Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . but she can’t prove it.
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Turner snapped and killed her daughter and then was shot by police. However, attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene was a nurturer at heart looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive marriage. Kaylene’s death shakes Emilie’s world and her belief that she can make a difference for these women. Self-doubt plagues her, and she finds herself struggling to continue her work in the wake of tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned of the manner of her death. He receives 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 take on his case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in the race to save Kinley Turner from a father who isn’t all that he seems, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. But if they can hang on to hope together, maybe they can save Kinley—and find a future for themselves in the process.
It is uncommon that you read a fiction book that you feel the helpless feeling of being entrapped in the web of abuse, the legal system and all from a novel. This one hits the mark. You experience the story, but also feel the hope of what Emilie was working towards for her clients. Ms. Putman’s research and knowledge of the legal system is amazing as she puts it into a fiction story.
I found myself not able to put this book down until I finished it, and I didn’t have time to read. I just kept going back to it again and again. It is that good. Just like other books, this author does not stand on a soapbox demanding you listen to her point of view, she helps you experience it in the novel.
The abuse that women suffer is not always physical and in fact, often is not. This story demonstrates how dangerous that can be, because often everyone on the outside is not aware. There was one quote that I was so glad to see included and touched on. In the story, a family member states how they were firm that they would not hear any bashing of a spouse after their granddaughter was married. She reiterates that if he ever hit her, that was not okay and to come to them for help right away, but otherwise they didn’t want to hear any struggles.
I was glad because this is a common belief perpetuated in Christian circles that they are doing a favor and saving marriages by encouraging a “no bashing” clause in the family. I will let you all read the book, as you should all read it, but just in case you don’t, know this. If you have ever said that to anyone, please go and let them know that you are sorry. It is one of the worst things you could ever say to anyone.
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Imperfect Justice (It is only 1.99 on kindle at the moment).