Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Sophie recently earned a promotion at the district attorney’s office, and she has a fraud case on her hands involving a local bank employee. Then one terrifying night, Sophie is on the scene of a brutal double homicide. Since she’s now at risk as both a prosecutor and an eyewitness, her father hires a private security guard, Cooper, to keep her safe in Lone Witness by author Rachel Dylan.
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.
Here’s my review of Book Three in the Atlanta Justice series, Breach of Trust.