Friday, November 27, 2015

Corrputed by Lisa Scottoline

Published October 27, 2015 by St. Martin’s Press

I received this book from St. Martin's Press in exchange for a honest review. 

Bennie Rosato the founder of the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm hides her big heart beneath her tough-as-nails exterior and she doesn't like to fail. Now, a case from her past shows her how differently things might have turned out. Thirteen years ago, Bennie Rosato took on Jason Leftavick, a twelve-year-old boy who was sent to a juvenile detention center after fighting a class bully. Bennie couldn't free Jason, and to this day it's the case that haunts her. Jason has grown up in and out of juvenile prison, and his adulthood hasn't been any easier. Bennie no longer represents those accused of murder, but when Jason is indicted for killing the same bully he fought with as a kid, she sees no choice but to represent him. She doesn't know whether or not to believe his claims of innocence, but she knows she owes him for past failures--of the law, of the juvenile justice system, and of herself. Forced to relive the darkest period of her life, Bennie will do everything in her power to get the truth, and justice.

My Thoughts…

I love a book that has a history to it.    This book starts in the present, then moves to the past, and then ends back in the present.   It always amazes me how authors manage to tie them all together.   Lisa Scottoline did this perfectly in Corrupted.   While the characters in all the parts of this book are the same, their feelings, their lives, and their worlds are not the same.    In the first present Bennie is forced to remember the history and the pain that was caused.    Then we go back to the past to learn what exactly had happen.    Ending the story in the present lets the reader get closure by finding out what happens with these characters and if they end up being okay.    While this is a series, by letting the reader know what happens the book is a stand-a-lone.  

I have read the first two books in the Rosato series and loved Bennie.    She is a strong woman living in a man’s world.    If I needed a lawyer I would certainly look for someone like her.   She goes to the wall for every client and doesn’t take no for an answer.     I loved how she defended Jason twice; once as a child and then again as an adult.    She does what she knows is best for Jason in both cases and takes the cases to heart.   

Whether this is your first or your 100th Lisa Scottoline book you cannot go wrong picking up Corrupted.      It is an easy read with great characters.   

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