Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman (Review)

Imperfect Justice
(Hidden Justice #2)
by Cara Putman
Christian Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
December 5th 2017 by Thomas Nelson


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?

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My Review

IMPERFECT JUSTICE is a story of a woman's fight to save women in abusive relationships and the one loss that deeply impacts her while also opening up a new direction for her life. The romance is sweet and develops slowly while the suspense steadily grows to a climatic end. Recommended to those who enjoy inspirational romantic suspense and legal thrillers.

This story was full of sweet moments between friends and heartbreaking ones as Emilie loses a client unexpectedly and deals with trying to free other clients from abuse. She has her own demons to deal with as well as a current stalker. I really liked her character and especially loved her group of friends. Reid was also quite likable. Both are very talented and also made a great team. The legal aspects were interesting in some ways, although one instance wasn't authentic when a protection order was knowingly broken by an attorney and something that wouldn't happen in the real world. Otherwise, I enjoyed the setting and they legal aspects of the story.

The inspirational elements were fairly consistent throughout the story, but not overly heavy. I did feel like that it was a little awkwardly introduced into Emilie's storyline. It kind of just crashed in and even startled her in the scene, which felt weird to me. I would have liked it to be more subtle or a natural part of her story from the beginning. In comparison, the religious aspects of Reid's life felt natural and like a part of who he is and a natural part of his life.

What I enjoyed most about this story was Emilie and Reid's fight to protect his niece and to find out what really happened to Kaylene. I also loved how their friendship developed and then grew to something more. I also adored the ending!

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was an enjoyable legal thriller on the lighter suspense side and some nice romantic elements. I definitely plan on reading more books from this author.

Content: Some violence.
Source: I received a complimentary copy through Litfuse Publicity, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author

Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.

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