Imperfect Justice

Imperfect Justice

“This is the way legal thrillers are meant to be—compelling, intelligent, and deeply satisfying.” —Randy Singer, author of Rule of LawTHE 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 d...

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Title:Imperfect Justice
Author:Cara C. Putman
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Imperfect Justice Reviews

  • Andrea Cox

    by Andrea Renee Cox

    Wow! I want to reread this book immediately, but I don’t have the time.

    was so complex and interesting. From stalkers and murders to grief, domestic violence, and custody battles, this book pretty much had a little of everything. Don’t let that intimidate you, though. These things were all balanced out by faith and clean romance. The fact that domestic violence and fighting for folks stuck in those scenarios were featured made this an especially great read. T

    by Andrea Renee Cox

    Wow! I want to reread this book immediately, but I don’t have the time.

    was so complex and interesting. From stalkers and murders to grief, domestic violence, and custody battles, this book pretty much had a little of everything. Don’t let that intimidate you, though. These things were all balanced out by faith and clean romance. The fact that domestic violence and fighting for folks stuck in those scenarios were featured made this an especially great read. The encouragement to get out of unsafe relationships was well presented, with heart, compassion, and experience. For those who are in the position of being abused, I pray this book will provide hope that you can survive and find joy in a brighter tomorrow.

    I am so thankful that Cara Putman started writing legal suspense. It’s one of my favorite genres, but finding clean ones can be tricky! Not anymore. With Ms. Putman at the helm, I know I’m in for a great and intriguing story filled with people I’d love to know in person (okay, not so much in Robert’s case) and settings that are beautiful and rich and special. This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2017, and the story between the covers held up well to that anticipation. I cannot wait for the next installment of this series. I’m hoping it’s about who I think it is! I’m sensing another romance brewing, but I’m very excited to see what cases those characters will tackle.

    I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, authors, and sites like Netgalley, Litfuse Publicity Group, and Blogging for Books. They do not require me to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  • Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    Come over and check out my Interview with Cara on my blog!

    Imperfect Justice was a 5 star read and I was so impatient waiting for this second book in the Hidden Justice series. It was so worth the wait. I loved the romance and the legal thriller combination of this book.

    You are going to love Emilee and Reid. I can't wait for you all to read this one.

    The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  • Regina Jennings

    Bite-Your-Fingernails Fiction

    Cara Putman is a master at bringing both drama and heart to real-life legal conflicts. In Imperfect Justice, Attorney Emilie Wesley deals with a horrifying situation, and if she fails the consequences would be tragic. Not only does she need to clear the name of her client, she also has to prove the killer's guilt to save a child. And even with those high stakes, I was never sure exactly what would happen. With Putman's willingness to tackle the tough issues, all opti

    Bite-Your-Fingernails Fiction

    Cara Putman is a master at bringing both drama and heart to real-life legal conflicts. In Imperfect Justice, Attorney Emilie Wesley deals with a horrifying situation, and if she fails the consequences would be tragic. Not only does she need to clear the name of her client, she also has to prove the killer's guilt to save a child. And even with those high stakes, I was never sure exactly what would happen. With Putman's willingness to tackle the tough issues, all options are on the table, leaving readers with the delightful uneasiness that nothing is safe about the story. Especially with an obsessed stalker lurking unseen and unconfronted as Emilie tries to build her case.

    I cheered every secondary character in the book, hoping that they will be the heroines of future installments in this series!

    This was a "pick-up and read in one setting" book for me. You won't be disappointed.

  • Sarah Sundin

    Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is a riveting legal thriller. As Reid and Emilie race to save a little girl, their mutual grief and self-doubts provide realistic and touching counterpoints. The story illustrates the plight of women trapped in abusive relationships, timely and relevant and sobering. Imperfect Justice is an excellent continuation of the Hidden Justice series, but it easily stands alone. I loved this book!

  • Hannah

    I found this legal thriller to be very enjoyable and couldn't put it down at all for the last third of the book. Generally I've found it hard to engage in legal thrillers because the legalese bogs me down, but not at all with these! I definitely hope that Cara Putman continues to write more legal suspense, because it's so hard to find a good one.

    Emilie was an engaging character and it's easy to like her. The whole story of Kaylene's death was so sad...it's easy to see where the "imperfect" part

    I found this legal thriller to be very enjoyable and couldn't put it down at all for the last third of the book. Generally I've found it hard to engage in legal thrillers because the legalese bogs me down, but not at all with these! I definitely hope that Cara Putman continues to write more legal suspense, because it's so hard to find a good one.

    Emilie was an engaging character and it's easy to like her. The whole story of Kaylene's death was so sad...it's easy to see where the "imperfect" part of the title comes in. Reid comes in with a strong presence; I'd have liked to see a bit more of where his career was going as well (a certain somebody needed a good comeuppance).

    Definitely read book one to get the backstory on this!

    I couldn't give it quite five stars because I saw the stalker coming a mile away and felt she made some foolish decisions about her interactions with someone like that. Also, the mentions of the "hunter on the parkway" from the last book were repeated, then explained with "thinning a deer overpopulation" at the halfway point. In my town they let people hunt an overpopulation only with bow and arrow to minimize danger to citizens, and DC is WAY more populated than here. There would be a great deal of oversight of a thinning of the population and it wouldn't be dismissed out of hand by the police.

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free review copy. A favorable review was not required.

  • Staci

    Well done suspense novel! I was pulled in with the prologue and remained engaged the entire novel.

    As an advocate for abused women, Emilie has a difficult job. She tries not to get too emotionally involved as sometimes she does her best and there isn't a happily ever after. Emilie was on the verge of making a positive impact for her client Kaylene and then tragedy struck. With this particular client, Emilie just can't let go of what has happened and works toward justice. I was intrigued by what s

    Well done suspense novel! I was pulled in with the prologue and remained engaged the entire novel.

    As an advocate for abused women, Emilie has a difficult job. She tries not to get too emotionally involved as sometimes she does her best and there isn't a happily ever after. Emilie was on the verge of making a positive impact for her client Kaylene and then tragedy struck. With this particular client, Emilie just can't let go of what has happened and works toward justice. I was intrigued by what steps were taken to find the truth of what happened to Kaylene. The story line and conclusion were completely plausible.

    There was a nice blend of suspense and romance in the pages.

    My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Shalini

    This book made me think, it didn’t make me think about the story, but about the underlying reason for this story to be born. It’s a romantic suspense with a bit of legal framework. But the basic plot rests on domestic violence, a violence that sometimes is obvious but most other times, it’s insidious, making its attacks, hidden.

    The story is simple enough; Kaylene Adams killed her elder daughter, critically injured her younger one before killing herself. This was the truth which was so incongruo

    This book made me think, it didn’t make me think about the story, but about the underlying reason for this story to be born. It’s a romantic suspense with a bit of legal framework. But the basic plot rests on domestic violence, a violence that sometimes is obvious but most other times, it’s insidious, making its attacks, hidden.

    The story is simple enough; Kaylene Adams killed her elder daughter, critically injured her younger one before killing herself. This was the truth which was so incongruous and unbelievable but to only two people, Kaylene’s lawyer, Emily Wesley and her brother, Reid Billings. They work together to find out the ultimate truth to save the younger child and in the process, find each other and true love.

    The author Cara Putman, has given the main character, Emilie Wesley, a leading role in the entire story, she is young, she is daring, she is all heart where her clients are concerned, and she is a lawyer fighting for the women who want to escape difficult domestic situations. Enter Reid Billings, he is everything that Emilie could have asked for and more. Cara Putman has made both these characters fit in such a way that they appear to be two halves of a whole.

    But this story is not all romance, it’s a legal thriller based on investigation and court appearances, where the safety of a young child is at stake and the two main characters have to race against time to discover the truth.

    Cara Putman writes a good Christian legal romance, giving justice to all the three parts. Her faith in God is well seen in the passages written in the book. She has taken all the problems of modern life, career VS family, relationships, safety for children, domestic violence, pressures at work and the ultimate faith in God, and weaved it into the different chapters of the book.

    Inspite of all the above points, I still took 3 days to finish this book as the story was not gripping or fast paced, there are places where the main character rambles on and on. A legal thriller is filled with adrenaline, this seemed diluted with water. Court appearances should have brilliant open and closing statements along with a terrific cross examination.

    Though the last few pages were good but they could have definitely been better. A book which has been likened to be the next John Grisham is lacking because of the lackluster investigations and court proceedings and the fast pace.

    This is my first book by author Cara Putman and I admire the way she has written her story basing it on domestic violence. She has taken her experiences of working with abused women and written it sensitively in this story. Kudos to her.

    There is a line in the book which echoes with all the women in this world

    Emilie wanted to be loved. She didn’t want to disappear into someone else’s control…

    I received an ARC from the publisher Thomas Nelson as a gift via NetGalley and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  • Chloe

    Everybody believes eves that Kaylene Adams killed one of her daughters and then injured the other one before killing herself except her lawyer Emilie and Kaylene’s brother Reid.Emilie works for domestic violence victims and believes Kaylene was trying to escape her controlling husband. Reid and Emilie race against time to save Kaylene’s younger daughter along with Emilie trying to fight off an unknown personal stalker

    This is my first book by Cara Putman and it’s a cozy , Christian , legal thril

    Everybody believes eves that Kaylene Adams killed one of her daughters and then injured the other one before killing herself except her lawyer Emilie and Kaylene’s brother Reid.Emilie works for domestic violence victims and believes Kaylene was trying to escape her controlling husband. Reid and Emilie race against time to save Kaylene’s younger daughter along with Emilie trying to fight off an unknown personal stalker

    This is my first book by Cara Putman and it’s a cozy , Christian , legal thriller.It’s not a fast paced book but a slow read about domestic violence which is never easy to read or write.

    Many thanks to a Thomas Nelson & NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest and fair review.

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  • Denise

    Legal drama about domestic violence featuring one of the main characters from the previous book in this "Hidden Justice" series.

    Emilie Wesley, an attorney and reporter, is the roommate of Hayden McCarthy and cousin of Hayden's boyfriend, Andrew. This book is Emilie's story. She's working at the Haven, a non-profit that serves women who want to escape difficult or abusive domestic situations. When one of her clients, Kaylene Adams, doesn't show up for a protective order hearing, Emilie is suprise

    Legal drama about domestic violence featuring one of the main characters from the previous book in this "Hidden Justice" series.

    Emilie Wesley, an attorney and reporter, is the roommate of Hayden McCarthy and cousin of Hayden's boyfriend, Andrew. This book is Emilie's story. She's working at the Haven, a non-profit that serves women who want to escape difficult or abusive domestic situations. When one of her clients, Kaylene Adams, doesn't show up for a protective order hearing, Emilie is suprised. Kaylene seemed so determine to get out with her two daughters. As she is leaving court, a news alert reports mutliple shootings -- apparently Kaylene has shot one daughter dead, injured the other and killed herself. But that can't be right, can it?

    The bulk of the rest of the story is about Kaylene's brother, Reid Billings, asking Emilie to help him get custody of the surviving daughter away from Kaylene's husband, Robert. The whole case moves very slowly -- probably because the main narrative is taken up with Emilie having a bit of a breakdown and a career crisis all while fearing she has a stalker. And if that's not enough to take away from the whole legal issues that are mentioned here and there, the rest of of the plot focuses on the romance between Emilie and Reid. So, to sum it up, the book is mostly angst with heavy dose of romance and a touch of legal proceedings. In addition, there is an extreme Christian theme -- which in an of itself is OK -- but every single character is always talking about it?? Hard to imagine that world and everyone on the same religious theme page all the time. Got to be too much, really. A little goes a long way. It seemed that this book was less about legal and more about romance and religion so it really wasn't much of a thriller nor was it suspenseful.

    And the mystery of what happened in the Adams's house? Predictable and drug on forever with a rushed ending. I selected these two books in the series because I wanted to read legal thrillers, but I don't think I will read more for the reasons above. I was disappointed by this sequel.

    I did, however, want to mention that I live in KC and have also spent hours in the Nelson-Atkins Museum staring at the original Monet painting the author describes. The wall-sized water lilies painting is amazing.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Nelson, Inc. for the e-book ARC to read and review.

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