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Sabre (really...Sabre...nicknamed Sobs) is a family court attorney who specializes in representing minor children in court proceedings. Sabre is appointed to represent Alexis, a precocious (aren't they always precocious??) 10-year old girl, and her 4-year old and newborn half-brothers. Alexis's mother disappeared 5 years ago under mysterious circumstances - which no one seems to have really investigated. Alexis's step mother is a drug addict. Alexis's father is a too-perfect Southern gentleman who is (obviously) hiding something.
Sabre is being stalked by someone...who might be her brother or might be someone evil from her past or might be someone evil from her present. They do nasty things like loosen the light bulb on her back door and take a photo from her office. Oh, and they slide a bat (mammal not wooden) through her mail slot. And the bat attacks her...totally out of character for bats.
Sabre is kidnapped, falls down a mountain while trying to escape, gets two concussions, is the only one who can comfort a psychotic ex-girlfriend of her brother, solves a 5-year old kidnapping, solves the disappearance and murder of Alexis's OTHER half-sister, brings down a crime syndicate in three cities, is shot and wounded in a police stand-off, has her condo burn down, gets WITSEC to break witness protection for a family meeting...shall I go on?
Oh...and Sabre has missing a brother who walked out of her life 5 years ago. No trace of him...so she looks for him around every corner, smells his cologne everywhere, and faints when she spots someone who looks like him. His doppelganger plays a crucial plot point in the book.
I get exhausted even thinking about this character.
The writing was a little uneven. The dialogue was often stilted. The frequent change in point of view set my head spinning.
The plot was a little implausible at some points. WAY too many coincidences and revelations. Every time a crucial piece of information was needed - BAM - it surfaced in some weird, awkward way.
The other reviewers are right - the whole lawyer/court thing was more background noise than actually contributing to the plot. The only purpose it really seemed to serve was throwing Sabre together with Alexis (the 10-year old in danger).
There are better legal thrillers out there. There are better mystery/suspense authors.
Kudos to the author for finishing and publishing. Keep working on your plots and publish again.
Books published by commercial publishing houses go through lengthy writing and re-writing to refine the sentence structure, correct grammatical mistakes, and improve the plot line. It seems that more and more digital books are severely lacking this process.
Burrell introduces her readers to support characters both good and bad, providing details of each characters history and the roles they play as the story progresses. The author adds the story's direction with a subplot dealing with Sabre’s five-year-old search for her missing brother. She is continually upgrading Sabre's background showing growth and increasing the plot’s momentum.
Readers sit on Sabre's shoulder and through her eyes see and feel her commitment to protecting the children she represents. Burrell skillfully shows Sabre dealing with family issues, personal issues, and romance, always keeping the clients needs a high priority. The author creates an atmosphere that builds intensity in THE ADVOCATE storyline. She keeps her readers on edge delivering an exciting ending hooking readers to want another Sabre Brown story.
Too much of the plot involves implausibilities (characters who are inexplicably virtually identical, people stalking people on the flimsiest of pretexts, etc) and there is an inexcusable amount of repetition (seriously, if I had to read about Sabre's red notebook one more time, I was going to scream). The mystery was engaging, but the resolution was so far-fetched I ended the book with a major feeling of dissatisfaction. This being the author's first book, the series may get better.