EVERYONE WANTS THE BOY TO PAY FOR HIS CRIME.
ONLY ONE WOMAN WANTS TO SAVE HIM.
Defense Attorney Sophie Giraudo is about to open a new legal practice in her hometown of San Sebastian, California, when the beloved governer is shot and seriously wounded during a celebration in the town park. The only thing more shocking than the crime itself is the identity of the would-be assassin: a seemingly gentle teenager named Donny. Driven by her desire to understand what could make a person with no history of violence suddenly commit such a terrible act, Sophie reluctantly agrees to take him on as a client, knowing that, at least, it will bring her some income. But soon she realizes that she also has personal motivations for taking the case: a desire to prove to her overbearing mother that she is not the reckless and self-destructive tennager she used to be, to prove to her ex-husband, who happens to be the prosecuting attorney, that she can win her case, and to prove to herself that the traumatic events of her adolescence no longer define her.
As she digs deeper into Donny's past, Sophie begins to suspect that he might not be the cold-blooded killer everyone thinks he is. Does Donny's narcissistic mother really have her son's best interest in mind? Is Donny's mentor who runs Boys Into Men, a program for disadvantaged youths, the altruistic man he claims to be? Is Donny a deranged murderer, or a victim of his circumstances acting out of desperation? As Sophie races to uncover the truth, she is forced to come to terms with her past and to fight for what she knows is right...even if it means risking her reputation and possibly her life.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.12(h) x 1.12(d)|
About the Author
Drusilla Campbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two rescued dogs, and three horses.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great Book! About a month ago, Victor Marx visited our church. He is an advocate for children and visits them often in juvenile detention centers and prisons for young men and women. He has a great testimony about how he survived the torment, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of his step-father, the abandonment of his biological father, and how he overcame those challenges. When I read this book, it made me think of the many children and young adults he works with. Children don’t just wake up one day and decide to kill or hurt someone. Something triggers inside of them, someone pressures them, but the child is the one left standing alone. In this book, Drusilla weaves a story around the social issues of abused children, poverty and community, social injustices, and abuse of power. Sophie is a defense attorney, who has her own internal struggles to contend with. She has the image of her teenage years, her ex-husband (the prosecuting attorney), her family expectations, and trying to establish herself in the community. Donnie is a young boy, who shoots the Governor, in front of many people. Donnie has his own secrets and isn’t willing to open up to Sophie, who has to establish a case to defend him. Donnie is a quiet child, who used to be in a group home, has a narcissistic mother, and is willing to be the “fall guy” for something, someone else wanted him to do. It’s a story that takes time to build, but after the first few chapters, it moves at a fast pace as Sophie is racing against the clock. This is a book that has some loose ends, that will make for an awesome book club discussion! There is plenty to discuss and questions to answer!! Overall, a great book!