I love a good legal thriller, so I was excited to read the first book in Cara Putnam's new series, Hidden Justice. This book tackles some seriously interesting (and potentially divisive) issues: domestic violence, murder, police shootings, the legal system, and more. I have a lot of interest in these topics, so I couldn't wait to dive into this book. The back cover says:
"“This is the way legal thrillers are meant to be—compelling, intelligent, and deeply satisfying.” —Randy Singer, author of Rule of Law
THE POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS A MURDERER. EMILIE WESLEY KNOWS THEY CAN’T BE TALKING ABOUT HER CLIENT . . . CAN THEY?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?"
I really enjoyed the deft hand Cara used to handle this book and these topics. She managed to weave together an extremely interesting plot and story while simultaneously tackling some serious issues. This is a definite page turner and a top notch legal thriller. My only complaint about this book would be that the main character, Emilie, is a bit unlikable at times - she comes across as snobby and unwilling to help in some aspects of the story, and that kind of took me out of the story a bit at times. However, I enjoyed the story overall as a whole and I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good legal thriller.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.