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*** SPOILER WARNING ***
Here is a summary list of the major flaws I found as I read it.
1) Supposedly smart but really Dumb heroine. I can't believe how dense Sabre was in failing to realize she was being stalked.
2) Relationship between lawyer and child completely unrealistic. Nearly a motherly relationship of deep trust.
3) It's impossible for me to believe a 10 year old child could behave as Alexis does. Sometimes wiser than many adults.
4) Author pulls out an absurdly rosy ending.
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.
Some of the parents of her charges are not happy with the final outcomes and that can pose dangers for the children as well as Sabre.
This story conveys the burden and blessings of working with these difficult family situations.
The action, the plot, the characters are all believable and makes for a fast moving read of this full length novel.
Rating: PG- 13 due to the nature of the story that may frighten younger children or make them uneasy about things that go.bump.in the night.