Lone Witness

Lone Witness

by Rachel Dylan

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Overview

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

Prosecutor Sophie Dawson's first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.'s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don't know who they can trust.

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what's right—but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764219818
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Atlanta Justice Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 147,840
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rachel Dylan (www.racheldylan.com) was a litigator in one of Atlanta's most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of Deadly Proof and four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media and you can visit her website at www.racheldylan.com.

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CHAPTER 1

Guilty. That's the only possible verdict. Ladies and gentleman of the jury, Felix Sanders, the CEO of Banton Corporation, has been embezzling for five years." Sophie Dawson took a deep breath, then continued her closing argument. She made eye contact with each of the twelve members of the jury who would decide the fate of the crooked CEO.

"Throughout the past week, you've heard testimony not only from other employees of Banton Corporation, but from our forensic accounting experts. Those experts testified that there is no doubt that Mr. Sanders was funneling money from the accounts of Banton investors into his personal slush fund that sits in a Swiss bank account." If she lost this case, then she deserved to be fired. The evidence against Sanders was rock solid. It was rare to have a case this bulletproof.

"The defense would have you believe that every single one of these transactions was made in clerical error, but now that you've heard and seen all of the evidence, I submit to you that there is no way that conclusion could ever be reached. Let me remind you that we're talking about hundreds of transactions over a five-year period. The defense's position asks you to suspend all logic and enter a fantasyland that doesn't exist. While the prosecution has the burden of proof, we have clearly met that requirement with these facts."

This was one of Sophie's first major jury trials since she'd joined the White Collar Crime Unit of the Fulton County District Attorney's office. Moving from the general trial division into the White Collar division had been a promotion, but financial crimes weren't quite as exciting as murder. And the victims in this particular case weren't individual consumers but other wealthy hedge fund types. They still deserved justice, though, because their money had been stolen from them. What Sanders had done was a crime, and she was doing her job as a prosecutor.

Sophie walked the jury through the remaining pieces of evidence. Then it was time for the defense to give their closing argument. Sanders had hired a big shot defense attorney from Peters & Gomez, but even a superstar high-priced lawyer wasn't going to save him from a conviction. Sophie zoned out a little as the attorney droned on and on, trying to poke holes in her case. She thought it was a strategic miscalculation on his part to be so long-winded. The jury had been sitting there all week.

They would be ready to start their deliberations and be done with this. But she wasn't a defense attorney and had no desire to ever be one. If that was the strategy he wanted to employ, then who was she to second-guess him?

When her opposing counsel finally sat down, the judge provided the jury with instructions, and the jurors were excused for their deliberations. Now all Sophie could do was wait. It could be minutes, hours, or days before the jury came back with a verdict, although she hoped it would be quick. If it took too long, she'd start to get worried.

She started packing up her stuff as her opposing counsel, John Gomez, walked over to her. Sanders was probably paying Gomez, a founding partner at the firm, over a thousand dollars an hour. A ridiculous sum for legal fees, if you asked her.

"Ms. Dawson, that was a very impressive closing argument." John smoothed his tailored navy suit jacket.

"Thank you." Sophie guessed John was probably in his fifties, and his short dark hair was slightly graying at the temples. She wasn't sure why he was talking to her. She was just one of many Fulton County prosecutors, and he was one of the heaviest hitters in the legal community. Being a founding partner of one of the most prestigious law firms in town was a big deal to most people. But his power and clout didn't impress her that much. She was more moved by other attributes.

John took a step toward her. "You have a great presence, even if you are a bit rough around the edges."

"Excuse me?" This wasn't the first time she had received unsolicited comments about her courtroom performance from her opposing counsel. Being a relatively young female with a baby face and blond hair, she was constantly trying to prove herself.

"It was a compliment. So much so, that I'd love for you to consider making a lateral move over to our firm. I'm sure I could at least triple your current salary, and we can always use top talent with real trial experience. Tested trial lawyers aren't easy to come by." His dark eyes studied her.

What he didn't realize was that she hadn't become a lawyer for the money. She didn't even need to work, because she had a more-than-substantial trust fund set up by her father. She was a prosecutor because she loved it. "I appreciate your kind offer, Mr. Gomez."

"Please, call me John." He gave her a million-dollar smile.

"But I just started this new role in the White Collar Crime Unit, and I really enjoy my work. I can't imagine making the move to private practice." In fact, it was something she'd never consider, but she thought it better to keep her explanations simple and to the point. There was no use in explaining her entire background and career goals.

John nodded. "I understand. But if you change your mind, you know how to get in touch with me. My door is always open for you." He put his hand on her shoulder. "And I'd love to take you to dinner sometime and discuss it further."

Suddenly uncomfortable, she took a step back, putting a little distance between them. "Like I said, thank you, but I'm not interested. And I'm sorry, but I need to run. I have to handle a few other matters."

"Of course. We'll see how long the jury takes, but it might be next week before we get a decision."

"Let's hope not," she muttered.

He smiled at her again, showing his perfectly polished white teeth, and walked away. She let out a breath. Well, that was awkward. Maybe she had misread his signals, but it seemed like he was more interested in her as a woman than as a lawyer. That was also a common response she got from her male colleagues.

Couldn't they just respect her for the work she put in and not always be angling for something else from her? No wonder she still hadn't found Mr. Right, despite her persistent search. She shook off the encounter and headed back to her office to finish up a few other things.

Her caseload was heavy, but not nearly like it had been in the general trial division. She'd been in the courtroom almost every single day for the past seven years, learning the ropes as an assistant district attorney. Now, as a senior ADA, she had a chance to distinguish herself from the crowd.

Once she was settled back in her office, she pulled out her latest case file. She'd just started her investigation into a matter involving Southern Investment Bank, known as SIB. The bank was headquartered in Atlanta, and according to the file, numerous complaints had been lodged against a top senior manager named Glen Shelton.

This was the type of case she could really sink her teeth into. Unlike the trial she had just completed, the victims here were people who truly couldn't afford to be cheated. Shelton was accused of stealing from his clients and charging exorbitant fees on every transaction, in a way that was not clear to the clients that they were being charged at all, much less for what. The complaints were lodged by small businesses and individuals who had used Shelton for personal and small business loans.

These people had trusted Shelton with their finances, sometimes their life savings or their entire business, and now it was gone. Poof! All because of one man's greedy appetite.

There were still a ton of holes to fill in the investigation, but she was definitely ready to tackle this new file. And now that her caseload wasn't as crazy, she'd be able to devote large chunks of her time to this case. A burst of adrenaline coursed through her body just thinking about it. If what she was reading about Shelton was true, he needed to be held accountable for his criminal acts.

It would be a delicate endeavor, though. She'd been around long enough to understand that a case like this could get political. Very political. SIB was one of the most respected companies in Atlanta and had tons of influential local connections. The CEO of SIB was one of the most powerful women in the city.

At this point, Sophie wasn't looking to go after SIB as a corporation. Her target was merely one of its employees. Hopefully, that would mean she'd get the full cooperation of the company from the top down, but she wasn't holding her breath. Any type of criminal investigation was bound to make the executives at SIB nervous, and she couldn't blame them for that. But she had a job to do and planned not to let SIB's prestige and sterling reputation hold her back.

Sophie was still settling into her new office. It was marginally bigger than her old one, but still nothing fancy. She chuckled, thinking about her two best friends, who worked at big law firms. They had huge offices in high-rises with plush furniture, views of the Midtown skyline or Stone Mountain, and all the amenities in the world, and here she sat in a stuffy box on the third floor with a tiny window and a view of the parking garage. The office was filled with one lonely file cabinet, a desk, and three basic office chairs. No amenities here, unless you brought them in yourself. Such was the life of a public servant, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

She looked at the clock and realized that time had gotten away from her. That was the story of her life. Many a night she left the office late.

No word yet from the jury, so it would definitely be next week, unless they opted to work over the weekend — which was unlikely, unless they were super close to reaching a verdict. She should just go home.

Once she got to her car and pushed the start button, her stomach started to rumble, and she realized she hadn't eaten anything since that morning. An intense craving for junk food hit her, so she decided to drive to the gas station she frequented for chips and candy bars. At least a healthy dose of salt and sugar would satisfy her cravings. She parked in front of the Quick-Stop and could already taste the mix of salty chips and chocolate. If she was going for junk food, she might as well make it good.

But once she got into the store and started walking the aisles, she couldn't make a decision. Maybe she should try to be healthy and only get one snack, then try to have a proper dinner. She looked at her watch. It was ten o'clock. Too late for a real dinner anyway.

She walked to the back of the store to pick up a flavored tea. As she opened the refrigerator door, debating between raspberry or extra sweet, a sudden commotion began at the front of the store. She turned around and sucked in a breath.

A man was pointing a gun at the cashier, and they were yelling at each other. Her first instinct was to run toward the fight and try to stop a disaster from happening, but she was only halfway up the aisle when a shot rang out. Instinctively, she hit the floor, covering her head, and slid behind one of the popcorn displays. She'd taken active shooter training as part of her job and knew that the best course of action was to try to stay out of sight. She peered around the display, trying to keep most of her body hidden.

The shooter turned around, and she got a good look at his face. He appeared young to her, maybe in his upper teens. He didn't seem to notice her as he sprinted out of the gas station with his gun still drawn.

As soon as he was out the door, she sprang to her feet and ran to the front counter. The cashier lay on the ground in a large pool of blood. Squatting down beside him, she checked for a pulse. Nothing. He was dead.

She heard another round of gunshots and looked outside. The shooter had opened fire on his way out of the store. He was heading toward a midsize gray SUV, but there was another car on the left side of it. One person was on the driver's side, crouched down with her hands over her head, but the person on the passenger side was totally exposed and in the shooter's direct line of fire.

Sophie heard herself scream a warning, but it was too late.

The man fired and hit the woman standing closest to his SUV. Then he jumped into his car and sped away.

Sophie mentally took down his license plate as she rushed outside to check on the victim. The other woman was standing over her friend, crying hysterically.

"It's going to be okay," Sophie said, trying to calm her down. "Call 911 right now."

The woman nodded as tears rolled down her reddened cheeks, and pulled out her cell phone.

Sophie turned her attention to the woman lying on the ground, surrounded by large amounts of blood. Now that Sophie got a good look at the victim, she realized that the petite brunette looked barely older than a teenager. She'd suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Sophie didn't even have to check for a pulse to tell her what she already knew. This young woman was dead. The head shot had probably killed her on impact.

Dear Lord, so much death. Please help me. Don't let me fall apart right now.

There was nothing she could do for this woman now, so she took the phone away from the woman's friend, who was standing nearby, shaking in shock. Sophie started talking to the 911 operator and gave him the license plate number. The shooter would probably dump the car ASAP, so they only had a small window to try to track him down by the plates.

Sophie wrapped her arm around the woman who had lost her friend. "You're safe. No one is going to hurt you now."

The woman didn't reply, just continued to sob. Soon the blaring sound of sirens filled the air. Sophie was no stranger to crime scenes. In fact, she'd been at more than she could even begin to count. But this was different. Tonight she was not here as a prosecutor, but as a witness.

Thankfully, she recognized one of the two officers who got out of their vehicle. Officer Carlos Wall's dark eyes widened when he saw her.

"Sophie," he said. "How did you get here so fast?" Then his eyes focused on her hands and beige suit jacket, which were streaked with bright red blood. "Sophie? What happened?"

"I was here getting a snack, Carlos. I saw everything." She could hear her voice starting to crack, but she had to stay strong and make sure they had the information they needed. This was no time to get emotional. She had to push through and focus.

Carlos muttered something under his breath and then turned to his partner, who was standing beside him. "This is one of ours," he said. "An ADA."

She didn't correct him about her title and promotion. Now wasn't the time.

"Sophie Dawson, this is Officer Peter Gray," Carlos said. Then he looked at Peter. "You should take Sophie's statement."

"There's another body inside," she said quietly. "He killed two people."

"Then that makes you a witness to a double homicide," Carlos said.

(Continues…)


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Kathae 28 days ago
Lone Witness, book two of the Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan, is a page-turner! It definitely stands on its own, as just the main characters from the previous novel are mentioned. I loved Sophie, the feminine lead. She had a strong sense of who she was and what she wanted out of life. She was equally aware of potential weaknesses in her life. There was plenty of action, lots of bad guys, and much looking over your shoulder. For those who enjoy suspense and courtroom drama, this is a book you'll want to pick up. I received this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
lsnlj 4 months ago
This is book 2 in the Atlanta Justice series, it is a stand alone book. You will miss some history in some of the sub characters, plus a good read, but you will have no problem keeping up with the story if you jump right into this one. Rachel Dylan has a great writing style. This book is full of mystery, suspense, action, friendship and of course romance. Prosecutor Sophie Dawson is a beautiful, hardworking, determined woman with a heart of gold. Even though she does not have to work, she loves seeing justice served and the job she has. When she is in need of protection Cooper Knight is the man for the job. Cooper is a handsome, former police officer who now has his own private security company. I love the sparks between Cooper and Sophie, the suspense and mystery as well. I look forward to the next book in this series and love the fact you keep up with past characters.
KimPotter 8 months ago
Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan is the second book in her Atlanta Justice series. Prosecutor Sophie Dawson is the only witness to a ruthless double murder by the younger brother of a notorious gang leader. Now, she must testify and prosecute a local bank employee who might be cheating his customers, all while staying out of the cross-hairs of the gang. Convinced that she is in danger her father hires Cooper Knight as Sophie’s bodyguard. With threats coming from everywhere, Cooper and Sophie are not sure whom they can trust. Will Cooper be able to keep Sophie alive to testify? It’s only a matter of time before someone strikes again and this time it could be fatal. Wow, this story was very intense! From the very beginning you were sucked in and it never let up. There were a few surprises that I didn’t see coming. I loved the interaction between Sophie and Cooper and the way they supported each other in their weaknesses. I was afraid that the court room dialogue would become too technical but Ms. Dylan made it all very easy to follow and not be boring. I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes fast paced action thrillers. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
ksnapier475 8 months ago
Lone Witness (Atlanta Justice Book #2) by [Dylan, Rachel]I was given this book by Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. Sophie Dawson has just started working as a prosecutor in the White Collar division in Fulton County. Her first case is to investigate a bank employee who may be cheating customers. Soon she finds that she is the sole witness to a double homicide. This was not what she was expecting, at all. Cooper Knight, a former police office and now a private security guard has accepted a job of keeping Sophie safe. Before long, neither of them know who they can trust. This book places the reader inside both of these legal professions. Dylan has created characters which are strong and complex. This is the second book in the series. The characters from the first book show up as secondary characters. The third book in this series is due out in 2019.
ChatWithVera 9 months ago
Author Rachel Dylan takes the reader behind the scenes of two trials totally unconnected. The witness for one is a member of the Atlanta legal prosecutory team and who is concurrently prosecuting another banking case. Her roll in both cases the one for which she is the Lone Witness and the other for which she is the lead prosecutor will keep the reader on the edge of his or her seat as they read. As events unfold, it becomes startlingly clear that Sophie's life is in danger. There is not just a threat with which to be concerned there are actual moves against her that drastically endanger her very being. Sophie's father secures a body guard to protect her - one of the perks of coming from a monied family; but even though he is a top notch protector, danger still finds Sophie. The dramatic conclusion of this story had me totally surprised. The story has a sweet romance. This work of fiction sits squarely in the Christian fiction world yet doesn't "preach" to the reader. I enjoyed this book and look forward to more of Rachel Dylan's work. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing as part of the book review program to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given.
BethErin 9 months ago
Sophie Dawson is one tough cookie! Despite her perilous position as the sole witness of a gang-related double homicide, Sophie continues to work tenaciously on building her other assigned case in the white collar division. Cooper Knight is fully committed to his current task of keeping Sophie safe in every possible way, including protecting her heart from the growing attraction between them. Cooper has plans for his life and romantic relationships are not included. Courage is not the absence of fear but the power to act in the presence of fear… in my opinion, Sophie and Cooper are truly courageous! I highly recommend this engaging series and eagerly anticipate the release of book three! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan is the second installment in the Atlanta Justice series. This one revolves around Sophie, one of three friends who are lawyers. After working long hours on her first case in White Collar Crimes, Assistant DA, Sophie Dawson, stops by a convenience store for a snack to take home. While Sophie selects some goodies, a gunman enters the store, shoots the clerk and an innocent bystander and flees the scene. But not before Sophie sees his face. Her father hires Cooper Knight to be her bodyguard. But who of her colleagues is on her side? Who can she really trust? Which of her cases holds the clue to her harassment? This is an interesting look at how cases are handled, with a bit of romance and some excitement along the way. I have enjoyed both books in this series and look forward to the third. This is a book to make you think as well as feed your need for suspense! * I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
Amaack 10 months ago
Last fall, I shared with you a new author I'd found. Rachel Dylan had just released the first book in her Atlanta Justice series, Deadly Proof. Now, I get to share with you book two in that series, Lone Witness. Lone Witness continues to share the story of two Atlanta friend groups, with this story focusing on Sophie and Cooper. Sophie has just received a promotion at the Fulton County DA's office, working on a high profile case involving a local bank when her life is turned upside down. Sophie is the lone witness to a double homicide involving one of the most notorious gangs in Atlanta.  Private security guard Cooper Knight is hired by Sophie's father to provide protection.  As Sophie's life is further placed in peril, Sophie and Cooper have to constantly be questioning who they can trust.  Despite the threats to her life, Sophie continues to pursue truth. With Cooper by her side, Sophie pushes forward despite many attempts to thwart her progress. And as Cooper works to keep Sophie safe, both realize there is something greater pulling these two together.  I love the focus of a female solving the puzzle, and being the driving force behind the story. Dylan writes an engaging narrative that had me reading until I finished because I couldn't put the book down! Dylan adds a unique voice to the landscape of authors writing in the Christian romance and suspense genre. Rather than focusing on a criminal justice agency, Dylan invites us into the legal side of criminal justice and shows the reader how things work from a perspective not previously covered by other authors. I've thoroughly enjoyed learning some of how the legal side of the criminal justice system works. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
Bringingupbooks 10 months ago
Loved this fast paced legal thriller! It grabbed me from the first page! Definitely recommend to fans of legal thrillers or suspense!
shopper07 10 months ago
I decided to review the book Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan recently. I do not typically read Mystery/Detective type novels but I decided to try this one. This book is the second in the Atlanta Justice series. I did not read the first book and you do not need to as this book stands alone. Sophie Dawson is the heroine of the story and the main character. She is an attorney who is involved in prosecuting a case involving a high profile financial institution. She also just happens to be the only witness to a crime involving the mob. I found the above situation to be a bit unbelievable especially considering the fact that she is also described as being very beautiful and has so much money from her family that she doesn't need to work. Putting all that aside, the book moves along well and is a good summer read. Rachel Dylan weaves a very suspenseful story with elements of faith interwoven in. She develops her characters fairly well and leaves you guessing as to the outcome of the story until the end. I will probably go and find her first book from this series. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a quick mystery fix! I think I may even read more books from the genre in the future. I received this book from Bethany House for my honest review.
KMarkovich 11 months ago
Action packed suspense with romance too! What an unusual turn of events when a prosecutor working on one white collar case is the lone witness to a double murder by a gang member. The stakes are high for both cases – and Sophie must keep her wits about her to bring justice for both cases. I never knew who was good and who was bad as I read this novel! I so enjoyed reading this novel! It’s the second in the Atlanta Justice series but, except for a couple of characters reappearing – they are friends – this stands alone. I loved how the characters go to church and talk about the importance of their faith and even wrestle with faith “I’m trying to have faith that God has it all under control, but right now it’s hard.” This is a great book and I recommend it! I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
amybooksy 11 months ago
Lone Witness is book two from Rachel Rylan's series, Atlanta Justice. I liked the first book of the series, Deadly Proof, but enjoyed this one so much more. I was captivated with Sophie from the start, especially when she was introduced to Cooper. He would do anything to protect her. Their story was full of mystery, suspense, action and adventure. I give Lone Witness 4 1/2 stars and I am looking forward to the third release from the Atlanta Justice series. I recommend this suspenseful read. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
JustCommonly 11 months ago
Rachel Dylan did a great job following a solid start to the Atlanta Justice series in Lone Witness. Sophie is strong and independent. Cooper is suave and solid. Two from very different backgrounds and upbringing, but both with a strong value system. I love their connection from the start, but to me the highlight is the various twists and turns between the different cases, and the danger they're facing. With perfect pacing and great characters (still love the girlfriend camaraderie between our group of legal best friends), Lone Witness is not a lone piece at all. There's a strong message of trust between our characters that flesh out piece by piece until the end. The activities throughout enticed readers to kept their eyes glue to the pages with action, danger, and intrigue when it came to the witness prep, running from the target on both Sophie and Cooper's backs and behind the scenes of the legal system. There's an interesting subterfuge between the players in the cases that had a feel of TV drama. Filled with cunning and witty dialogue, Lone Witness was a fun read. Don't miss it! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
LizR1990 11 months ago
Lone Witness is the second story in Rachel Dylan's Atlanta Justice series and was just as exciting and action packed as its predecessor. Sophie Dawson witnesses a double homicide tied to one of Atlanta's largest gangs and finds her life is in danger as she pursues justice. Rachel Dylan's writing drew me in from the start and I never saw the final twist coming! I would recommend Dylan's books for fans of legal thrillers.
Nanna51 11 months ago
This was the first book that I have read by Rachel Dylan and it was a very good book with realistic characters and scenes from current events. I liked getting to know the prosecutor Sophie through the pages of the book. She was determined to continue to work on her case in spite of having her life threatened by a local gang boss. The secondary plot of a threat from a totally different direction was an unexpected surprise. The details about the possible corruption at a financial institution that Sophie was investigating and getting ready to prosecute was rather ho-hum, but when I got to the end, I saw the need for it. Readers who enjoy a clean read with a little romance and some suspense will like this book. I enjoy more suspense, but I was satisfied with the conclusion so I do recommend this book. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
Nanna51 11 months ago
This was the first book that I have read by Rachel Dylan and it was a very good book with realistic characters and scenes from current events. I liked getting to know the prosecutor Sophie through the pages of the book. She was determined to continue to work on her case in spite of having her life threatened by a local gang boss. The secondary plot of a threat from a totally different direction was an unexpected surprise. The details about the possible corruption at a financial institution that Sophie was investigating and getting ready to prosecute was rather ho-hum, but when I got to the end, I saw the need for it. Readers who enjoy a clean read with a little romance and some suspense will like this book. I enjoy more suspense, but I was satisfied with the conclusion so I do recommend this book. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”
Anonymous 11 months ago
I really thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, although it took me longer to read than normal because of finals week in school... The story is kind of slow paced to give a lot of information about the cases Sophie is dealing with, the dangers she goes through, and the different people involved. The only thing I didn't like was the underdevelopment of characters and the romance. Sophie and Ashley were probably the most developed characters. However, the others weren't very developed at all. And while you could see the love Sophie had for Cooper, you never really saw the resolution fully developed at the end between them. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book a lot.
CourtneyL2 11 months ago
Plot Synopsis She’s the Only Witness to a Brutal Crime. Now She Can’t Outrun the Target on Her Back. Prosecutor Sophie Dawson has taken a new role at the Fulton County DA’s office, and her first case involves a local bank employee who may be cheating customers. She’s determined to bring justice to those who’ve lost their savings . . . but her life is turned upside down when she becomes the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang. With her life at risk, friends and family convince her that she needs protection, and private security guard Cooper Knight is hired as a bodyguard. But as threats escalate, neither Cooper nor Sophie knows whom they can trust. Unwilling to back down on either case, Sophie pursues the truth at any cost. But her bank litigation gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from taking the stand. With all sides closing in, steadfast Cooper is the only man she can lean on. But drawing close may be the distraction that costs both of their lives. My Review After reading Deadly Proof, the first book in the Atlanta Justice Series by Rachel Dylan, I could not wait to get my hands on book two: Lone Witness. Sophie Dawson is an excellent character. She’s humble and very relatable. She has her career, her friends and a dad that would go to the moon and back for her. But she is hoping to meet “the one” and isn’t willing to settle. Her security guard Cooper Knight is honest and fortchcoming about who he is. His character is very self-aware and the chemistry between them is magical. The pace is thrilling and realistic. Lone Witness was a great follow up book to Deadly Proof. You can catch me rereading both books in anticipation of book 3! * I received a complimentary copy of this book, Lone Witness, from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
NadineTimes10 11 months ago
This second novel in the Atlanta Justice series can stand on its own, though it brings back a few characters from the previous book. Like that first book, this novel's strength is in the legal side of things, how the cases unfold in and out of the courtroom. I anticipated the more explosive moments of danger, but there were other key twists I didn't see coming. While this novel is labeled as romantic suspense, I'm not sure I'd call it that. Because it includes the perspectives of several characters, two of which are involved in their own subplot, it's more of a story about various people than about a romantic couple. Also like the first book, the romance thread isn't the novel's strong point. There's a lot of clichéd phrasing, a trite feel to the development, and though the story tells us Sophie and Cooper have "intense physical chemistry," I wasn't convinced of it. The turning point/climax of their relationship comes about with a major change of mind, but we don't get to see a gradual process or a momentous event that brings about that specific change, to make it more believable. Nevertheless, Sophie's contrasting roles as lawyer and witness kept me interested, and other fans of ChristFic legal suspense should enjoy this read. ____________ Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
MzKCKitty 12 months ago
This is the second book in this series that I have been able to read and review and I really enjoy this author. Most of this type of story that I read has female police officers or FBI agents but in this series, the heroines are lawyers and the heroes are ex-military or police officers that have a private agency of their own. The stories are very detailed and there is a lot of lawyer / prosecutor type information – they are always researching their case. I thought that might make these a little dry and harder to read, but that has not been the case. I find the detail very interesting and I will pursue more of this type fiction from this author. This is the story of Sophie Dawson, an Assistant DA in Atlanta and her bodyguard, Cooper Knight, who has been retained to protect her when she suddenly becomes a witness to a murder and her role is now different than her day-to-day role in the DA’s office. There is a lot of action and nail-biting adventure but also a lot of detail and background information on the cases involved. Faith is interwoven into the story and plays a big part in the points of view of the characters. I highly recommend this book and its predecessor to anyone who wants an interesting read that’s a little out of the norm. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review.
LanguageTCH 12 months ago
Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan is book two in the amazing Atlanta Justice Series. A female prosecutor, by chance, witnesses a heinous crime, a double homicide, and identifies the killer as an infamous drug lord’s relative. This puts her in a dangerous and life-altering position. The author delivers a riveting romantic suspense plot with strong vibrant leading characters and equally developed and intriguing minor characters. Her stories convey spiritual insights and subtle lessons about moral choices that influence paths and destinies. Book one, Deadly Proof, was an excellent beginning, and Lone Witness continues to deliver an A-rated legal romantic suspense. I highly recommend Rachel Dylan’s books. I was gifted a copy of Lone Witness for an honest review.
dhiggins4 12 months ago
I have loved every one of Rachel Dylan’s books, and this one is no exception! “The Lone Witness” was wonderful! Rachel does such a great job of pulling you into the book and then making it feel as if you are her main character. I’m not sure how she does this, but she does! This book had me guessing until the very end. There are three different stories going on, and at first, I was afraid it would end up being confusing. But Rachel Dylan came through, and I was able to keep up with everything. I really had a hard time putting this one down as I wanted to see how the mysteries would be solved. I loved the slight twist at the end. I really enjoyed the main characters in this book, Sophie and Connor. They are both such likeable characters. I can’t wait to see who the third book in the series is about! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that enjoys good, clean romantic suspense books. In fact, I would recommend any of Rachel Dylan’s books! I received this book from Bethany House for my honest opinion.
Mocha-with-Linda 12 months ago
Rachel Dylan became a must-read author for me with her first novel, and she only gets better with each release. I was captivated by the first book in this series and Lone Witness is even more compelling. Each book stands alone but you don't want to miss a single page of these gripping novels! Dylan's expertise as an attorney brings eye-opening authenticity to this story, and her knack for combining carefully crafted personalities, a believable and ordinary setting, and spine-tingling suspense makes this story impossible to casually read and set aside. This tale will likely come to mind the next time I dash into a convenience story for a quick snack! Legal wranglings have always fascinated me, and the courtroom scenes heightened the tension. I am already eagerly anticipating the next Atlanta Justice novel! Get your copy of Lone Witness today! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Baker/Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely fabulous. I did not want to put this down. I loved the romance between Sophie and Cooper. This is book 2 in the Atlanta Justice series and these stories just get better. There were many twists and turns throughout the story and I loved the intrigue.. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Librarycataloger More than 1 year ago
The second book of the Atlanta Justice series finds Assistant District Attorney Sophie Dawson suddenly involved in two extremely complicated cases. In one she is the prosecutor and in the other she is a witness--the lone witness. When it becomes apparent that she is in danger her father hires security guard Cooper Knight to protect her. What follows is a thrilling story that leaves readers wondering until the very end about the person or persons who are trying to prevent Sophie from completing these two cases and which case is prompting the attempts on Sophie's life. I appreciate that author Rachel Dylan included in her storyline the hard work that lawyers put into preparing their cases for trial. Research, documentation, preparing witnesses and dealing with jury tampering are all mentioned in this thrilling story. She also created two main characters who are strong in their faith and believe in prayer. In one instance Cooper prays "Lord, give me the strength to face this challenge. Please protect Sophie and help me do my job. I don't want to let her down". In another, Sophie asks "Lord, what is your plan here? Is there a plan?" and she admits that "Lord, I am not strong enough to do this on my own. I need you." Lone Witness is filled with adventure and romance; strength and uncertainty; and several supporting characters that deserve their own story. I truly enjoyed this book and I must admit that I was very surprised at the outcome. I recommend Lone Witness to anyone who enjoys Christian romance filled with mystery and suspense. I received this book from the author and Bethany House but a positive review was not required. These are my honest opinions.