Hayden is on track to become the youngest partner in her prestigious DC law firm . . .
If the case she’s just been handed doesn’t destroy her first.
Hayden McCarthy knows firsthand the pain that follows 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 Wesley, 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 indicate she should close the case. But how can she, when justice is still just beyond her reach?
About the Author
Cara Putman is the author of more than twenty-five legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at sixteen, college at twenty, completed her law degree at twenty-seven, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana. Visit her website at CaraPutman.com; Facebook: Cara.Putman; Twitter: @Cara_Putman.
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By Cara Putman
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THURSDAY, MARCH 30
The euphoria of winning a hard case vied in her thoughts with wondering what came next as Hayden McCarthy left the Alexandria courthouse. A colorful dance of tulips lined a flower box of the town house across the street, and the faint aroma of some hidden blossom scented the air. It was over.
Her client had needed her absolute best.
Hayden had delivered it and obtained justice.
She shifted her purse and readjusted her briefcase as she started down the street. Continue straight on King Street, and in a block she'd be at the office. Turn, and in four blocks she'd be home. Her town house's proximity both to work and the heart of Old Town Alexandria was why she loved the space she shared with a friend from law school.
So ... which way to go? The thought of going back to her office and confronting the waiting pile of work held no appeal. She would spend one night savoring success ... and recovering from the adrenaline pace of a roller-coaster trial and jury.
She'd make a salad and cup of tea, maybe pick up a novel. If that didn't hold her attention, she'd dig into her trial notes. Analyze what had worked and how the risk of requesting a new foreman after deliberations had begun had paid off.
Each step closer to home, her conservative navy pumps tapped the refrain. She. Had. Won. She let a smile spread across her face.
She left King Street and headed north on St. Asaph. Some of the buildings she passed housed businesses, but with each block the area became more residential. In one condo a senator lived. In another a congressman, next to him a chief of staff and other people with powerful political positions. When Hayden first moved to the city from small-town Nebraska, her head had turned at how easy it was to rub elbows with those who controlled destinies. Now it was only scandals or surprise retirements that caught her attention.
The evening was so pleasant she detoured and walked the couple blocks to Christ Church. The wrought iron fence around the church grounds beckoned her to settle in the shade of the stately trees. She opened the gate, then walked until she reached a bench. Settling on it, she breathed deeply and closed her eyes.
Father, thank You. It went well today.
She pushed against her eyes, daring relieved tears to fall.
There was no one else around, and Hayden sat quietly, waiting ... for something. Here within the shelter of a church more than two hundred years old, shouldn't she feel God's presence?
Yet there was ... nothing.
Not even a rustle of a breeze through the leaves that she could pretend was the Spirit moving.
I need You.
Still nothing. Then slowly she sensed His smile as warmth spread through her.
A couple came around the corner then, strolling along the garden path arm in arm, smiling at one another. They looked at ease and in tune as their strides matched.
What would it feel like to be that comfortable and safe with someone? To know you could trust another person with your most hidden parts? Hayden shook her head. Her life was full to the brim — no room for a relationship. She stood and walked the rest of the way home at a brisk pace.
When she reached her town house, she crossed the courtyard and dug her keys loose from the pit of her purse. The Wonder Woman key ring, a gift from a grateful client after she won what he called the unwinnable case, jiggled as she unlocked the door.
The moment she walked inside, Hayden kicked off her heels and set her bag on the chair next to the glass table by the door. Soft classical music flowed from the kitchen, and the aroma of something spicy filled the small space.
"Emilie?" Hayden leaned down to rub one of her arches, then straightened and moved toward the kitchen.
"Down here." Emilie Wesley's bubbly voice came from the stairway leading to the basement. "Can you check the oven for me?" "Sure. What are you making?" Hayden moved around the granite countertop and turned on the oven light. Emilie was a wonderful cook, but she often got distracted. "Mmm, lasagna. Looks great. It's bubbling around the edges, and the cheese looks perfect. You expecting company?" Hayden opened the fridge and pulled out salad ingredients. A salad plus a glass of sweet tea and she could disappear into her room ... though the pasta looked wonderful. If she was lucky, Emilie would save her some for lunch tomorrow.
Hayden was dicing a red pepper when two sets of footsteps echoed up the stairs.
"Look who stopped by, Hayden."
"Hmm?" Hayden looked up and into clear blue eyes that matched the Potomac as it moved into the bay. His pressed khakis and Oxford with pullover sweater portrayed an understated GQ elegance that screamed old money and matched the clean haircut and polite smile that revealed teeth so perfect they might be caps. Andrew Wesley, her roommate's cousin. She hadn't seen him in years.
The knife slipped, and she felt a sharp pain in her finger. She turned on the tap and stuck her finger beneath the flow of cold water.
"Andrew, do you remember my roommate, Hayden McCarthy? Hayden, this is my cousin Andrew. It's been a while, but I'm pretty sure y'all have met before." Emilie's eyes danced as she tugged the man into the room. His mouth curved into a relaxed grin, the look as familiar and practiced as Hayden's in court.
The years had been good to Andrew Wesley. He'd been handsome when they'd first met, but now he was something more. He had the build of someone who worked out and took care of himself. Compact, muscular, and distractingly good-looking. Hayden pasted a smile into place.
"Hayden?" The deep voice was thick as the richest chocolate. "It's nice to officially meet you — again." He gave her a devastating smile. "Emilie is always talking about you."
"Good things, I hope." She grabbed a paper towel and turned off the water.
"What else would I say?" Emilie's eyes widened as she saw blood seeping through the paper towel. "Ooh, do you need a Band-Aid?"
"I'll be all right." Hayden took a deep breath and met Andrew's gaze. "Any friend — or cousin — of Emilie's is welcome here." With her good hand she scooped up the diced pepper and sprinkled it on top of the salad. "I'll leave you two to enjoy your dinner. It looks good, Em."
"You don't need to leave, Hayden." Emilie leaned closer, not hard to do in the galley space that felt even smaller with Andrew's presence, and handed Hayden a fresh paper towel. "We're working on plans for a spring festival. Think inflatables, fair food, and fun. It's a community event for his non-profit." She grabbed a purple grape from a bowl next to the sink and popped it into her mouth. "You can help us."
* * *
His cousin's roommate wrapped the paper towel tighter around her finger, then turned to the refrigerator, shielding her face from his view. Had they really met before? He had a vague recollection of an awkward girl visiting his cousin during a law school break, but his memory didn't match this attractive woman with the black hair and ... stocking feet.
As Hayden put away the vegetables she'd used for her salad, Andrew looked for something to break the uncomfortable silence.
"I like the idea of a festival, Em, but I'm not sure we can pull it off."
"Oh? You already have the location." Emilie claimed the pot holders and opened the oven. "We can do this because we're the dynamic duo. Besides, you've got a staff and board of directors to help. We'll create the framework, and they can do the rest."
Andrew shook his head. "You haven't worked much with a board. And don't forget, I'm not the senior guy in the office."
Emilie slid the pan from the oven and set it on top of the stove. "You're a Wesley. Everyone takes one look at you and snaps to attention. Your dad is too powerful to tick off." She softened the words with a smile. "You might as well embrace it."
That was something that hadn't happened yet in his thirty years. Being Scott Wesley's son was like wearing a coat made for someone else.
He leaned against the counter and redirected the conversation — a skill he'd picked up from his father. "I've heard about Emilie's day, Hayden. Tell me about yours."
Hayden paused, salad dressing in hand. "I won a case today."
"Oh?" He studied her face, but she didn't give anything away. Not much of a talker?
She shrugged. "I kept an innocent man out of jail. So it was a great day for my client and his wife."
"For you too." Emilie stepped next to Hayden and squeezed her shoulder. "This woman worked a lot of late nights on that case and is on the fast track to becoming a partner." Hayden started to protest, but Emilie kept on. "She'll never brag about herself, but she's good. Nobody will be surprised when she becomes the youngest partner in Elliott & Johnson history."
Soft color tinted the woman's cheeks, and she glanced at Andrew. "I'm not any better than a hundred other attorneys in town."
Only a hundred, huh? In a city overwhelmed with attorneys, she'd ranked herself fairly high. Well, the last thing he wanted to do was spend free time with an attorney. He'd spent too much time in their presence growing up to be wowed by their brilliance or awed by their stories.
She held up her salad bowl and fork. "I know y'all have plans to make, so I'll slip upstairs and not interrupt. It was nice to see you again, Andrew."
Andrew put a hand on her arm before she could disappear. "You really want to walk away from Emilie's lasagna for that?" He crinkled his nose and pointed at the bowl of greens.
Emilie grabbed an extra plate. "There's plenty, Hayden."
Andrew grinned. "Always is. She forgets there's only two of us."
He said it as though these evenings were frequent, but they weren't. Emilie was as busy as anyone in town, so he'd pounced on her invitation. When they all sat down at the island a few minutes later, he watched Hayden. She looked tired. A good trial would do that, his dad always said. He and Emilie kept a quiet conversation going, with Hayden interjecting now and then.
She'd made it through law school, and he admired anyone who did that. He'd quit after a semester — but that had more to do with wanting to become his own man rather than an ever-lengthening part of his father's shadow.
A phone beeped, and Hayden glanced at hers and frowned.
"Sorry, but I need to prepare for a meeting in the morning. Nice to see you, Andrew." She stood and brushed past him with a small smile.
He watched her cross the living space and head toward the stairs. As she climbed from view he reminded himself that he didn't have time to feel attracted to anyone right now. Not when Congressman Wesley was gunning for a title change. Anyone he was seen with would end up plastered across the social pages of the Post the next day. Who would willingly sign up for that?
He turned back to the kitchen and found Emilie smirking at him.
"I'm not sure you're her type, Andrew." Her smile widened until her dimples showed.
He made a face at her. "Don't think I don't see right through you. I know why you had me meet you here." He was just surprised it had taken this long. "It doesn't matter. I'm too busy to get involved right now."
His cell phone rang.
The noise blared in the silence of the flea-bitten, no-name motel room. He was safe here. He couldn't go back to Mexico without that flash drive.
The phone rang again and his hands shook.
He had to answer it, but then he would have to confirm Miguel's death.
He hadn't wanted Miguel to die.
Even now adrenaline shocked his body when he thought of it.
He had killed a young man.
A man who had been as close as a brother.
The phone rang again.
Hours had faded into days as Rafael tried to find a way to stay alive.
El jefe must know what he had done by now. Rafael had followed his orders, but without the prize, his days were still numbered. How could he hope to stay ahead of the family leader?
He must become as ruthless as the man two steps behind him.
Hesitate one moment, one second, one breath, and the man would be on him with the full power of the family.
The cell phone fell silent, the quiet almost as shocking as the former noise.
He would destroy this phone, get a new one. He should have done that the moment he escaped the detention center where he had found Miguel. It had taken all his skill to work his way out as the alarm rose behind him. El jefe didn't care ... not without the precious information on that flash drive Time was what he needed most. Time to formulate a plan. Time to find what Miguel had taken. Time to redeem himself so he could live.
The phone resumed its incessant ringing.
Rafael took a deep breath and picked it up.CHAPTER 2
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Early morning found Hayden in her office at Elliott & Johnson. It was little more than a closet, but it was better than the spaces new associates shared.
A light knock pulled her gaze from the spreadsheet on her desk to the doorway. Gerard Campbell, a partner and her boss, stood there without his usual suit coat and tie. Must be too early to present the perfect corporate image to the mainly empty halls. "Got a minute?" As if she could tell him no. "Sure."
"I've got a case I'm kicking your way this morning." His eyes bored into her as if gauging her mettle.
Hadn't she already proven it?
"Okay." Her cases were routinely assigned unless she brought in the client herself.
"This one has potential. The kind that can make your reputation. Or destroy it." His stare held her captive. "Do you have the time?" And guts was the unspoken rest of the sentence.
She swallowed at the implied warning. "As much as you ever give me." She softened the words with a small smile.
Hayden was bone-weary after the trial and had anticipated spending the rest of the week managing discovery for a couple cases. Leigh, her paralegal, had updated her schedule and brought in the spreadsheet of deadlines for her review just moments before. Three pending cases, none urgent.
"We'll meet immediately after the others agree it's yours."
So much for catching her breath.
Gerard took a step out before turning back. "Good job yesterday. The Commonwealth's office told me about your daring call. Pretty risky."
"This time." He studied her. "Your gut is good, but don't get cocky. Instincts have taken down many bright attorneys."
Hayden rocked back in her chair as he left. He'd followed her case? The partners barely tolerated her court-appointed cases, and some claimed they stole from her billable hours — even though everyone knew she worked them after hours.
But "tolerated" didn't mean they monitored her trials. As long as it didn't cost them anything, they'd let her run them as she liked.
So why had Gerard called the Commonwealth attorney's office?
An hour later she shifted against a chair in the large conference room and sipped her English breakfast tea as the meeting of partners and select associates droned on. She'd have gladly avoided it if Gerard hadn't told her to attend.
Donald Elliott chaired the regular meeting with his typical firm hand that matched the meticulous cut of his suit and perfectly coiffed white hair. The man was a legend, a founding partner of the firm, and though he regularly threatened to spend more time on the golf course, he hadn't slowed down yet. "Next up, Rodriguez v. United States. This one's yours, Campbell."
Gerard leaned forward until his elbows rested on the table. His tablet device rested next to him, but he ignored it. His gaze flicked toward Hayden, then back to the partners and senior associates sitting around the gleaming walnut table. "I filed the Rodriguez complaint last week. Now it's time to kick the investigation into focus. This is the perfect case for an associate, and yesterday McCarthy confirmed she's the one to run it."
This was the first time Gerard had championed her and not Angela Thrasher, his usual pick.
Hayden straightened as she listened to the partners discuss his suggestion.
"Her criminal experience is different. How does this one match?" Reed Johnson leaned back and crossed his arms. He was known for his bulldog tenacity, but he focused on the rare appeals the firm filed when clients pushed for a second try, so his opinion carried weight.
"Her court appointed cases gave her experience in a place she was expected to fail. You should have seen her at this week's trial."
Elliott raised an eyebrow at Gerard. "I didn't realize you were at court."
"I wasn't, but I heard the reviews. The Commonwealth thought they had her client on all counts. He walked. All because she took a daring risk."
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Excellent book!!! I had trouble putting it down!
If truth is stranger than fiction, I think I will stick to fiction. This thrilling, suspenseful story about a young attorney with dreams of becoming a partner in the law firm where she works has so many tangled webs that I found it challenging to keep track. Of course, I thoroughly enjoy challenges like that and found myself totally absorbed in the story. The introduction of her friend’s cousin into the drama made it still more exciting, both in terms of the suspense and the romance. I especially like stories like this that are heavy on suspense. The friend’s cousin turned his back on law school and finds his satisfaction running an organization that works with children and teens of legal immigrants to try to help them find their place in society. The attorney has been assigned a case involving the wrongful death of a young illegal immigrant. Can she help a grieving mother find peace by getting to the bottom of the case and learning who killed her son? And how could it happen when he was in a government detention center that was supposed to keep him safe? She is excited to be assigned the case but then almost dumbfounded by some of the ensuing events that make it appear that the partners want her to fail. Who can be trusted? What are their motives? Going back to my original statement, I sometimes wonder as I am reading if things like this really happen and realize that I never want to learn the answer first-hand. It makes for great reading but that is as close as I want to get to such things.
I really enjoyed this story of intrigue and romance. The depth of feeling that the story brought to the issues of immigration and children was outstanding and relevant. I’ve never considered myself a fan of legal thrillers, but I love the way this author pulled me right into that world. Full Review at my website.
I had a hard time putting this one down. A legal thriller full of suspense! Drug cartel had operatives everywhere, who to trust was a constant! I enjoyed how she had to proceed in the case and gather the proof while always watching her back! I received a copy through the Fiction Guild and NetGalley, a review was not required. My review is voluntary.
I enjoyed the fast pace, but throwing God in there every once in a while seemed awkward rather than an integral part of the story or an essential part of main character.
I’m now a new fan of legal thrillers. I’ve read a couple that to me weren’t impressive, but this author hit it out of the ballpark with this heart pounding.-page turning novel. It keeps you engrossed without being over the top and the subject is current and grabs your heart for justice to be found for this young man who doesn’t have a voice. Hayden is believable as a determined lawyer who puts it all on the line to seek justice for her clients. Does she have room in her life for a new romance? Well you will have to read to find out. You meet her friends in this novel and wonder what their stories are. I look forward to book two to find out who is the heroine in it. This is well written with characters that grow and are well developed that you can connect with. Add the faith element and you have a winner. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
What would you do if, as an attorney working your way up the ladder, given a case no one else wants? And you shortly discover there is more at stake than you thought. Lives, including yours, now hang in the balance. Hayden McCarthy is put exactly in that deadly position. As she uncovers the truths being hidden she begins having to fight against the same government she works for. The premise of this story sucked me in right away. Dangerous political secrets. corrupt people, immigrants, determination that Hayden showed in bringing the truth to light…. Everything about this story was on point! The story was easy to follow and hard to set down to do other things. I was happy to discover this is the first in a series and I am looking forward to jumping back into the political intrigue and dangers. *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed about the story are entirely my own thoughts and I was not financially compensated in any way.*
Beyond Justice gets the reader's interest from the beginning. It is action packed and had to put down once started. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Beyond Justice that takes me back to the beauty of Washington, D.C. while sending me on a thrilling mission for justice fraught with twists, turns, and duplicity. Not only have I had the pleasure of getting to know Cara Putman through her work with ACFW, but I've also had the chance to do her headshots. Let me tell you - she is the sweetest! When I heard about this book I was sooo excited to read it and let me tell you, it delivered. Hayden McCarthy is a character that I instantly fell in love with. I could easily picture her walking the streets of Arlington after a long day at work just as I could see her seeking out the truth through the justice system. Alternatively, I loved Andrew Wesley's character. He was multi-faceted and I appreciated his perspective juxtaposed with Hayden's. The stakes of the book are obvious from the beginning and I liked how Cara was able to tie Andrew's work in with Hayden's case. I also appreciated the difference this book represents for the romantic suspense genre. I really enjoyed the fact that neither of their professions are 'typical' for a current romantic suspense. I feel like it was a fresh take on this genre and drew me in immediately. I would point out that (at times) I felt a little ignorant of our justice system *cringes* and couldn't follow along on all parts. Cara did a great job explaining, but maybe I'm just too far gone to grasp some of the legal ideas and the court system. Still, wherever possible, I felt like she slipped in explanations that were not far fetched in the context of the conversation and made the "technical side" easily readable. Lastly, the setting. OMG I miss D.C. so much and this book was like taking a walk along the Tidal Basin or seeing the Washington Monument in the sky line. It was beautifully portrayed and I felt like I was back there as I read this. I'd definitely recommend this to those who like legal and suspense reads. It's not "high octane" action, but there's enough suspense to really grip you. The romance is wonderfully done as well and will really hold you to the end. My rating: 4.5*
When Hayden McCarthy is given a case with hardly any information, she knows she has her work cut out for her. Her boss is confident that she can win the case, but she can't seem to get the answers she needs to move forward. As she finally starts gaining momentum, she realizes there is something more to this case than just a wrongful death, but she wants justice for her client. Andrew Wesley is Hayden's roommate's cousin and the son of Congressman Wesley. He works with young kids who have recently immigrated to the United States. Their paths begin to cross more frequently as a boy he's helping ends up being one of the sons of Hayden's client. Will Hayden be able to find justice before they all end up mixed up in something way over their heads? This was the first book I've read of Cara Putman's and I was not disappointed. It was fantastic! The characters were complex and well developed, they were very likable. From the beginning, I was sucked into the story. There were times where after reading the book, I couldn't remember if I read it in the story or if it was a news headline. It's full of twists and turns and keeps the reader guessing until the very end. I loved every minute of it, and can't wait to read more of Putman's books! If you too like suspense, you need to read this book! **I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
I have read a few of Cara Putman’s books before and enjoyed them; however, Beyond Justice is her best book yet! Murder, conspiracy, DC politics and legal battles. Putman delivers truly good storywriting. “She. Had. Won.” Hayden McCarthy savors her winning moment in court, but before she could relax she is handed another case by one of the firm’s partners. A boy is killed while detained in juvenile facility for illegal immigrants. The boy’s mother wants answers, but doesn’t seem willing to give her any information. In fact, no one wants to tell her anything. Everything about this case is out of the norm for her firm. As Hayden gets deeper into her investigation odd things seem to happen. Was that man following her or was it her imagination? Why are the firm’s partners behaving so strangely regarding this case? Why can she get no information from anyone, not even the internet? When people start dying, Hayden’s suspicions escalate to realities quickly. Her roommate Emilie and Emilie’s cousin Andrew are there to help Hayden along as she tries to find justice for a young boy’s mother. Beyond Justice, legal thriller by Cara Putman, takes the reader into the world of murder, cover-ups, conspiracies, and drug runners. Pick up this book and enjoy. I will definitely be reading the other books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The opinions given here are my own and honest.
Beyond Justice by Cara Putman Wow oh Wow! What do you do when you know something isn't right and justice needs to be done but you just can't find out what really happened to right the wrong? This is what kept Hayden going. Then after more suspicious and dangerous things started happening she was all the more certain justice needed to be found. This book was so packed full of murder, suspense, action, drama, intrigue and a bit of romance! The author Cara Putman has really blown us away with this new series. It starts out fast and never stops. I stayed up late and didn't want to put the book down. This book will make you start looking over your shoulder just to make sure no one is watching you. I also loved learning all about the legal side of things and a bit of politics. It doesn't fall too far from current events in our country and the author does a good job showing concerns that might be valid now. I received a copy of this wonderful book from the author to read. All opinions are my own. Now I'm looking forward to the other books in this series!
Cara Putman’s legal thriller is set to get heart’s pumping and pages turning in equal fervour - as a taunt tale unfolds from the first paragraph. Hayden McCarthy is a up and coming lawyer handed a case which seems impossible to win. The mother of a illegal alien who tried to cross the Mexico - USA boarder unsuccessfully and then died while in custody at a detention centre is trying to get justice for her boy but is there more at work here then just a simple killing by another prisoner? Hayden soon uncovers a much deeper plot which puts not just herself in danger but those around her. Stonewalled at every turn by government officials who want the case gone - even her more senior partners seem to be embroiled in dirty deals. Her roommate’s cousin Andrew conveniently works with at risk youth and legal migrants so he also has a vested interest to help Hayden brings those responsible for this crime to be held accountable. The story was one I really enjoyed. It did take me a few chapters to get into the story but I could appreciate the amount of detail that only a trained lawyer could bring to the table. Anyone who enjoys a good legal story the likes of a John Grisham will enjoy this female authors approach. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for further stories from her in the future. I received a copy of this book from the publisher via The Fiction Guild, and was not required to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
A sit on the edge of your seat story. Hayden is a lawyer driven in her career. She is assigned a case with a wrongful death against the government but things seem to be off with the case. Will she be able to figure out what is going on before it's too late? During this time some other people have been hurt or killed are they related and how? Will she, Andrew and Emilie figure out what is happening and survive this case? Several twists and turns.
Reading the introductory novella of this series, Dying for Love, put me in anticipation of reading this legal/romantic suspense novel. It addresses the issue of illegal immigration in the US and has a clear message of the value of human life, as well as a rather mild romance and a strong faith thread woven through the book. While I appreciated the novel's message, the overall story didn't really grip me. My interest waned in several places, and sometimes I felt the contemplative parts were overdoing it. The characters' (particularly Hayden's) thoughts seemed to belabor certain points, ask the same questions, or ask questions that were too obvious. And though the main characters were likable, they didn't have that extra "oomph" to me, something key that would have me especially intrigued or impressed. Still, I've little doubt that this faith-filled romantic suspense tale will be right up the alley of a number of ChristFic readers. ________________ BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
This is my first book to read by Cara Putman. I have always enjoyed legal thrillers; they are some of my favorite reads. I really enjoyed this one. The mystery of it and the legal side keep the pace and the pages moving quickly. There is romance, but it's in the background. When reading this genre that's exactly where I prefer it. The surprises, great characters,and mild faith thread made this a thrilling read. I had a hard time putting it down! Must admit to a bit of it being unbelievable, but the longer I live the easier it is to believe that over- the- top isn't necessarily really in that category anymore. I really hope we get more from this author in this genre! I received this read through Fiction Guild. All opinions are my own.
Beyond Justice by Cara Putman Hayden McCarthy has become an attorney because she knows the pain of justice not being served. She is assigned a wrongful death case against the government concerning an juvenile illegal immigrant. This case could make her a partner or destroy her career, not to mention the danger it will put her in. Adding to the complications is the most eligible bachelor in Washington, DC, Andrew Wesley, who seems to be developing an interest in her, or is it just his concern for the dead young man’s brother? The events seem to spiral out of control and she wonders what the best course of action is—pursue justice or close the case as she is being pressured to do? Fans of Robert Whitlow will enjoy this story. I found the characters interesting, the different threads of the plots intriguing, but the story did not grip me. Putman handled the legalese in the way a layman could understand. The subject matter was timely and motivating. I can’t say exactly why this story fell a bit flat in my eyes. I am thankful to the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book in exchange for my honest review.
4 stars- “Beyond Justice” tells the story of Hayden McCarthy, an up and coming D.C. lawyer, who is given the case that just might make her career…or will it destroy it? Andrew Wesley, Hayden’s roommate’s cousin, is a very handsome distraction that is more involved in her case that he realizes. This is the first book that I have read by Cara Putman and I really enjoyed it. Cara is amazing in all that she is able to do- a lawyer, an author and a home schooling mom?! This was a well written novel that clearly showed the author’s knowledge of her subject. I felt the story was plausible and made sense without going over the top just for shock factor. There was a good combination of romance, suspense and investigative storytelling. I look forward to reading Hayden’s roommate Emilie’s story in the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Beyond Justice is the first of Cara Putman’s books that I’ve read and it won’t be the last. The storyline was intriguing. I’d never known about the immigration detention holding areas used for juveniles. She did a great job of explaining the information and keeping my interest with a fascinating story. A sweet boy caught between his crimelord father and desperate mother is murdered for information that could save or destroy his family. Hayden is a conscience attorney dragged between doing the right thing and her insane employers. The who-done-it in this legal thriller is twisted and unsuspecting. It’s a page turner of a book! I found Beyond Justice to be story worth sharing and will be adding more of Cara Putman’s books to my to-be-read pile. Thank you to Thomas Nelson Publishers, NetGalley and the Fiction Guild for the opportunity to read Beyond Justice.
** “Jaime knew that Hayden believed in a Savior who could carry you on your hardest days and bring hope into the darkest corners.” ** Having just won an unwinnable case, Hayden McCarthy is working hard to rise in the ranks at her law firm. Everything is looking good until her boss gives her an unusual case — suing the U.S. government in a wrongful death situation. The legal case in Cara Putman’s “Beyond Justice” involves Miguel, a teen who illegally crossed the border and then was detained in a Texas holding center. While there, he was murdered, which was subsequently covered up and denied. His mother, who was married to a man believed to head a drug cartel, wants answers to his death, and to hold those responsible accountable. As her boss insists she win the case, the firm blocks every step of her way. And as more and more odd and dangerous events occur, Hayden begins to wonder just what she has gotten involved in — and is she safe? Meanwhile, her roommate Emilie introduces Hayden to her cousin Andrew Wesley, the son of a congressman. Andrew is involved with an organization that works with immigrant children, helping them to adapt to live in America. Coincidentally, he just happens to work with Miguel’s younger brother, Jorge. As the relationship between Hayden and Andrew sparks and grows, will their jobs intermingle as Hayden works to solve Miguel’s murder, and Andrew works to keep Jorge and his mother safe? Filled with many twists and turns and a number of harrowing situations, “Beyond Justice” is a fast-paced legal thriller told from the perspectives of both Hayden and Andrew, as well as an occasional blip from the perspective of a mysterious man involved in Miguel’s death. As the title hints, justice is a main theme of the novel, pointing out how justice works better when everything is out in the open. Not overly religious, the book does offer several mild references to God, Jesus and faith in Him. It points out how a life lived in abandon to God can have big consequences on the world, and how everyone can make a difference. And it also reminds us that Jesus is always there to carry our burdens for us, and that there is always hope, even in the darkest moments. Fans of authors like John Grisham will love this book. Five stars out of five. Thomas Nelson provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
Hayden McCarthy is assigned a seemingly impossible case, representing the family of a young man apparently murdered in a juvenile facility for immigrants. However, it was assigned to her because the partners know she can win the seemingly hopeless cases. But the deeper she digs, the more alarming the case becomes. Her roommate, Emilie Wesley, left a legal career to become an expose journalist and decides to help Hayden unravel the mysteries, thus getting tangled up in the conspiracy. Andrew, Emilie’s cousin, champion to the underdogs, works at a community center helping integrate young immigrants into the community and is fast becoming a charming distraction to Hayden. In addition to Hayden, Miss Putman has two casts of characters; one set has a diverse mixture of interesting, faith-filled and compassionate natures, and the other set is more cold-blooded, cruel and sadistic than one can imagine. She does an exemplary job of weaving the characters and their interactions in ways that leave you holding your breath, wondering what will happen next. Beyond Justice is a hair-raising novel, rife with surprising turns and plot developments that ensure the reader is kept engaged throughout the entire story. Cara Putman has written an edge of your seat suspense story, full of intrigue and faith. She has taken her experiences as an attorney and turned them into a gripping novel. I received a copy of Beyond Justice from The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed this legal suspense book. It held my attention from the first few pages. The book is about a woman named Hayden McCarthy who is an attorney. She is assigned a wrongful death case. The case becomes increasingly dangerous as she tries to solve it. This book is full of suspense, danger, adventure and even some romance. The main characters in the story are realistic and complex. The book was hard to put down. I read it in just a few days. I am looking forward to reading book #2 in this series. I highly recommend this book you will really enjoy it. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. No review was required. My opinion is my own.
Beyond Justice is a riveting story with just the right blend of suspense and romance. Elements of law, immigration, politics, and conspiracy create an exciting backdrop, the author also provides authentic characters and legal depth that doesn't go over the average reader's head. Although Hayden is committed to a precarious case, she draws strength from the support and encouragement of her friends and even likeminded strangers along the way. This story has a well-balanced vibe. Yes, there is evil in this world but there is also good, hope, and love. Well done! I'm looking forward to future books in this series. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
I didn't realize that Cara Putman had a new novel out. So when I received this book I was surprised. A legal thriller! If you know a little about Cara, you know that she has a law degree so this novel is like reading about one of her cases. This is a fast paced novel. Cara's knowledge of law and justice makes for a grand read. Hayden McCarthy has had her share of loses in the judicial system. So, when she is handed a case in a wrongful death against the government she comes against a mighty hand of evil. The case plus the action keeps the reader on her tippy toes. The romance is low key but just enough to take the edge off a serious case. To say that I enjoyed this novel is an understatement. I loved this novel. *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
I received this copy from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. All thoughts are my own. This story was about all that is going on with immigration, also how one young man trying to get away from his father's cartel had to come into the country through a coyote and got caught. But was murdered while under US care because of possible bad people working through the government. But Hayden is given the case from her law firm and is filing a wrongful death lawsuit. But little did she know what she was up against. Loss of life of two people, almost getting killed her self and getting justice. He roommates cousin works with immigrant kids and his father is a Congressman, but he wants to help. I love the story and look forward to see where each of the characters go.