When I first read the description of Delayed Justice by Cara Putman there was a part of me that wanted to read it. I love books about the law and justice that are filled with intrigue. But the subject matter, sexual abuse of children, almost made me shy way. I’m glad that I didn’t let that stop me, because this was a really good book.
Delayed Justice is about a public defender, Jamie Nichols, who has finally come to a place of healing in her own life. She has found her voice to speak up and bring to justice the man who took away her childhood. But she will be up against political forces who will stop at nothing to shut her up. Chandler Bolton, a former Vet, has scars of his own but now works to help former Vets integrate into life back home in the United States. Together they will have the opportunity to help a young girl get justice and begin to heal, in part through the use of a therapy dog Aslan.
I especially liked the friendships that Jamie had with Caroline, Hayden, Emilie and Savannah. They were the kind of friends you want in your corner. They were there for Jamie when she needed them and even when she didn’t know it. I appreciated how Jamie’s parents responded when hearing for the first time what their daughter endured as a child and how they came alongside her to be there for her as she sought justice. I loved Chandler and his patient and tender approach as he sought to get to know this intriguing and heroic young woman.
Cara did a great job in handling a sensitive and delicate topic which has affected far too many people and left indelible scars. She was able to tell the stories of Jamie and Tiffany and what happened to them without going into graphic details. She kept the focus on the people and used the story to help make known some of the ways child sexual abuse may impact survivors long after childhood. Seeking justice and healing the emotional and cognitive scars can happen. It takes time and support. I appreciated how Cara included the Christian faith and wove it into the characters and storyline.
I highly recommended Delayed Justice by Cara Putman. Her legal background and research came through to help make a really good novel. Cara’s writing is new to me and I look forward to discovering her earlier work.
I would like to thank BookLook and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to read Delayed Justice in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.