Damaged by Pamela Callow #Review
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How far are you willing to go to forget your past?
Haunted by the death of her sister and wounded by her ex-fiancé’s accusations, Kate Lange throws herself into her new career at a high-powered law firm.
When the grandmother of a lonely private school student seeks her counsel, Kate thinks it’s just another custody case. But then the teen is brutally murdered. And it isn’t only Kate who wonders if her legal advice led to the girl’s death.
How far are you willing to go to redeem yourself?
Put on notice by Randall Barrett, the firm’s charismatic managing partner, Kate must fight for her career, for her reputation – and for redemption.
Unwilling to live with the damage she may have caused, Kate pursues the case on her own and unearths some chilling facts.
Facts that lead straight to the heart of a legal conspiracy.
Facts that lead Kate directly into the surgically skilled hands of the Body Butcher.
The first book in the Kate Lange legal thriller series. A Levy “Need to Read” pick with Top Ten Bestseller display. Now under option for television development.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Hearts
Review: Attorney Kate Lange, in the midst of trying to prove herself to her new law firm so she can get off probation and be hired permanently, discovers that the “fluffy” family law case she’s given is anything but. The young woman, for whom her grandmother is seeking custody, is found murdered and dismembered and that sends Kate down a rabbit hole of street kids, murder cops, and body part trafficking that may end up more deadly than it first appears.
Reminiscent of the novels by John Grisham, this fast-paced legal thriller caught my attention quickly and did not let go for the entirety of the book. Set in Nova Scotia, there was some terminology that was not familiar to me, and I’m certainly not familiar with the law, regardless of the country. However, I have read enough legal thrillers that I was able to understand based on context. Like many other novels in this genre, the attorney ends up running into the police investigation by doing her own leg work and I’m not sure what would happen to an attorney in that instance in a real-life investigation. However, it does make for a thrilling story, so I’m willing to give the author (and others like her) poetic license. Kate seemed a little whiny in the beginning of the book, but her character grew on me, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in her life.
I am also a big fan of romance novels, so the only thing I really didn’t like about the book is the sort-of romance qualities presented. I would have love to have seen the romance aspects more fully developed or left out of the novel all together. Beyond that, it was a solidly-told story with strong characters and plot development. Due to the grisly nature of the murders presented, I would recommend it to mature readers 16+.
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock