One of my favorite things about this book was how perfectly it nailed what the ruthless life of Washington D.C. is like. I live outside the Beltway, but I know plenty of people who live in the glittering, grungy world that attorney Emilie Wesley inhabits. It's a place where everyone is trying to make an impression, to win some competition or other, to edge just a little bit ahead in their own personal race.
Emile Wesley works for a no-profit that helps abused women escape dangerous and harmful marriages. She's confident, talented, and determined. But when one of her clients winds up dead, accused of shooting both her daughters before turning the gun on herself, Emilie's whole world crumbles. She's convinced her client could never have done such a horrible thing, not when she was on the verge of escaping a manipulative, abusive husband.
But the only person who believes the same thing is the dead woman's brother, Reid Billings. He's a hotshot investor whose instincts and drive have pushed him to the top tiers of the D.C. financial world. Now Reid and Emilie must team up to prove his dead sister's innocence and stop her abusive husband from retaining custody of their surviving daughter. But an uncle's rights in a custody case are minimal compared to a biological father's, and their chances of winning are slim at best.
I really enjoy legal thrillers, though I don't read a ton of them. I will definitely seeking out more books by Cara Putman because I thoroughly dug this. Especially because it included a lot of discussions of how a Christian behaves in situations like this, whether they can forgive those who intentionally harm them, and what happens when they do.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG-13 for discussions of physical and emotional abuse, scary situations, and violence.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for me to read while judging the INSPY awards. In no way did I agree to review this book in exchange. These are my honest opinions.