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Monday, April 17, 2017

Iola Goulton reviews BEYOND JUSTICE by Cara Putman

Iola Goulton reviews Beyond Justice by Cara Putman

Amazon Description

Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first.

Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.

Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden's currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?

The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?


My Review

Cara Putman has a books published in a range of genres, including a legal textbook. Given that background, I guess it was only a matter of time before she moved from historical fiction and contemporary romance into legal thrillers.

I hope Beyond Justice is the beginning of a long series. Beyond Justice is the story of Hayden McCarthy, associate attorney in a major Washington law firm who has just been assigned a new case: the death of a Mexican teenager in government custody.

But the case isn’t going as planned. The victim’s mother barely wants to talk to her. His brother is afraid of something. Her boss is hiding something. Hayden talks her roommate into helping with some undercover research, and then there is Andrew, her roommate’s handsome cousin, who seems to be hanging around a lot … and who seems to have ties to her case.

Yes, there is a developing relationship with Andrew, but the focus of the story is squarely on the legal investigation. This does leave the romance a little undercooked, but it’s a legal thriller, not a romantic suspense novel.

And Beyond Justice is the perfect legal thriller—great characters, lots of action, plenty of twists and turns, and enough legalese to set the scene without it starting to sound like reading a court transcript.

Recommended for fans of John Grisham and Robert Whitlow.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review. You can find out more about Cara Putman at her website (and you can download a free copy of her prequel novella, which is also a must-read).

About Reviewer Iola Goulton:

I am a freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon US Reviewer Rank that floats around 5,000 (and I'm in the Top 50 at Amazon Australia).

Monday, April 3, 2017

Iola Goulton reviews IF I'M FOUND by Terri Blackstock

Iola Goulton reviews If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

Amazon Description

In this riveting sequel to the USA TODAY bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness.

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail cell.

My Review 

Accused of murdering her journalist friend, Casey Cox is on the run again, pursued by the private investigator hired to find her, and by the crooked cops who set her up. As with If I Run, we follow along as she attempts to prove her innocence. This time, she heads to Dallas to follow a lead, but again gets caught up in the lives of the people she meets.

Meanwhile, she is being chased by crooked cops who want to pin the murder on her, and a straight-talking PI who knows she’s innocent, but hasn’t worked out how to prove it … or who he can trust. If I’m Found is a well-written fast-paced action-packed read. If you read and enjoyed If I Run, or enjoy thriller and suspense novels, then I absolutely recommend If I’m Found.

But don’t read If I’m Found if you haven’t read the first book in the series, If I Run, because If I’m Found follows straight on from the end of If I Run and you’ll want to read them in order.

Don’t read If I’m Found if you don’t like books written in first person, because If I’m Found is written in first person from three different points of view. That will annoy some readers.

Don’t read If I’m Found if you prefer light romances where the hero and heroine experience only first-world middle-class conflicts and problems, like broken fingernails and not being able to connect to wifi. Casey has serious will-she-live problems.

Don’t read If I’m found if you want a story with a definite end. If I’m Found is the second book in the series, and who ever heard of a series with just two books? Yes, this book has a definite plot with a definite end, but it’s also part of a longer series with an overall plot arc that this novel contributes towards but doesn’t finish.

And don’t read If I’m Found if you’ve just paid for a manicure. Because this will ruin your manicure.

Warning: If I’m Found has some adult situations … well, what should be adult situations except the victim is a small child. Nothing is spelled out, but it still managed to get my heart pumping with anger, and I could absolutely understand why Casey chose to put herself in another potentially compromising situation.

A must for thriller fans!

Thanks to NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.

About the Reviewer


I am a freelance editor specializing in Christian fiction, and you can find out more about my services at my website, or follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram.

I love reading, and read and review around 150 Christian books each year on my blog. I'm a Top 25 Reviewer at Christian Book, in the Top 1% of reviewers at Goodreads, and have an Amazon US Reviewer Rank that floats around 5,000 (and I'm in the Top 50 at Amazon Australia).