Imperfect Justice

Imperfect Justice

by Cara C Putman


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“This is the way legal thrillers are meant to be—compelling, intelligent, and deeply satisfying.” —Randy Singer, author of Rule of Law

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . but she can't prove it.

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Turner snapped and killed her daughter. However, attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story. Kaylene was a nurturer at heart looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive marriage. Kaylene's death shakes Emilie's world and her belief that she can make a difference for these women. Self-doubt plagues her, and she finds herself struggling to continue her work in the wake of tragedy.

Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned of the manner of her death. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would take on his case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.

Thrown together in the race to save Kinley Turner from a father who isn't all that he seems, Emilie and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. But if they can hang on to hope together, maybe they can save Kinley—and find a future for themselves in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780718083489
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Series: Hidden Justice Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 405,729
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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; Facebook: Cara.Putman; Twitter: @Cara_Putman.

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Emilie Wesley glanced at her watch and frowned. In fifteen minutes her client would take a critical step toward freedom. It was a step that had taken months of preparation and more than a little bit of counseling and backbone stiffening. Now all that work, time, and effort would culminate in a protective order. Emilie would step to the background, her role in helping Kaylene Adams alter her abusive present finished.

When she'd finally received the text saying her client was ready to file, Emilie had jumped into action. She wanted to file it before Kaylene changed her mind. Emilie knew from hard experience that could happen in a moment.

But before the judge would grant a protective order, Kaylene had to appear in court.

Without her testimony, the motion was a complete no go.

Emilie stopped pacing and tapped the face of her watch, then pressed it to her ear. The steady tick, tick affirmed it was working. What wasn't working was Kaylene's promise to meet her forty-five minutes before the hearing at the Haven, the nonprofit that served women who wanted to escape difficult domestic situations.

She had waited in her office as long as she could before calling Kaylene's cell phone, a call that went directly to voicemail. She'd left a message and then told Taylor Adele, her paralegal, that she was headed to court. Maybe Kaylene had misunderstood where they were meeting. She could be a nervous wreck, waiting outside the courtroom for Emilie to arrive.

Emilie had almost convinced herself that was exactly what had happened until she reached the broad hallway outside the courtroom and couldn't find her client. She pulled her cell phone from her briefcase and called Taylor.

"Any sign of Kaylene?"


"You're sure? She's got to be somewhere." There was a churning in her gut that left Emilie unsettled, fearing what could have happened.

In the practice of law, clients were people you served during normal business hours and then forgot about when you left the office. Somewhere in her three years at the Haven that had stopped working. She sometimes woke up in the middle of the night panicking over a client's situation — and this was such a case. Kaylene's situation bordered on tenuous even after all the detailed planning and careful work. Her home life was one spark away from erupting, and there was so little Emilie could do to prevent it or protect Kaylene and her girls.

"Want me to keep calling?" Taylor's words penetrated her worried mind.

"Yes. I need to know she's okay."

"She probably got snagged in traffic somewhere. You know how 66 is."

"Stop-and-go all hours of the day." That was exactly why she'd bought a town house that was ridiculously expensive but also incredibly close to where she worked. Vehicles were made to move, not sit in lanes of traffic. "You're likely right. Let me know if you reach her."

Meanwhile, Emilie would check the courtroom just in case Kaylene had slipped around her. An unlikely scenario, but she felt ripples of desperation.

The courtroom was quiet, the dark wood lining the walls somber and weighty. It was surprisingly empty for a Monday morning, a circumstance that would change in the coming minutes unless the judge had canceled the general motion hour. That happened if the court had a jury trial or series of hearings calendared. This morning the only people in the courtroom were a court reporter seated at a computer near the front of the room and the judge.

Judge Emma Franklin had served the people of Alexandria City for fifteen years. She glanced up from the file resting on the large desk in front of her and acknowledged Emilie. "You ready, Miss Wesley?"

"Not quite, Your Honor. My client is on her way." She hoped. "Can we have a few more minutes?"

"The hearing is slated to begin in five, and I have ten minutes after that."

"This won't take long. I'm sure she's looking for parking."

The judge slid reading glasses down her nose and eyed Emilie, her gaze direct and not without warmth. "You understand your client has to be here to receive a temporary protective order."

"Yes, Your Honor." Emilie fought to keep her tone respectful — the judge knew she understood that. "I'll check the hallway for her again. The courthouse can be intimidating."

"It's easy to forget that when one works here. Good luck." Judge Franklin turned back to her files, and Emilie hurried to the doors leading to the hall.

The moment she exited the courtroom, she stepped to the side and pulled out her cell. A text from Taylor flashed on her screen. Still no answer

Emilie frowned and pulled up Kaylene's number. She hit call and waited for what felt like forever for anyone to pick up. Something was wrong. She hit redial and still no one picked up. The call finally went to voicemail, and she left a brief message: "Kaylene, tell me you're okay."

When she'd started working with domestic violence victims, Emilie had naively believed she could fix their lives — or at least take her skill with words and use it to help these women navigate their turbulent lives.

She'd learned the hard way it wasn't that simple.

If she wanted hope, she should have focused on adoptions.

Instead, she dealt with the real-world dysfunction that kept two people from sustaining a relationship. Where one or the other, sometimes both, fed off a destructive cycle of control and pain.

Did any of Kaylene's neighbors have any idea what happened behind her closed doors?

Probably not.

One or two might suspect, but it wouldn't have risen to the level of intervention.

That was one tragedy of relationship violence. If you didn't see the bruise, you could pretend it didn't exist. If you never thought about the disproportionate number of broken bones, you could believe someone simply had a string of bad luck. Happens to the best of us. After all, a grown woman could always flee if her situation got dangerous, unlike a child trapped in the power of someone bigger and stronger.

It was a fiction, but a fiction people chose to embrace.

Emilie walked down the side staircase to the first floor and checked with security. Then she searched the bathrooms on each floor. Still no sign of Kaylene.

She glanced at her watch as she hurried back to the courtroom. They were out of time, and she'd have to beg Judge Franklin for leniency in the hope Kaylene would eventually appear.

Had Robert, her husband, somehow found out what she was doing?

That was a worst-case scenario, one that could lead only to even worse scenarios. Emilie dislodged the thought as she reentered the courtroom.

"There you are, Ms. Wesley. Did you find your client?"

"No, Your Honor. I'm afraid we'll have to ask for a continuance."

Judge Franklin watched her for a moment, but Emilie refused to shift or fidget. "All right. You can handle that with my clerk."

"Thank you." She hurried from the room and scanned the hallway again as she walked around the corner to the judge's office. It only took a moment to reschedule for the next morning, and then she called Taylor. "I'm going to search the courthouse one more time, then head back."

"All right. I'll call you the moment I hear from her."

"Thanks." Emilie slipped her phone into the side pocket of her Italian leather briefcase. For a moment her thoughts flitted to her graduation trip to Florence and the open-air market where her mom had insisted she buy the briefcase so she'd look the part of an attorney. She shook her head. The memory of her hope and optimism that day disappeared in a wave of fear.

There were a few more people about as Emilie looked into courtrooms and checked the bathrooms one more time. Kaylene wouldn't be the first client who'd had the courage to start the process only to have it fail when she most needed it.

As Emilie walked down the first floor toward the exit, a detective strode toward her. She didn't know Detective Gaines well, but the man had been around a long time and might be able to help. She hurried to him, her heels clicking against the stone floor.

"Detective Gaines, do you have a moment?"

"Not really." His gaze was intent, if slightly unfocused, as if he was preoccupied with whatever matter had brought him to the courthouse.

"My client was supposed to meet me here to get a protective order in front of Judge Franklin. She didn't show."

"I'm sorry, but how can I help? Your client has to want the protection."

"Yes, I know." She blew out a breath, stemming a wave of annoyance. "I'm worried her husband found out and did something."

"Has he been violent before?"

"Yes." Kaylene had caught her husband in an affair, which had been the proverbial straw that destroyed her ability to carry on as though nothing were wrong. When he beat her for confronting him, she knew she must escape and had shown up at the Haven.

"Give me her name, and I'll check after I take care of something else."

"Thank you." She gave him Kaylene's name and headed outside. In fifteen minutes she was back in her office at the Haven comparing notes with Taylor. "I don't understand."

"That makes two of us." Taylor's usually smiling face wore a mask of concern as she meet Emilie's gaze. "Kaylene was as committed as any of our clients."

It was true, and that was what had Emilie tied up in knots. She moved to her desk and tried to focus on other case files, but her thoughts continued to stray to Kaylene. A news alert beeped onto her phone: Multiple shooting at Ravens Park home. She ignored it. Just another sensational headline.

Her desk phone intercom clicked to life.


"There's a Detective Gaines for you."

"Thanks." She grabbed the phone. "Thanks for getting back to me, Detective."

"Your client's name is Kaylene Adams?"


"She won't be meeting you at court. She's headed to the morgue, and suspected of shooting her daughters."


The shadows lengthened outside the office as Emilie stared at the blank screen. After the Haven closed she sometimes took advantage of the quiet to get out her laptop and work at her other job: freelance investigative journalism for an online newspaper that wanted to be the next must-read. Almost no one beyond her tight circle of girlfriends understood she had dual roles, but each fed a separate part of who she was. Lately, though, the writing didn't flow. It felt stymied, and she hoped by staying late she could knock out her next article.

Instead, she kept imagining Kaylene's body covered by a sheet. Her body heaved onto a gurney. Her body thrust into the ambulance.

If only Kaylene had called her Friday rather than Saturday, so they could have gone to court immediately to file the protective order. Maybe then Kaylene would be alive. Emilie's head knew she'd had no choice but to wait, but her heart felt as though she'd betrayed her client.

The online headlines screamed that the police believed Kaylene had killed one daughter and critically wounded the other. It felt like a waking nightmare. A grainy video that appeared on a couple of the local news station websites seemed to support the theory. One viewing, and Emilie felt her stomach rebel against the lunch she'd eaten as she'd scrambled to find any explanation for the tragedy.

She'd tried to watch it a second time, but she couldn't face it.

Now she had to get this article written, but the words wouldn't come. Even terrible words would be better than none — she could always edit it later.

But the blank screen taunted her ... the cursor blinking her failure at the top. This was not normal. Had the Muses abandoned her? She leaned across the surface of the desk. The coolness of the pressed wood felt good since the air-conditioning automatically slowed after hours.

After a moment she groaned and pushed back upright. There was no point staying any longer. She should go home, where she could at least stare at the computer screen from her bed in comfy clothes and with bare feet. The ridiculous heels she wore pinched her toes. They were a torture device, but part of her uniform and the identity she presented to clients. She wanted to remind them that they could be both strong and feminine. They could know who they were and be confident. It was possible, if one portrayed the right image. It might be an illusion, but no one else had to know. Tell yourself that, Emilie, she thought, wondering where her ability to help people and her words had gone.

She shoved a couple files in her bag, grabbed her car keys, and turned off the lights. The hall was quiet, the faint hum of the refrigerator whispering in the darkness as she passed the kitchen. One of the safety lights buzzed, as annoying as the mosquitoes that swarmed along the Potomac.

She felt a vibration against her side, and she stopped to rummage through her bag. How was it that the pockets always deepened when she scrambled to find a ringing cell phone? When her fingers finally clasped it, the call was gone. All that remained was the screen showing a number she didn't recognize. Oh well. If it was important they'd leave a message. She'd learned if they didn't, she shouldn't call back. No need to invite conversation with strangers who were usually telemarketers.

She jiggled the back door as she walked past. Good, it was already locked. Occasionally the cleaning crew forgot or, more likely, assumed the last staff member would lock it. So she always checked.

After that it was a quick lap through the rest of the warren of hallways to turn off lights. She loved the cheerful framed artwork, drawn by clients' children, that brightened what would otherwise be a boring beige hall. Inexpensive interior decorating with a message. It had been the receptionist's idea, when she first arrived, to soften the space and make it more inviting, but Johanna soon realized that a nonprofit's funds didn't allow for splurges. Then she landed on the idea of dollar-store frames filled with artwork children created. The result was charming and colorful. Then a donor noticed and wrote a check for larger pieces to be framed and displayed in the entry and conference rooms.

The result was unique and perfect.

Emilie stopped to examine an acrylic Kaylene's daughter Kinley had painted. The girl had been delighted to wait for her mom in the children's room, once she'd spotted the art supplies. When Emilie and Kaylene returned an hour later, Kinley hadn't heard them come in. Tongue protruding past her teeth, she was concentrating on adding a thin brush of white along a tree trunk.

Tears filled Emilie's eyes at the memory.

Kinley had glanced up. "That white edge is meant to add highlights." The words sounded so self-assured coming from a nine-year-old.

Kaylene had grinned and tugged her daughter's ponytail. "Guess all those art lessons are worth it. You've created something beautiful." As she looked down at Kinley, the worry lines seemed to fade along her eyes, and the tightness at her mouth eased. "Kaydence is our math and science gal," she'd told Emilie. "Kinley is our creative."

"And you love me for it." Kinley's grin was big enough to split the sky.

There was nothing in the child's face that day to indicate she feared her mom. Nothing at all.

Emilie walked out the front door, checking to make sure it locked behind her before proceeding down the sidewalk to the parking lot. She could have used the back door, but when she left after dusk she preferred to walk along the busy road before darting into the lot and unlocking her car at the last moment.

It might seem paranoid, but she didn't want to give anyone an opportunity to sneak up on her or into her car because she'd carelessly unlocked it while she was fifty yards away. That wasn't a good idea in her line of work.

She tried to peer into all corners of the parking lot before entering it. Even then it wasn't until she was almost to her car that she saw a person in the shadows. She hurried to unlock the car and climb inside and then quickly relocked the doors from the inside. The person stepped forward as she turned the car on and put it in reverse. Then they — she couldn't tell through the lens of the rearview mirror if it was a man or woman — let the weakened light from the street brush across their face, a safe move thanks to the hoodie that cloaked their features.

Emilie wanted to scream in frustration. Who was this person? Before she could do something, anything to fight back — but what? call the police? could they arrive in time? — the person was gone. Vanished in the shadows. If she could see who it was just once, she could do something to fix this and make them stop.

She pulled out of the parking lot and turned onto the street.

She needed to get home. Somewhere safe.

Someplace where she could pretend no one stalked her and made sure she knew it.


He buttoned the top button of his tuxedo shirt, then adjusted the bow tie. Tonight's fund-raiser for the Haven would be his first step into public view since the business trades released the amount he'd been paid for InterIntell. The dollars were large enough to have those who wanted to be his friends circulate where before they hadn't acknowledged him. Tonight he simply had to smile and endure. Shake a few hands. Feign interest and leave as soon as he could.

He'd never quite fit into the social scene, a fact he could trace to middle school when his interests diverged so completely from those of his mindless classmates.

Today would be different. He knew he could exceed expectations. A few extra zeros in his bank account helped with that.

He was no longer the skinny, nerdy kid who sat in the back row drafting code and forming ideas while the rest learned useless information like the dates of wars and theorems he'd mastered as an eight-year-old. He was the celebrated CEO of a company that revolutionized the way people lived. Where most people looked around the world and saw colors and shapes, he saw zeros and ones. He saw programs that could affect the world around him.


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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book grabs your attention and holds it from page 1 to the end! It motivates you to want to help those who are struggling.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this one. The plot was very transparent. I knew very quickly what the outcome was going to be and who the killers and stalker were. The main character Emilie acted more like a stubborn teenager than a professional adult. She constantly defies her boss to meet her own need to know. The story itself seemed to keep repeating the same thoughts, actions and scenarios over and over again - chapter after chapter. It got very boring. When the preaching about Got and prayer along with several bible quotes started up, I nearly stopped reading. It's too bad that Barnes and Noble isn't more diligent about indicating in their descriptions that a book is Christian based. I forced myself to keep reading in the hopes that the book would get better and that the wow factor would be there. This one totally fell flat for me and there was no wow factor. It centered more on Emilie and her love/personal interests than any real suspens/thriller material. I won't be reading any more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Does have religious overtones.
Regina_Jennings More than 1 year ago
Bite-Your-Fingernails Fiction Cara Putman is a master at bringing both drama and heart to real-life legal conflicts. In Imperfect Justice, Attorney Emilie Wesley deals with a horrifying situation, and if she fails the consequences would be tragic. Not only does she need to clear the name of her client, she also has to prove the killer's guilt to save a child. And even with those high stakes, I was never sure exactly what would happen. With Putman's willingness to tackle the tough issues, all options are on the table, leaving readers with the delightful uneasiness that nothing is safe about the story. Especially with an obsessed stalker lurking unseen and unconfronted as Emilie tries to build her case. I cheered every secondary character in the book, hoping that they will be the heroines of future installments in this series! This was a pick-up and read in one setting book for me. You won't be disappointed.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Justice was a book that I couldn’t put down. I had never read this author before and didn’t know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the twists and turns. I related well with Emilie and also with Reid, the depth of the characters really grabbed me. I didn’t know what to expect and there was a lot more involved in the book and the characters than I originally suspected. I was totally surprised by the ending – didn’t see it coming. Would definitely read more books by this author.
Anonymous 18 days ago
I love reading books in a series that allow you to engage with different characters in each book, but still give you the opportunity to hear from the characters you’ve already met and grown to love in the earlier books. This series doesn’t disappoint! There is sweet romance without all the angst, suspense, knowledge about important current issues, and a plot that keeps you reading late into the night. I’ve read the first two books, and I’m going to buy the last book in this series as soon as I finish this review.
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AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Justice is the perfect balance between taunt legal thriller and romantic suspense novel. Emilie works part of her busy attorney schedule helping women escape from abusive relationships. Her client fails to meet her for a hearing at the local court house and then it is reported that she has killed her own daughter, severely wounded her other and then is shot and killed by police. Emilie isn’t convinced that this is a true reflection of events so along with Kaylene’s brother - they must work together to unravel the real truth about Kaylene’s abusive life and what led to her tragic end. A gripping storyline and constant threat of dangers - Imperfect Justice asks some pertinent questions around family violence and the desperate lengths one will go to to protect those we love. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher as part of the Thomas Nelson/ Zondervan Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
LucyMR1 More than 1 year ago
Even more edge of your seat than Beyond Justice. This is a fantastic book that deals with spousal abuse and a stalker, but is so realistic that it hit to close to home for me, as I lived through these circumstances in my past. Ms. Putman deals with these sensitive issues in a caring way that draws you into the story and you can’t put it down. I loved the character of Attorney Emilie Wesley, as her grit and determination to seek the truth while dealing with her own issues is heroic. She is strong & determined, but shows her softer side and compassionate character also. She can be witty, charming, flirty, hard, and non bending all in the same chapter. You will love and respect her as she grows and opens up like a flower thirsty for rain to the attention of Reid. The written words are put together like pieces of a puzzle to give you the full picture. A must read, as it is gripping, intense, page turning, and gives you enough legal jargon to understand without inundating you. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Emilie Wesley spends her time as a lawyer at the Haven, a safe place for women to get help to get out of domestic violence relationships. Although it can be stressful, Emilie is great at what she does and has been able to help numerous women. Although she has helped many, her recent case is one that she cannot move forward from. Kaylene Adams has been coming to the Haven for the past couple of months looking to get out of the abusive relationship with her husband Robert. Along with leaving Robert, Kaylene plans on taking her two children Kaydence and Kinley with her. Although Kaylene had been going back and forth with the idea of leaving Robert, the time has finally come. Her plans were to meet with her attorney, Emilie, to officially get a protective order against Robert. When Emilie got to the courtroom, she was expecting to see Kaylene there. When she couldn't find her, she began to panic. After calling her numerous times, with no answer, Emilie had to postpone the hearing until she could find her client. As she was leaving the courtroom, Emile spotted a detective that she knew. Emilie asked him to check on Kaylene and let her know if Kaylene was okay. Emilie continued her day, but later got an unexpected call. Kaylene and her daughter Kaydence were dead and Kinley, although still alive, had been wounded as well. It is suspected that Kaylene shot both of her daughters before turning the gun on herself. Knowing that this cannot be true, Emilie decides that she has to figure out what actually happened. Not wanting to go to Robert, Emilie contacts Kaylene's brother Reid. Reid however is hesitant - he isn't sure what information he can give Emilie since he wasn't very close to Kaylene. Emilie, not wanting to give up and knowing that she has to save Kinley, continues to look into Kaylene's death. Reid, not wanting to believe it either, wanted to look into Kaylene's death as well. Although Reid wasn't close to Kaylene, he did have a couple boxes of Kaylene's that she asked him to keep for her. While he was looking through those boxes, he found a letter from her. In the letter she asks him to look after her children if anything were to happen to her. After reading the letter, although he still doesn't know what was going on between Kaylene and Robert, he knows that he has to do whatever he can to protect Kinley and clear Kaylene's name. Imperfect Justice was an interesting read. When you first start reading, you start to get an idea of how the book is going to go. You believe that Emilie knows the truth, but now she has to prove it. As the book goes on, you can get conflicted. On one hand, you want to believe that Kaylene wouldn't hurt her children, but as Emilie and Reid hit one roadblock after another, you can start to think that maybe Kaylene did do it. You continue down this path of - I don't know or it could go either way - until the very end. The end ties it together and tells you a story that you weren't expecting. The story is very well written and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if Emilie was going to get what they needed in time. Quill says: Imperfect Justice is a great read and shows that you really can't judge a book by its cover.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
Well-written book. Very suspenseful, but not TOO much scariness. ;) Great characters, especially Emilie and Reid. Murder, mystery, secrets, and a little romance!
bookbloggerKB More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman Emilie Wesley is a lawyer for women experiencing domestic abuse. She has almost helped Kaylene escape her controlling husband when something goes terribly wrong. Emilie gets word that Kaylene is dead and has killed one of her daughters as well. Emilie can’t believe that this is the true explanation for what happened. Enter Reid, Kaylene’s younger brother. A successful investor, he feels guilty for not knowing and becoming involved in Kaylene’s struggle. But he is determined to rescue his remaining niece, Kinley, if at all possible. He and Emilie join forces to attempt the impossible. Although this legal suspense novel had more romance in it than I expected, it was an engrossing read with a few plot-twists along the way. I liked that this novel focused on Emilie and her relationships, but still included Hayden and Andrew from the first book. The author gave some hints that there might be another romance budding in the sequel—maybe between Brandon and Caroline, who were supporting characters in this book. There were several plot threads, which kept my interest. Not all of them were pertinent to the book’s conclusion, though, and I found myself wondering why the author had included them. Although not everything was explained to my satisfaction, and the justice was imperfect, the conclusion was satisfying. Cara Putman’s fans will not be disappointed. I received a free copy from the publisher for this, my honest review.
dhiggins4 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved “Imperfect Justice” by Cara Putman. This book had me hooked from the first page, and I couldn’t put it down! It has suspense and a little romance throughout. The book centers around Emilie, an attorney that specializes in helping women needing help. When Emilie isn’t able to help one of her client’s and there is a mystery surrounding her death, Emilie teams up with her clients’ brother to find out the truth. Along with that, Emilie is dealing with a stalker, and she is trying to find out who this could be. This book had some twists and turns along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good, clean romantic suspense books. This is an author who I will continue to read. I received this book from Net Galley for my honest opinion.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
4 stars- This is the second novel in the “Hidden Justice” series. It serves well as a stand-alone, with some references to the first book. I find it always adds to the depth of the characters, major and minor, when you can read the series in order. This story is about Emilie Wesley, an attorney for The Haven, a women’s resource center to help abused and battered women. When one of her clients kills her daughter, critically injures the 2nd and is then killed by police, Emilie is devastated. Emilie knows in her heart Kaylene is innocent. Kaylene’s brother Reid is also convinced his big sister would never hurt her daughters. Together Emilie and Reid set out to find the truth about what happened and try and save his young niece from her abusive father. This was a well written story. I felt for both Emilie and Reid as they struggled to come to terms with the the horror of what happened to their client and sister. I appreciated that they never doubted Kaylene’s innocence. The author did a good job of keeping the story flowing and creating a believable scenario. It was eye opening to think about how many women (and even men) suffer in abusive relationships and feel helpless to do anything about it. This story reiterated the importance of places like The Haven, that exist to be a safe place and advocate for these women and children. The chemistry between Reid and Emilie was believable and not over the top. It didn’t feel forced or rushed and progressed naturally. I enjoyed the main story more than the side story of Emilie’s stalker. That part felt a little forced but did convey Emilie’s fear of her stalker as an example of the fear her clients at The Haven might experience. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and finding out more about Jaime and her troubles. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a for a favorable review. It was great to read the second book in this series. To see that Emilie was doing wonderful things for women trying to get out of bad situations brings truth to the topic of what happens. But even Emilie has things she is trying to work out in her own life she is still trying to find out what happened to one of her clients. Thank you Cara for writing a book that makes you think while reading. I look forward to what happens next in the group of women who graduated from law school and are making a difference in the world.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Justice is the second installment from Cara Putman’s series, Hidden Justice. I enjoyed this suspense filled drama. I loved Emilie Wesley. She has such strength and determination to solve the mystery for her client. What a great heroine for this book! The plot is so believable and true to life. I felt like I was hanging onto my seat as the events unfolded. I give Imperfect Justice 5 stars and look forward to the next book of the Hidden Justice series. Great book! I received this book from the publisher but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A riveting story. The police believe that Kaylene Adams killed her daughter but her lawyer does not believe this. How can she prove it? Emilie Wesley is seeking the truth of what happened with Kaylene and her daughter. Then she realizes that she has a stalker after her. Who is stalking her and why? Reid Billings gets a letter from his deceased sister Kaylene asking him to take care of her daughters. How will he do this? Will Emilie be able to help him get custody of the remaining daughter from her father?
SarahSundin More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is a riveting legal thriller. As Reid and Emilie race to save a little girl, their mutual grief and self-doubts provide realistic and touching counterpoints. The story illustrates the plight of women trapped in abusive relationships, timely and relevant and sobering. Imperfect Justice is an excellent continuation of the Hidden Justice series, but it easily stands alone. I loved this book!
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Emilie wonders if she can do it anymore can she really help those who cant help themselves. When her life is turned upside down she knows she has to keep fighting and get justices for the silenced. Reid it thrown into a role of trying to protect his niece he just needs to know who to trust and who might not be as safe as he thought. His whole world it thrown upside down but he will stop at nothing to help his niece. Can they work together and get the help for Kaylene's little girl or will there be more to it in the back ground they are unaware of? This book is amazing I can't even. This book deals with some really tough subjects and there is not even a slow part in this book from page one to the very last page I had a hard time putting it down. I loved how the author held nothing back. This story could be anyone's story such an eyeopening read. This book is so worth the read I loved how it sucks you in and you can't go wrong. This book is a super clean read and no strong language.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Imperfect Justice is the second book in the Hidden Justice collection. I read the first book, Beyond Justice, and each of these stand alone novels are about women and the law and how women help each other. This was quite an interesting story. An abusive husband and a wife/mother who is believed guilty of killing her daughter. This was an emotional read. How can a mother kill her child? Well, as attorney Emilie Wesley knows. She can't or didn't. But to prove that a dead mother is innocent is hard to prove. Then Reid Billings the brother of the deceased woman knows a whole different story of Kaylene's life, too. So, when Emilie is approached by Reid she knows this may be the hardest case she will or has ever prosecuted. The story of an abusive marriage and a demented man who claims to love his family but is so abusive he can kill a child. Reid and Emilie strive to protect the living daughter. What a story! *This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Emilie is an attorney that works at the Haven, an organization that helps abused women escape their abusive marriages and relationships. Kaylene is a client that wasn't able to escape quickly enough. Evidence points to her murdering one daughter, shooting another daughter, then herself. This is not the Kaylene that Emilie has been helping and sets out to discover what actually happened and find justice for Kaylene. This is a good mystery with a bit of romance thrown in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cara Putman is quickly becoming one of my "if she wrote it, I'll read it" authors. Attorney Emilie Wesley works with The Haven, a place when abused women can come for help. Kaylene Adams was one of those women, ready to get herself and her two daughters away from her controlling, abusive husband. Then, on the day Kaylene is to appear in court to request a protective order, she kills one daughter, wounds the second and is shot by the police, or so it seems to outsiders. Those who knew Kaylene, the women at The Haven, and her brother Reid Billings, think there is another side of this story. With Kaylene's death, Emilie begins to doubt she can continue to help these women. In the mean time, Emilie has a stalker. With her confidence is already shaken, the stalker makes her more uncertain. Emilie and Reid work together to make sure the surviving daughter does not go home to her father. If you like a John Grisham type of legal thriller with a little romance thrown in, you'll enjoy this book. Cara's legal expertise is evident in the book and she handles a sensitive with finesse.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
This was a very good legal thriller. The subject matter is a very real one. The characters were well developed and believable. I will read more of This author. *My thanks to the Fiction Guild for a copy of this book.
Glorysong2 More than 1 year ago
Cara Putman is an author who draws the reader into the web of her books. Imperfect Justice is just such a book. There is Emilie, a lawyer, who helps women and children escape from abusing husbands/fathers. Reid is the brother of a woman (Kaylene) accused of shooting her 2 daughters, killing one; them committing suicide. Emilie was helping Kaylene and her girls to escape her husband. Neither Reid nor Emilie could picture Kaylene killing anyone. Add to that drama, a man stalking Emilie. This is a hard book to put down. I loved it.