By Kelly Bridgewater
Hayden McCarthy is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious D.C. law firm . . . if the case she's just been handed doesn't destroy her first.
Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain when justice is not served. It's why she became an attorney and why she's so driven in her career. When she's assigned a wrongful death case against the government, she isn't sure if it's the lucky break she needs to secure a partnership—or an attempt to make sure she never gets there.
Further complicating matters is Andrew, her roommate’s distractingly attractive cousin. But Andrew’s father is a Congressman, and Hayden's currently taking on the government. Could the timing be any worse?
The longer she keeps the case active, the higher the stakes become. Unknown enemies seem determined to kill the case—or her. Logic and self-preservation would indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?
I enjoy a good romantic suspense that is different and doesn't read like every other one out there. I have read plenty of romantic suspense to know that the story can be taken two different ways. I have seen some authors who rely highly on the romance side, whereas, I have read some authors who rely heavy on the suspense side. So it depends on that author and what they want more in their story. As for Cara Putnam, I believe she wanted to side with the suspense side more.
With Cara Putnam's Beyond Justice, she didn't rely on the typical hero and heroine professions of law enforcement. Instead, she took a lawyer and a Senator's son, who creates political cartoons. It was refreshing to see something else, and I believe Putnam did a good job at creating these two characters. Both of these characters really didn't change or have a dark moment that I had to see them work through. As for the legal profession of Hayden, Putnam uses her own knowledge of the courtroom, which shined in her heroine. Hayden is a strong, confident woman who knows what she needs to win this case, and she will stop at nothing to seek justice for her clients.
Majority of the story focused on allowing Hayden to solve the case she was handed by her boss. A dead Mexican son as he crossed into America. The Mexican drug cartel stories have been overdone and usually have the same predictable ending. Putnam did not. She took a different route and showed how far the drug cartel can reach into our American culture. It made me shiver as I thought of how it could reach to my small town. Putnam does include the typical putting the heroine's live in danger with someone chasing her and getting closer as Hayden grew closer and closer to the truth. But . . . there were moments where the story slowed down a lot. Many conversations showing Hayden's thought process that I felt could have been peeled back a little.
Being a romantic suspense novel, I expected some type of romance between the hero and heroine, but Putnam uses the romance as a side note, really a glimpse among the suspense. Not demanding the complete plot. What romance happens on the pages, I think, should be deleted because the romantic ending doesn't really match the romance in the rest of the story.
On a final note, I did enjoy the story and believe that fans of Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, and Brandilyn Collins will enjoy Beyond Justice. I think the audience to read Beyond Justice should be mature enough to handle the information presented. I wouldn't want to scare some kids into thinking that this happens around them all the time.
I received a complimentary copy of Cara Putnam's Beyond Justice from Thomas Nelson Publishing, and the opinions stated are all my own.
My Rating: 4 out 5 stars