This was a really easy book to get hooked on. Within the first chapter I found myself finding it hard to put this book down. I love books that make you bargain with yourself on how many more pages you will allow yourself to read before you get back to the real world, and this was one of those books. I also found myself breaking all those bargains to read just one more chapter.
The author gives you a glimpse into the life of a single mother of a special needs child. The struggles she faces with a demanding career and a son who needs a whole lot of her time and attention. This is not just a thriller, or a murder mystery, but a story about family. The author tells a tale that both horrifies and humbles. The story is filled with characters that range from the deeply disturbed to the completely devoted.
This book would have easily been a 5 star book, had it not been for Danielles detective disasters. I found myself getting so mad at how much she got away with in the courtroom and with all her illegally obtained evidence, that it was raising my blood pressure to dangerous levels. I realize that this is a work of fiction, but it got pretty unbelievable at the end at times. Had the author stayed more true to life in that regard, this book would have been practically perfect. As it is, Perry Mason-esque courtroom scenes aside, it was pretty damn good.
Cherise Everhard, October 2010
Enjoyed this - lots of court room drama, written by a lawyer. Only thing I didn't like was last chapter when the author put in a gory description of the murder scene. Seemed like this was too much and not necessary.
I really liked this book. It felt real, and kept me on the edge of my seat at so many times.
Max Parkman is an autistic boy a high functioning autistic boy. After a downward spiral Danielle, Max's mother brings him to the best mental facility in the country to try and sold the issue for his outburst and suicidal tendencies.
While at the hospital some things start not going so smoothly. Danielle steps in to sold what's going on. The hospital refuses to release information on how they are treating Max. After some investigation she decides to take Max out of the facility. They wont allow it. Shortly afterwards a murder occurs with another client at the facility, Max is left to blame, convinced her son is innocent she goes on a search jumping through hoops of all sorts to prove his innocence.
I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say the ending left me shocked. I did start to guess something along the lines of who committed the murder,but like how it ended. I don't think this will spoil anything, but I can't wait for a sequel.
I absolutley Loved this book. My cousin (who is also part of this website) read it before i did and let me borrow it. It had me interested within the first few chapters and i found myself reading for hours just to find out what would happen next. The disturbing twists and courtroom action kept me on the edge of my seat and the fact that all ended well was the icing on the cake.
I really had problems with the tense this book was written in. Also, I didn't feel conected with the characters. Now that I have that out of my system, the plot was good. The old cliche of "twists and turns" fits. I bought this book thinking it was going to be a 5-star. I can only give it a 3.5 because I was curious enough to finish it.