This is one novel I did not want to put down until I finished it, once I had started reading. I knew that Legal Thrillers do that for me, and so it was a while after I got it I read it. And I was right. This is a edge of the seat type of novel, drama on almost every page, drawing in the innocent, as well as targetting the guilty. With twists and turns and ups and downs and arounds throughout the story, it is difficult, though not impossible to figure out who wants the lawyer and client quiet. And yet, I continued reading to find out how far they were going to go to do this, and why. Was there really a deposit slip that had been buried so far in bureaucracy that it would not see the light of day, or was there no money? And why did it matter to Erin and Jared?
This is a well told novel that captivated my mind even when I was not reading it, and even now, after I have finished it. The book ends with Jessie, Jared's secretary, receiving a call for another case, and Jared accepting it. I will be watching for this next one with anticipation.
Since I did not receive a review copy, I will say that I do have some concerns. - Still, the book IS a very good read.
Bethany Hs. may be a "Christian" publisher, but in the past I have found that doesn't seem to mean too much. So the missing witness or stronger mention of faith is not so big a deal.
My concern is with the language in anything written by or for Christians. Pg. 62 has a totally superfluous description. Whether the author himself or the editor(s) are responsible - sorry, that lost the fifth star.
Another reviewer already mentioned Erin's absence at the bank. I wonder how the SUV turned into a sedan. (: )
Not to spoil things but the last couple of sentences in the book seem to indicate another book? I hope so.
Book Summary: This courtroom drama centers around Erin Larson-who recently lost her estranged father. As she goes through his estate, she finds a deposit slip made out to the local bank in the amount of ten million dollars. The bank claims the deposit slip is a fake, but determined to find out more about her father's life, she hires an attorney to investigate. Threats, lies, and rumors not only threaten Erin's life, but drive multiple attorneys and investigators away.
Finally, she finds an attorney that is willing to take on the case no matter the cost-Jared Neaton. Together, they, along with Jared's assistant and friends, work to piece together what happened-and determine once and for all the truth about the deposit slip.
My Take: You know, I love a good courtroom drama, but I have to admit, I was quite disappointed with this one. I thought the idea was good, and I liked the characters (both the good, and the bad ones), but the pace of the book wasn't great. The first 300 pages focused on how impossible the case was-to the point that I was getting bored, and really just wanted to get to what was going to happen! Finally, things started to happen, and it was almost like an afterthought to the rest of the story. It seemed a quick summary to try and tie things up super fast and be done. I would have loved to have had that part of the book drawn out a little more and taken more time to get to the conclusion. Also, for being a courtroom drama (at least that was what I thought it would be), there was very little time actually spent in the courtroom, which was kind of a bummer for me too.
So, my bottom line for this book-good story idea, good characters-but kind of a snoozer until after page 300. Maybe skip this one.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House for my unbiased opinion.
I found this book to be captivating from beginning to end. Never boring, the suspense only gets better from chapter to chapter. The author did a great job creating this story. The unexpected always presents its self. As more and more people become involved in uncovering the mystery behind the deposit slip and the efforts to maintain secrecy, the more dangerous it becomes, and an attorney who fights until the end. Even though he is at a financial disadvantage, overwhelmed by the large amount of documents received for review, yet, he has the determination to keep moving forward. Desperation and hardship leads to unfavorable results for one character in particular. I enjoyed reading this book at times becoming very anxious about the mystery behind the millions and it was not as I anticipated. As I mentioned earlier, the unexpected always presents its self and I am a bit confused about how Paul Larson was paid such a large sum. Overall, great book. Thanks Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to review this book at no charge.
Ten million dollars is missing after Erin Larson's fathers death. As she searches his deposit box at the bank, she finds a worn and tattered deposit slip saying he deposited that money in the bank. The bank has no record-now what. That is the storyline from a new book by Todd Johnson.
Erin has hired lawyers in the past to help, but of no avail. She hires Jared Neaton who really wants to help but wants the money more. He is up against a shady law firm who is making Jared's life and work extremely hard. He wants to help Erin, but he could lose everything or he could gain a lot of money. As he digs deeper he discovers something very dangerous and the people who want this to never come to trial are making threats to both Jared and Erin.
I found this a very good legal thriller, especially since the author is a lawyer. The storyline kept my interest, but one thing bothered me. Bethany is a Christian publisher and I found very little Christian emphasis or God working in their lives and that is what keeps me reading Christian fiction. Otherwise, this is a well written book.
Thank you Bethany Publishers for sending me this book free just for my honest opinion.