Anything by Jilliane Hoffman is good. I think this is her best book. She not a well known author but this book, or any of her other two books will keep you on the edge of your seat. She's one author that I really keep an eye on for new releases.
This was great! Great characters that I cared about, riveting mystery; the reader one of the best I've yet heard. I could hardly wait for my morning drive to hear the next chapter. Highly recommended if you like an exciting, puzzling story.
This was my first murder mystery-type book, and WOW! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I listened to it on audio, and it was so good that I had to order the next book this author wrote, LAST WITNESS. Really great book! I will say that there is some really strong language in it.
Amanda P. reviewed Retribution (C. J. Townsend, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
Enjoyed this book a lot. The first few pages really grab your attention and then it is slow for about 80 pages, but the author makes up for it in the end. Last hundred pages I did not want to put it down. Overall a good read.
Excellent story and a great first novel for the author. It is perhaps more gory than my taste but it was unexpected and asks some powerful questions. How far should ethics bind a person? Perhaps further than we like to admit but then again, we all have a need to see justice prevail.
At the heart of "Retribution" is C.J. Townsend, a brilliant prosecutor in Miami, well-known for keeping her cool while trying even the most horrific cases. The latest suspect is as base as they come; a vicious killer who savors cruelty and considers murder an art. Amid a maelstrom of media attention, C.J. has just begun to build her case when she is struck with a shattering personal blow connected to her past. Now everything will ride on her ability to hold herself together long enough to put the accused away forever.
Uneshia S. reviewed Retribution (C. J. Townsend, Bk 1) on
Although I normally don't read thrillers or court room dramas, when I started reading this book at a friends house I could not put it down. This was a page turner indeed that will have you gripped from the very first page.
C. J. Townsend is a brilliant state prosecutor known for keeping her cool even when trying the most horrific cases. The current murderer is as base as they come - a vicious killer who savors cruelty and considers murder an art form. Amid a maelstrom of media coverage, C. J. builds her case until she is struck with a shattering blow from her past. Now, everything rides on her ability to hold herself together long enough to put the criminal behind bars forever.
I enjoyed this story even though it was a little farfetched toward the end. I give it an A!
The Barnes & Noble Review
This debut novel by a former assistant state attorney is a crime drama/courtroom thriller offering authentic forensic details, legal quandaries, and a surprising, enthralling plot.
After Chloe Larson is raped and left for dead by a madman in a clown mask, she changes her name, starts a new life in Miami, and becomes a prosecutor for the state attorney. A dozen years later she's given the task of prosecuting William Bantling, who is suspected of being "Cupid," a serial killer who butchers women. Chloe recognizes him as her rapist and begins to slide towards a possible mental breakdown. As she tampers with the case to make sure Bantling pays for his crimes,, she's beset by the question: Even if Bantling is her assailant, does that prove he's also Cupid?
Hoffman provides expert twists throughout a novel that starts off grippingly and never lets up. With smooth prose, and an inviting narrative style, the author creates believable and sympathetic characters, and although Retribution is intensely graphic and unsettling at times, Hoffman brings expertise and street credibility to her work. This is a darkly compelling, often gut-wrenching novel about a victim's attempt to balance the craving for personal revenge with the desire for justice. Tom Piccirilli
Well, I read all those positive reviews, but nothing can overcome my skepticism at the logic of the protagonist prosecuting attorney going forward with a clear conflict of interest, ostensibly because she was the only one who knew about the conflict, all afraid that the rapist-murderer would get off because someone else trying it would f**k it up.
The problem is that the rapist made a study of all his victims and HE knew about the conflict. which he would probably use in his defense.
This author needs a good editor to notice things like that!
CJ Townsend is a state prosecutor in Maimi. The latest suspect is a vicious killer who considers murder an art. As CJ builds her case, she is struck with a shattering personal blow connected with her past. Now everything rides on her ability to hold herself together to put the accused away forever.
This is a difficult book to put down once begun. It has interesting plot twiests that I didn't anticipate, and characters that didn't totally defy believability. I found the moral conundrum of C.J., which leads to the title of the book, compelling and thought-provoking. This is an excellent debut, and I eagerly await more novels by the talented Ms. Hoffman.
Chloe Larsaon was, an usual, in a mad bliding rush. She had all of ten minutes to change into something suitable to wear to the Phantom of the Opera currently sold out a year in advance and the hottest show on broadway put on a face and catch the 6:52 p.m. train our of bayside into the city which was in itself a three minute car ride from her apartmen to the station.....