I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by CelebrateLit, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan
Published by Baker Publishing Group on September 5th 2017
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Romance, Suspense
Source: CelebrateLit, NetGalley
Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic TwistIn the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.
I was really excited about this book. It’s got all the things I love. Suspense, intrigue, a bit of action (perhaps not enough but that’s just here or there), mystery, and a clean story-line. Romance is neither here nor there for me in these stories, sometimes I get burned out on happily ever after. Sometimes I just want real life. There I go sidetracking myself again! Brass tacks: team of lawyers lead by the indomitable Kate takes on a major pharmaceutical company in a class action lawsuit, Big Pharma doesn’t like their odds and may or may not have done some shady dealings in their drug testing, where’s the truth lie and who is trying to sabotage the case from within? My synopsis. Intrigued yet? You should be!
I have just have to say it. Sometimes the omission of something is a bright red flashing neon arrow pointing at it. This alone is what created the situation where I knew who the culprit was entirely too close to the beginning of the book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the reveal, I loved how it carried throughout the story, but… Perhaps no one else caught this (or will catch this) and you are wondering if we read the same book. That’s OK. I realize that more often than not I pick up on things no one else does while missing glaringly obvious things that no one else misses. Welcome to Me-ness! The other things I need to address is the way faith was introduced into this book. I know, I know that’s almost a recurring theme for me … sometimes. Don’t count me out here. The way it was first introduced to the story wasn’t awkward at best and carried forward to a few more awkward interactions. By the time those conversations would have made more sense it wasn’t just awkwardly on the table already. It felt like ‘I need to get faith to the story so blam here ya go’.
That aside this book was intricately woven with twists and turns and missed exits and high speed action that created a story I didn’t want to put down. I didn’t care that I knew who did it, I still wanted to know how it ultimately got there. It didn’t matter that faith was awkward it still enhanced and added depth to the characters. I needed to know the outcome with this drug. I needed to know how the court case worked out. I even needed to know if they fell in love and stayed together. There was so much I needed to know. This book was well written and ticked off all the mystery/suspense/intrigue that I love in a great book. For that alone you need to read it.