“Imperfect Justice” by Cara Putman

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The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister – right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in the race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl – and find a future for themselves in the process?


Cara Putman penned the perfect mystery in Imperfect Justice.  Building layer upon layer of intrigue and suspense, she’ll keep you guessing until the very last chapter.

Putman writes realistic characters that you’ll want to cheer on to success in their endeavors – in this case, in finding the truth about what happened to Kaylene Adams.  Emilie is a determined lawyer and caring person, and I love the way that she navigated the waves of trouble that kept coming her way.

I enjoyed Reid’s journey to realization about how distant his family had become.  Family is an important thing, and the lessons that Reid learned throughout this story are ones that we should all heed.

The best part of this story is the reality of the trouble that Kaylene finds herself in – well, the best and worst.  It’s very realistic, which keeps the suspense factor high.  That reality is what makes it sad, though, because the thought of someone actually experiencing what Kaylene did is awful – but Putman handles the situation carefully.  Between the problems that Emilie sees at work, Kaylene’s situation, and Emilie’s unique problem itself, any reader will understand why it’s important to choose a relationship carefully. Putman provides hope for the reader and valuable lessons about a woman’s worth no matter her current romantic situation, and I appreciate the theme that she’s leaving readers with:  that God loves you for you, and it’s never to late to find hope and help if you need it.

Putman’s Imperfect Justice is dramatic and suspenseful both, and I love the combination.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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I received a free copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity.  All opinions are my own.


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