She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.
Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.
Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.
This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.
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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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
The October air held the bite of fall as Jaime pushed out a breath and entered the domain of the enemy. The Commonwealth's Attorney offices in Arlington were located in a tall stone building near the courthouse Metro station just minutes down the road and across the Potomac from Washington, DC.
She'd spent time on the opposing side of each attorney in the Commonwealth's office. Would the person assigned to her for this conversation see her as the enemy as well? Or would the attorney be willing to dig deeper into the heart of Jaime's conflict?
She didn't know, and that had her moving with hesitant steps.
This appointment was her birthday present to herself. Rolling back two decades wouldn't be easy, but it was time. She crossed the lobby and rode the elevator to the Commonwealth's Attorney's offices. Unlike the public defender's office where Jaime worked, the walls here weren't painted an industrial beige, but a calming robin's egg blue. There was real carpet on the floor rather than cheap stick-down carpet squares, and the chairs for those waiting for an audience with the attorneys weren't seventies relics with duct tape holding cracked vinyl together.
How very different the resources were on the two sides of the criminal process. It was hard not to feel bitter. The only thing the public defender's office had going for it was the dedication of the men and women who practiced there, serving those who needed an advocate.
Now Jaime was on the other side, about to beg a prosecutor to believe in her enough to take a huge risk and launch an investigation that reached twenty years into the past.
No small task.
After giving her name to the receptionist, Jaime settled on the faux leather chair and glanced around, taking in the photographic images of courthouses located around northern Virginia and Washington. Jaime had litigated inside many of them. It was hard to think of herself as accessing one of those courts in the role of victim instead of the avenging defender. Her voice was her power, and now she had to trust someone else to take on that responsibility for her.
A short, thin man with a five–o'clock shadow on his jaw came into the waiting area and, after a quiet word with the receptionist, strode toward her. Mitch McDermott? They'd been opposing counsel in at least half a dozen low-level felony trials. If she'd known she'd have to talk to him first, she wouldn't have come.
"Hello, Jaime." He stuck out his hand and shook hers firmly. "Good to see you. Let's go to a conference room."
Jaime eased to her feet, a wave of confusion flooding her as she prepared to follow the man she'd battled one month earlier. "Did the receptionist tell you why I'm here?"
"To join the right side?" When she didn't laugh at his weak joke, he nodded toward the door. "Let's head where we can talk."
"Okay." This was even more uncomfortable than she'd imagined.
She followed him through the door and down a hallway to a closet-sized room with a table and handful of chairs. This nonpublic part of the office looked more run-down and familiar.
He held the door for her, then followed her inside, where he gestured to a chair. "Let's sit, and you can explain what you're doing here."
"I really would feel more comfortable talking with one of your female attorneys. Maybe Adrienne Ross?" Ross was a bulldog on cases like this, and the kind of prosecutor Jaime wanted in her corner.
Mitch gave her a rueful smile. "You know how the system works. I'm afraid you get me." He studied her closely, just to the point of awkward, and said, "Why don't you go ahead?"
This was not the way Jaime had imagined the scene, but what choice did she have? She sank into the chair and felt the rough fabric prick her legs through her navy slacks. She set her bag in her lap and pulled out a battered cloth-covered journal.
"Here." She slid it across the table to him. "This is a journal I kept as an eight-and nine-year-old. I know it's not perfect, but it's the best evidence I have. If you don't believe what I wrote, there won't be any point wasting more of your time."
"All right." Mitch slid the book around and in front of him and opened the cover.
"Start where I put the Post-it note." She sat back and watched as Mitch frowned his way through her childish scrawls. She'd thought long and hard about bringing something so personal to this office, but she had few options.
Watching him read the intimate thoughts of her younger self was excruciating. She had envisioned a woman in this role, someone who would understand and champion her.
Could she trust Mitch McDermott to do that?
Did she have a choice?
The minutes dragged on. At least he was taking time to read it ... or taking a nap with his eyes open, fingers flipping the pages every minute or so.
Finally he glanced up at her, his light green eyes slicing through her. Laying her bare. "Jaime, this happened a long time ago. Why haven't you acted before?"
She had anticipated the question. "I've spent the last eight years in therapy, coming to grips with what he did to me and how it impacted me." She rubbed her temple, wishing she could whip out her roller of lavender oil to ease the growing tension. "I've spent thousands on counseling, but it's only in the last year that I've become strong enough to ask the Commonwealth to consider filing charges."
She was losing him. She could feel it, and her heart rate spiked. "There's no statute of limitations, and I've recently been diagnosed with dysthymic depression. That gives us some fresh evidence of the harm."
"No counselor tracked back to the alleged abuse?"
She sucked in a breath. "Alleged? Really? How would you feel if you poured out your experience to someone and they used that word?"
"Jaime ..." The way he drew out the word warned her to be careful.
She took a deep breath. She knew it was his job to probe, but couldn't he do it without the quirked eyebrow that communicated skepticism?
"It's an onion. One counselor peeled back a layer or two, then the next probed deeper, but it took years to get to the core." She leaned forward, closing the space between them and willing him to understand. "This isn't something I do lightly. It's taken me years to gather my courage." She met his gaze. "I don't know that my uncle has abused anyone else, but if I remain silent, I'm tacitly allowing him to harm others."
"Was your mother aware of the abuse?"
"No. I used to think she was, and I couldn't understand how she allowed it. But I was a child, and I didn't know how to explain what was happening. I'd throw a fit each time she took me to his house, but she thought I just didn't like going away, didn't want her leaving me."
"Never probed deeper?"
"I didn't know how to tell her."
And how she regretted that to this day. Would her teen years have been different if she hadn't believed she deserved to be abused, and tried to fill the holes in her heart with one unhealthy relationship after another?
It had been by the grace of God — not that she believed in Him — that she hadn't become pregnant or contracted an STD or become a victim of violence ... It wasn't until a college roommate intervened and practically forced her into counseling that her life began to change, one hard-fought step at a time. She'd worked hard to pull herself out of the morass of ongoing pain she'd self-inflicted to add to Dane's abuse.
"Jaime, would your mother testify to any of this?"
"I don't know." She shook her head. "I don't think so."
Mitch leaned against his chair and crossed his arms. "You understand this will not be easy. I'll run it by the Commonwealth's Attorney; she'll have to sign off on our taking your matter. Even without a statute of limitations, cases like this are very hard to prove." He studied her as if trying to weigh her commitment, his hand still resting on her journal.
"I'm not sure you do." He leaned onto the table. "When you go after people for crimes like this, the gloves come off. Things you never thought would come out do. Are you prepared for the defense team to dig into your history? You will be on trial as much as your uncle is."
Jaime swallowed. She'd witnessed exactly what he was talking about more often than she cared to admit. It was a classic defense strategy in sexual crimes. A defense attorney had to challenge the victim. Doing less than that could lead to an "ineffective assistance of counsel" charge lodged in the appeal or before an ethics board.
"I've lived that side of cases," she said.
"It's very different when you're sitting at the prosecutor's table."
"Thank you for your concern, but I know what to expect." Jaime squared her jaw and reached for her journal, hoping she could live up to her firm words. "Get the prosecutor on board. I'll do my part."CHAPTER 2
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
The lights of DC twinkled across the Potomac through Jaime's window, a view that was worth every extra dollar she paid for it. The mantra of real estate in a city was location, location, location, and her experience reinforced its importance. She could spend hours a day commuting with thousands of other going-nowhere cars, or pay obscene rent and step on the Metro a block from her home. She chose the latter. From one spot she could watch sunset river cruises along the Potomac, and through another window she could imagine she saw the lights of Capitol Hill. In truth she was a little too far away, but the illusion didn't hurt anyone.
As she drove from Arlington along the George Washington Parkway and through Old Town, she was filled with churning emotions. What had she set in motion today by meeting with Mitch McDermott? She couldn't tell from his words as they parted whether she should be hopeful or expect to be disappointed. Maybe disappointment was safest.
She shifted her gaze and noted a few hardy boats cruising the Potomac. Probably romantic dinner cruises, the kind she would never take. Romance was for people who had needs she'd already put to death. A need to be seen. A need to be admired. A need to be cherished.
Jaime's needs were different. She needed to prove she was as good if not better than every man she worked with. To prove to herself she could stand on her own two feet, independent and strong. To prove she could affect the world around her, in ways big or small.
These needs left her standing a bit outside the world of her friends. A lone star amid the constellation of friendship.
"Snap out of it, Nichols," she said under her breath. Jaime meant the words to be brusque, but they came out in a whisper in the small space inside her car. The longing for more always surfaced in the moments before she joined her law school friends for their monthly dinners.
Was it too late to create an excuse to stay home? A nice migraine would be perfect about now. Let the medicine knock it out after she un-rsvPed. Was that even a word? It should be. She sighed and parked her car. It was time to step into the lion's den of friendship with the women who could see beneath her mask.
As she walked into Il Porto at its prime spot along King Street in Old Town Alexandria, the sound of Caroline Bragg's laughter told her exactly where her friends had gathered. The cozy table in the corner would be their spot as long as they wanted to linger, since the waitstaff were used to the group's periodic binges on great Italian food and friendship. The women had made the restaurant their own while in law school, so walking in this door should feel like coming home.
Though the Italian restaurant was a favorite of the others, Jaime had never bothered to tell them she'd rather eat anything else. The story of her life. It wasn't their fault she'd be eating bad sandwiches for a week to compensate for the high-priced meal and still make her rent.
She gave a nod to the hostess and headed to the corner, passing tables covered in red-checked or green-checked tablecloths in the white stucco-and-brick-walled room. Her heels echoed against the red tile floor.
She heard Caroline laugh again. The woman carried a certain light everywhere she went. It was maddening. Caroline worked so hard, yet never seemed to get down from the briefs she read day after day in her job at the court.
It only took a glance to spot Hayden McCarthy and Emilie Wesley seated at the table. It was unusual for Hayden to be early — Emilie must have put some pressure on her roommate. Three empty chairs at the table telegraphed that two more would join them besides Jaime — likely their law school mentor, Savannah Daniels, and her new sidekick, Angela Thrasher.
Caroline spotted her and leapt to her feet.
"Girl! You're here. You know, each time I wonder if you'll really show up." She tugged Jaime into a reluctant hug. "Happy birthday!"
"Thanks." Jaime was relieved to see presents were absent, then paused to note the tight lines around Caroline's eyes. "You okay?"
Before she could follow up, Emilie stood and pulled out a chair for Jaime. "I already ordered your water with lemon. Happy birthday." She leaned closer. "I told them no presents this year."
"Thank you." It was hard to explain how uncomfortable gifts made her, even gifts from friends.
Hayden smiled a welcome as Jaime sank onto the empty chair. "You well?"
Jaime nodded. What else could she say? Blurt out how the last criminal trial had left her wanting to take a continuous shower? That the constant defense of men and women who had done terrible things weighed on her even as she believed in the importance of what she did? Mention that she'd finally taken the step to hold her uncle accountable? That would raise too many questions. "I'm good." Obfuscation was easier than the truth.
Jaime loved these women. They had carried her through classes that didn't make sense and provided a community when she hadn't been sure she could endure. Her goal had been twofold: persevere, and find the voice her uncle had robbed her of when she was a child. It was only because of the women at the table that she had survived law school. Finding her voice in the way that mattered most was still to be realized.
"Earth to Jaime." Hayden's words pulled her from her circling thoughts.
"Your body is here, but you haven't heard anything we've said."
"Sorry." Jaime forced her thoughts to return. "I'm here." But she looked up to see three concerned sets of eyes studying her. "Really."
"Okay." Hayden glanced at Caroline, who gave the smallest shrug.
The waiter approached with a tray of drinks, and a few minutes later Savannah and Angela bustled in, apologizing for their delay.
"We are finally here, ladies." Savannah tugged Angela after her to the table, and the conversation paused as the waiter took their orders. When he left with the menus, Savannah started a story about her rescue kitten's latest antics. "Getting that little thing was the best thing I've done in a long time. It's so nice to have something eager to see me when I arrive at home." She glanced around the table, her dark, shoulder-length hair arranged in a perfect bob. "I'm surprised y'all don't have one. The relaxation I get from her is so worth the cost of cat food and vet visits."
Caroline jumped in with a story about a cat she'd had as a child, and in no time the conversation moved on to other childhood memories. Jaime stayed silent, smiling and nodding at appropriate times. She didn't share that she also had a cat, a beautiful orange striped tabby named Simba. It seemed too personal, which only demonstrated how truly broken she was inside. Her friends knew her well enough not to ask her for stories. They gave her the grace to speak only when she wanted to share.
Her phone buzzed in her pocket, and she started. "Sorry." She pulled it out and glanced at the screen.
Need to see you ASAP. Come straight to my office in a.m.
It was from her boss, Grant Joshua. She frowned as she reread the message, then slid her phone back into her pocket.
"Everything okay?" Emilie's eyes creased with concern.
"Yeah. Just a meeting in the morning." Jaime pushed it from her mind. She could worry about it tomorrow.
The hostess walked past, followed by two thirtysomething men, whom she seated several tables away.
"So, Jaime, what do you think?"
Jaime pulled her gaze back to the table. Savannah turned to Hayden and elbowed her colleague. "I think we need to order Jaime something a little stronger than water."
Caroline piped up. "One sickeningly sweet tea, coming up."
"No, really." Jaime's protest was cut short by Caroline's laugh.
"I know you, girlfriend."
Emilie shook her head as Caroline headed to the bar. "The rest of us would flag down the waiter, but Caroline has to fix it herself."
"She'd mother us to death if we let her." Hayden's concerned gaze followed Caroline. "That's why we have to help her."
"Help her with what?" Jaime asked.
"I told you she wasn't listening." Emilie tapped Hayden's arm with a triumphant smile.
"She was distracted by the guy who walked past a minute ago — the one who looks like Hawkeye." Savannah winked.(Continues…)
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Cara Putman has done it again...she has a gift for telling a story that is so real and tackles the hard subjects in such a way that leaves you breathless. Sexual abuse is a subject that most people want to avoid but it is necessary to bring into the open, to achieve healing and to show that strength and Faith can win. The characters are so tangible that you want to be there to comfort them and cheer them on. I loved the service dog, Aslan and the role he played in the story. You can expect many twists and turns that keep you turning those pages to discover the outcome. It is hard to put this one down. I won a copy of this book. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
Delayed Justice by Cara Putman – Law, Justice, Intrigue - A Delicate Topic Handled with Care When I first read the description of Delayed Justice by Cara Putman there was a part of me that wanted to read it. I love books about the law and justice that are filled with intrigue. But the subject matter, sexual abuse of children, almost made me shy way. I’m glad that I didn’t let that stop me, because this was a really good book. Delayed Justice is about a public defender, Jamie Nichols, who has finally come to a place of healing in her own life. She has found her voice to speak up and bring to justice the man who took away her childhood. But she will be up against political forces who will stop at nothing to shut her up. Chandler Bolton, a former Vet, has scars of his own but now works to help former Vets integrate into life back home in the United States. Together they will have the opportunity to help a young girl get justice and begin to heal, in part through the use of a therapy dog Aslan. I especially liked the friendships that Jamie had with Caroline, Hayden, Emilie and Savannah. They were the kind of friends you want in your corner. They were there for Jamie when she needed them and even when she didn’t know it. I appreciated how Jamie’s parents responded when hearing for the first time what their daughter endured as a child and how they came alongside her to be there for her as she sought justice. I loved Chandler and his patient and tender approach as he sought to get to know this intriguing and heroic young woman. Cara did a great job in handling a sensitive and delicate topic which has affected far too many people and left indelible scars. She was able to tell the stories of Jamie and Tiffany and what happened to them without going into graphic details. She kept the focus on the people and used the story to help make known some of the ways child sexual abuse may impact survivors long after childhood. Seeking justice and healing the emotional and cognitive scars can happen. It takes time and support. I appreciated how Cara included the Christian faith and wove it into the characters and storyline. I highly recommended Delayed Justice by Cara Putman. Her legal background and research came through to help make a really good novel. Cara’s writing is new to me and I look forward to discovering her earlier work. I would like to thank BookLook and Thomas Nelson Publishers for the opportunity to read Delayed Justice in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Delayed Justice by Cara Putman is a book you should not delay in reading!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Legal mystery thrillers and Christian genres are two of my favorite genres to read and they are beautifully combined in this book. Putman tackles a tough subject of sexual abuse in this book with very delicate hands. I thought she wrote in a very respectful manner about what a victim experiences, faces and lives with along with the hard process ahead of them of putting their lives back together. And she introduced a new topic I've never heard of - comfort dogs. Its fascinating and something I would personally like to learn more about. She also intricately writes about how God loves those who don't love themselves and how He is ultimately in control without feeling like you are reading a sermon. This is the third book in the series and I'm excited to go back and read the first two. I have found a new author to enjoy!!! Check her out!!! My thanks to Cara Putman, Thomas Nelson Publishing and Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Delayed Justice is the third installment in the Hidden Justice series. It has a different feel from the other novels, but might be the best one yet. While not as suspense driven as the other novels, Delayed Justice dives into Jaime Nichol’s story. Abused as a child, years later Jaime has to come to terms with facing the demons of her past so she can find freedom in her future. She brings charges against her abuser, and the story evolves as Jaime discovers just how crucial faith and friends are in the healing process. Delayed Justice deals with the ugly side of life by weaving threads of hope throughout. Cara writes deep and rich characters that engage readers on an intimate level. I enjoyed the emotionally-gripping story while watching Jaime transformation from start to finish. With the #MeToo movement in the current headlines, this story is timely and tackles the topic of sexual abuse head on while bringing hope and faith to the forefront. I definitely recommend Delayed Justice. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Another exciting legal thriller from Cara Putman! Once again, one of her novels seems to have anticipated current headlines, and Jaime’s story gives us great insight into victims of abuse and the troubles they face when seeking justice. Jaime and Chandler are intriguing and well matched, and their romance is tender and realistic. With plenty of twists and turns, the story kept me flipping pages. Another winner!
his is a powerful story, simple as that. Cara Putnam has dealt with a timely and emotional subject, child sexual abuse and the years of horror, self destruction and open wounds the living nightmare creates deeply into adulthood. In this new book in the Hidden Justice series we finally learn about Jaime Nichols. A victim of child sexual abuse, we now see why she has been standoffish and somehow different. Cara does a marvelous job of balancing the subject tastefully while demonstrating through the character's actions and dialogue just how devastated her life is. She also covers the parent's reactions (Because they always think they have their children protected, the truth blindsides. ) You might want some tissues close by while reading this book. A variety of my emotions were tugged at. Chandler Bolton, a veteran of war, has his own memories and emotional scars to deal with. He is drawn to Jaime. There's a battle ahead and he is there to help, when she can accept it. This very timely story also deals with the headline type story we are all seeing more often these days. A person 'in power' accused of unspeakable abuse. At times this story is a web and Cara has certainly drawn the lines for a well plotted, suspenseful book which needs to be read by anyone who wants insight into just one avenue of abuse. Special thanks to Cara Putnam for telling the story for those who have been abused, to cast a light on how one child could have moved forward to adulthood. Well done.
I just finished reading Delayed Justice. Its book 3 in a series. It can be read as a stand alone. I read book 2 and had the local bookstore order Delayed Justice. Normally I don't read books dealing with abuse since I've had friends that were abused as children and teens. Its something I have a hard time dealing with - how anyone can do such horrible things to children and the innocent. Cara Putnam tells the story with truth, grace and shows the realistic horrors these innocents deal with. If you can read this series and not be touched then you are stronger than I am. Jaime can't understand how God can let things like this happen to children but she learns that God is with us in the most horrific times as well as the good times. We may not realize it at the time but if (great big IF) we let Him he will use it to grow stronger in our faith and even to help others. I bought this book through my local indy. bookstore and no one asked me to leave a review. All opinions are my own and I can honestly say this book touched me in ways I didn't expect. There are some very heartwarming moments and some that will break you heart. Either way, this is one of the best books I've read on child abuse and I highly recommend it. Looking for the next installment in this series. If you have ever been abused then my prayers are with you for God's love, mercy and comfort.
A truly inspiring book is one that touches our hearts deeply, brings healing to our souls, and draws us to the heart of God. That is this book to me. The characters and storyline isctruly inspiring. Putman tackles issues from today’s headlines regarding injustice.. Delayed Justice was an absolutely stunning and beautiful read about a very tough topic, sexual abuse. I was concerned that it might be a little overwhelming, but Cara Putman handles it in a very real, yet sensitive way. As a survivor, I could totally relate with the heroine, Jaime, finding her voice, overcoming her fears, and struggling to trust. The key verse is “God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind.” It is interwoven throughout and truly fit the characters struggles. As Jaime stands up to her abuser, military veteran, Chandler steps in with a protective and patient heart. He is truly heroic and swoon worthy. He quietly leads her to who Christ really is through The Lion, The Witch, and, The Wardrobe references. He stands by her even when she’s pushing him away. Very representative of who Christ is. I love his work with veterans. I loved Jaime and her friends drive for justice.. There was so much action, intrigue, and developing romance it kept me up late at night. I highly recommend this book. This was her first book I’ve read...I can’t wait to read more! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I absolutely loved it!
Although it is part of a series each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, in my humble opinion you might miss the history of the characters since each novel has a different one of the group as the center or "main" character. I will warn you though: If you're looking for a nice easy read, this is not the book for you. This book is one that speaks to real life difficult situations. Like the first two books in the series, Delayed Justice offers a compelling blend of legal drama, suspense and romance, combined with friendship and faith. Jaime Nichols had been molested by her uncle as a child and she couldn't tell anyone. Now she's a grown woman and a criminal defense attorney so it's very important that she have a voice. She is going to hold her own molester accountable. Woven into Jaime's story is the story of another little girl, Tiffany, who had been molested. The author presents a tough topic using two angles - one from the view of the silent victim and one from the defense attorney who has already found her voice - allowing readers to see that both victims will need to find courage in order to get justice here on this earth. The faith message is a very subtle one throughout the story. Jamie undergoes a journey of spiritual transformation as she reconciles the events of her childhood. Readers see the truth in this story - it isn’t always an easy battle, breaking free from abuse. Jaime's journey in this story allowed readers to see her move from distrusting and doubting God to entering a firm relationship with him. Delayed Justice has a very complex and layered story, but at the same time it is a quick and easy read due to the fact that it is so well written. The constant underlying tension and the action in this story keeps readers hooked this thrilling tale from cover to over. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Move Over, John Grisham! There's a New Legal-Thriller Master in Town! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Mrs. Putman must have a deep well of courage to have written this book. It isn’t an easy topic. Sexual abuse never is simple. Not only did she broach a difficult theme, but she handled it with a delicate and considerate yet reality-bearing hand. Her approach to the abuse felt masterful. It’s tough to balance the stark reality of sexual abuse and its victims and predators with the grace of salvation. Yet, that’s precisely what this author has done. The two-perspective approach on the abuse—from a silent victim and one who has already found her voice—was brilliant, as it showed that both types of victims must pair courage with truth to see justice done here on earth. Living out the reality this book portrays takes guts and moxie, and I hope any man, woman, or child who finds themselves a victim will seek out help in order to obtain justice and complete healing. Another aspect of this book that pleased my heart was that the so-called “little people” of the story (the victim, the attorneys who didn’t presume to stand a chance, etc.) weren’t afraid to stand up to big-name bullies (bosses, generals, senators, etc.). This is something that is reflective of today’s society, where big-named bullies (actors, sports stars, politicians, etc.) think they own the world and can push us little people around just to get what they want, whether that be to abuse someone, win a championship, star in the next summer blockbuster, or obtain the political seat of their choosing. This book shows that those bullies don’t always win in the end. The theme of “you’re not alone” was the perfect companion to come alongside the brashness of the abuse. I think it’s important for people who are being bullied or abused to know they aren’t alone. It’s crucial that those facing “big bullies” in work, school, or other aspects of life know they can keep reaching for truth and justice. They don’t have to let those bullies beat down their spirit, even if they beat down their body. Each victim, every person is important. Every person matters. God’s love can keep a victim’s spirit intact through the pain and help that person become an overcomer who can find true healing. It isn’t always an easy battle, breaking free from abuse. This book reflects that well. The journey Jaime took toward faith in this story reveals that the struggle to believe that God cares in the midst of our worst pain is completely real and valid. But, y’all, He does care. Completely, wholly, supremely. Keep fighting for that belief until you find that it’s true for you too. Something that’s very clear to me, after having read this book, is that the author has a heart for pain and healing in people. She had my eyes misting over several times, because Jaime’s pain was so raw and real and believable. Also, her friends’ caring love toward her, how they chose to stand with her and be her support system—whether she liked it or not, at times—was so exquisite that the emotions bubbled up until I was dry-sobbing (because the tears refused to fall; they were there!). I already knew Mrs. Putman could pull my emotions into the story, but this book, this journey was next-level awesome and one I’ll definitely revisit down the road.
If you like court drama… you will find this hard to put down! She is accusing her Uncle of sexual abuse that happened when she was a child. With the help of other female lawyers, a retired veteran and his therapy dog this story is hard to read but hard not too as we follow along with the ups, downs and suspense of what is coming next. Mind games, terror, trust and testifying in court make this an oh so real story! I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary..
Definitely a page turner. This book dealt with a deep and timely topic in a respectful and compassionate manner. Given the nature of the emotional turmoil, it is difficult to do justice to a romance evolving in the midst, but this one was done well. Full review is at my website. I received this book complimentary from the author. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are my own.
Cara Putnam's Delayed Justice is as real as today's headlines. Jamie Nichols has undergone years of therapy to become strong enough to hold her uncle accountable for the abuse she suffered at his hands. Now a lawyer she hopes her voice will be heard before he is elevated to a higher rank. Chandler Bolton a retired veteran, has been training his dog Aslan to help young victims. Chandler, Jaime, and Aslan work together to help a young girl become strong enough to testify. This is a thrilling story of Delayed justice. Set in Washington DC this story is very realistic. So grab a sweet tea and settle in for a great read! I was given this book by NetGalley.com with no expectations. All thoughts are my own.
Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley is compelling mystery sprinkled with clean romance. Andi is an up and coming reporter who has a knack for getting into trouble. Her sister, Stephanie was killed and the killer is on death row. Andi's brother is Brad and his best friend is Will. They are now both police officers/detectives. Will's cousin, Jimmy, is on death row for killing Stephanie. Andi and Will are starting to develop feelings for each other after having grown up together. There are a lot of characters and admittedly I got some of them confused at times. There were a group of women who were flight attendants with Stephanie when she was murdered. All of those women and their boyfriends are mentioned quite often. The main storyline is that we are starting to question whether Jimmy really killed her. There are several plot twist and it's a great who-done-it as we try to guess who killed Stephanie. I love the side story of Maggie and David and hope they get their own story in a future book. Brad needs some developing but maybe he'll get his story eventually. I will definitely read more by this author. It has all the romance, suspense, wit and surprises that we love. Sexual content - some attraction, and a kiss Violence - Stephanie was murdered, some shots are fired,
Delayed Justice is a well written story that is gripping and intense from the beginning. From the 21 years earlier page to the initial page of the book I knew this would be a true to life story of what we are seeing in our society today. Attorney Jamie Nichols had suffered abuse by her Uncle Dane when she was young and finally had the strength, determination, and courage to seek legal action against him. Cara Putnam’s legal experience brought reality to readers of what young survivors of sexual abuse suffers emotionally from their victimization. This remarkable tale with hero Chandler Bolton working with veterans and his therapy dog, Aslan, brought Jamie and him working with a current child victim. There is never a dull moment as Chandler is receiving threatening calls and messages from an unknown veteran suffering greatly, Jamie with her charges against Uncle Dane and feeling like she is being watched, threatened and life changing courses for her. This story is filled with fast paced action, realism, legal proceedings, and the inner working of offenders’ minds where they go on with their life without thinking of their actions until confronted with charges by the judicial system. There’s a faith element, healing, new beginnings and romance interwoven into this legal thriller suspense. Readers of suspense will want to read this last installment of Putnam’s Hidden Justice series to gain a deeper understanding of what survivors of abuse, the effects of combat on veterans, the legal process of charges being filed and the benefit of a therapy dog for children to heal. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinion expressed are my own for this powerful story that is true to life.
Delayed Justice by Cara Putman was an interesting book to read. Jamie Nichols was hurt by someone who was supposed to protect her when she was a child and she has been carrying this hurt ever since. As an attorney, she is determined to protect girls and women in the path of harm and to provide them with a voice, a voice she never felt she had as a child. We also meet Chandler Bolton who is a retired veteran. He became tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court. Chandler had a therapy dog named Aslan who helps the victim. When Jamie and Chandler first meet they don't do so on great terms, but their relationship develops as the story progresses. This was an interesting story in which Putman did a nice job developing the characters and storyline. Jamie had honest conversations about her faith and her pain was felt through the pages. *I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post, however you, my readers, come first and all opinions are my own.
Whew! What a great story! We finally get to hear Jaime’s story in this third installment of Hidden Justice series. Cara Putman is a master storyteller of legal thrillers; this book boasts all her trademarks - fluid and easy to read writing style, fast-paced and suspenseful plot, fantastic and deeply layered characters, a strong component of faith in the story, and sensitive approach to some difficult social injustices. Though it’s the third book in the series, it can definitely be read as a stand-alone. If you enjoy contemporary legal thriller/suspense, this book is a must read. Jaime is a public criminal defense lawyer who is struggling with her painful past. Though she’s independent, strong, intelligent, and successful, she has only now come to the point in her life where she’s ready to face her demons and bring the man who abused her to light. Chandler, ex-military and divorced, is a compassionate, fiercely loyal, tender-hearted man who strives each day to help counsel those veterans who need help after their tours. Circumstances throw Jaime and Chandler together over and over again as they both learn to let down their guards around each other. Chandler’s dog Aslan is so lovable and plays a major role in the story. Twists and turns in the plot throw both Jaime and Chandler in harm’s way as they navigate the justice system to bring closure and healing. I’m hoping there will be a fourth book in the series about Caroline.....I so need to find out her story and Brandon’s! I received a copy of the book from Thomas Nelson via Celebrate Lit Tours and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
This story is phenomenal! I was drawn in from the very beginning, from the prelude. It's a page turner and I couldn't put it down! Delayed Justice is the third book in the Hidden Justice series and it's the only one I've currently read. I will remedy that ASAP! I cannot wait to go back and read the first two books in this series. Jaime Nichols is a Criminal Defense attorney who fights to be sure that everyone can have excellent legal defense if the need arises. She's a strong, warrior of a women who only sees herself as a child victim. She's built a wall to protect herself from anyone, men in particular, even God, that may hurt her. What will it take to tear it down? When she decides to face her demons and press charges against someone from her past, she must realize that she's no longer a child and she's stronger than she believes. Chandler Bolton is a military veteran who's strong in all the right places. Not only is he physically strong and completely capable of protecting others, he's emotionally strong. Having been through his own devastating divorce and been through two tours in the service, he's seen and lived through his share of pain and heartache. Now his desire is to help Jaime in ways she never expected and make her see just how amazing she is. This story will take you on a journey of pain, abuse, and mistrust along with family, friendship, forgiveness and love. Most importantly it's a reminder that although there is evil in this world, God promises He'll walk alongside His children every step of the way. This story may not be an easy read, but it is definitely a worthwhile one! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Ahhh … Cara Putman has done it again with Delayed Justice, creating a winner that will keep you up at night till you finish the last page. Delayed Justice reads like today’s headlines. Timely and relevant, it takes a hard look at an evil unfortunately all too common — sexual abuse. Putman does not shy away from the evil that it absolutely is, but shines a bright light in showing how God can redeem even the worst in life. My heart broke with Jaime as I read her struggles, and I rejoiced as she rose above them. An admirable character, she goes on quite a journey throughout the book; she uses her own struggles to help others in similar situations as she works to find peace of her own. Though this is the third book in the series, you could easily read it on its own. Do read the other installments to find out more about supporting characters that appear here! I loved revisiting Washington, D.C., too. My many visits over the years helped me picture the setting in even more detail. My heart jumped a little every time I saw a familiar memorial or place! I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Delayed Justice by Cara Putman is the third book in the Hidden Justice Series. Jaime Nichols is a public defender in Virginia. It has been twenty years since her uncle, Dane Nichols abused her, and Jamie has decided it is the time to press charges against him. The next day it is announced that Dane is up for a promotion to a one star general and Dane is not going to let Jaime ruin his career. Dane is a powerful man with considerable influence. Jaime will have to be strong to battle this formidable foe, so she can put the past to rest. Chandler Bolton is a veteran who now works for the Department of Veteran Affairs helping veterans reacclimate to society. Chandler has also had his dog, Aslan trained as a comfort dog to help abused children. Tiffany Ange has been assaulted by her mother’s boyfriend and Aslan is just the help Tiffany needs to help tell her story to the police. Chandler encounters Jaime in his apartment building one day and he is intrigued. The two of them end up working together to help Tiffany testify against her abuser and recover from her horrible ordeal. Can Chandler break through the wall Jaime has built around her heart? Will Jaime be able to have a relationship after what she has experienced? How will the case against Dane turn out? Discover what happens in Delayed Justice. The author did her research for Delayed Justice. She captured the legal aspects of the judicial system and I like that we get to experience both sides (prosecution and defense). It was interesting to learn about therapy/comfort dogs and how they assist victims. I found the court scenes to be realistic along with the situations with Tiffany and her mother. Jaime is a wounded woman who has not gotten over what happened to her when she was eight years old. She believes in the justice system and wants to help those who cannot afford a lawyer. Jaime has been in therapy for years and feels she is now strong enough to handle the court battle. She has the support of good friends from college who understand and are a part of the legal system. The author did a remarkable job at handling a delicate and difficult subject. Chandler is a strong male character who is the hero of the story. He comes across as a knight in shining armor protecting little Tiffany and Jaime. I appreciated his Christian values and how he expressed them to Jaime. Her journey towards Christ did not seem realistic. It felt contrived and rushed. The pace of Delayed Justice was slow which can be attributed to the detailed writing. I recommend reading the Hidden Justice Series in order. I had not read the previous two books and I felt like I was plopped into the middle of a book when I started reading Delayed Justice. The book begins to make sense as I get further into it. Jaime has complaints issued against her per her boss, but readers were not given any details (who issued them, what are they regarding). The same thing happens when she receives an ethics violation (I want details). Delayed Justice is a romantic suspense. While I felt the romance, I did not feel the suspense part. I wanted to feel the scare and anxiety. My rating for Delayed Justice is 3 out of 5 stars. Fans of the Hidden Justice Series will not want to miss Delayed Justice to find out how Jaime’s story plays out.
Delayed Justice is a great addition to the Hidden Justice series and is Jaime's story. In the previous stories, she has been aloof and quiet. We find out that she has issues going back to when she was a child-abuse from a relative. Jaime has decided to seek justice and the path is not a smooth one. The journey is made better by the support of her parents, close friends from college that we met in the other books-Caroline, Hayden, Emilie and their mentor, Savannah along with a special new friend, Chandler Bolton, a retired vet. Chandler works with veterans that need counseling and help with issues caused by war. He has a comfort dog, Aslan, named after Aslan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, to help give comfort and whose services are used for therapy but when Savannah needs Jaime's help with a little girl who has gone through the same thing that she did as a girl, Aslan's help is much needed. Tiffany was abused at the hands of her mom's boyfriend. Jaime and Aslan help Tiffany cope with testifying before the courts about her abuse. Jaime's story is an emotional journey of healing, strength in great distress and threats, trust and coming to faith. It is a story with suspense, danger, and romance. I highly recommend it. I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine only.
Delayed Justice immediately gets you into the story of Jaime who was molested by her uncle as an eight year old. Jaime is now a lawyer and decides to come forth with the horror she's endured and charge her uncle with the crime just as he's about to become a one star general in the military service. I like the way pets are a part of the story and how her friend's dog, Aslan, becomes a service dog that offers comfort to another to another eight year old who has been molested by her mother's boyfriend and helps her be able to tell what happened to her.
Ms. Putman is becoming one of my favorite suspense authors to read! She does not disappoint in Delayed Justice. This book is a continuation of some of her other books that focuses on a group of female friends from law school. Jamie is the main character of this book. Readers were introduced to her in the previous books (and you are able to get caught up on those main characters in this book as well). Jamie has had a difficult life and decides to finally come forth to the authorities on what happened to her as a child. However, this powerful man will do everything to stop her. Chandler and Jamie are not only neighbors, but acquaintances of each other’s friends as well. After being thrown together with Chandler, they discover maybe they need each other more than they thought. I highly recommend this book! You will not be disappointed! ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, I have purchased her books before.
Delayed Justice by Cara Putman is the third book in her Hidden Justice series. Jaime Nichols is a criminal defense attorney in the public defender’s office. She tries to be the voice for those who do not have one. Chandler Bolton is an American veteran who works with the vets as they readjust to civilian life. He has trained his dog to be a therapy dog. His first assignment is to help an eight-year-old girl as she testifies in court. This story had suspense mixed with romance. I loved how sensitive Chandler was with Jaime. He was a true gentleman. It was a reminder that God is always there in every situation whether we can see him or not. He’ll be our comfort and shield if we’ll only allow Him in. I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.