Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Delayed Justice, Hidden Justice #3, by Cara Putman

Book description: 

She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.

   Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.

   Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

My review:

  This is the third book in The Hidden Justice Series, and the best in my opinion. It deals with the very tough issue of child molestation. I personally only know what I have read, but I felt the author portrayed the issue and the feelings of the victims very well and compassionately.

  Putman has come up with some great characters for her books, and I have liked all of them. I found myself liking the two main characters in this one even more than the other two. There's Jamie, molested as a child by her uncle, and now finally ready to come forward and get justice. And then there is Chandler, military vet working to help other vets deal with PTSD and other issues facing them as they leave the military. I am not a dog lover, but I even liked Chandler's dog.....and loved his name - Aslan.

   I love suspense, and there was a lot of it in this book. Typically, one of the main characters...usually the female, is the one in danger. In Delayed Justice, both characters have their own dangers and bad guys after them.

  The book also dealt with the issues of trusting God. Jamie has a hard time believing in and trusting God since He never stopped her sexual abuse as a child. And though a fictional character, Chandler's faith made me long to have the kind of faith described in the book.

 The large majority of legal thrillers I have read have been by male authors. Putman has proven in this book and the other 2 books that she can hold her own with those male authors. She has again written a great novel of suspense and drama that I had a hard time putting down. I definitely recommend it.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Cara C. Putman lives in Indiana with her husband and four children. She’s an attorney and a teacher at her church as well as lecturer at Purdue. She has loved reading and writing from a young age and now realizes it was all training for writing books. She loves bringing history and romance to life.

An honors graduate of the University of Nebraska, George Mason University School of Law, and Krannert School of Management, Cara left small town Nebraska and headed to Washington, D.C., to launch her career in public policy.

Cara is an author chasing hard after God as she lives a crazy life. She invites you to join her on that journey. She's currently writing her 26th & 27th books with more on the way. Please check out her website (http://www.caraputman.com/) to learn more about her books and read first chapters.

Delayed Justice is available from Thomas Nelson.

Thanks to the launch team for the review copy.