Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)
Riveting New Series Offers Legal Suspense with a Romantic TwistIn the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.

Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1) Details

TitleDeadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)
Author
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219801
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Contemporary, Christian, Thriller

Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1) Review

  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    January 1, 1970
    This first book in the new Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan is superb. There isn’t a lot of Christian Legal Fiction out there so I was thrilled when Bethany House picked up this author as I’d already grown to love her independent books and Love Inspired Suspense books.One of the biggest reasons I was excited about this series was the fact that it is a series of three books with female lawyer main characters. So many of our books are centered on the hero in the books so it is nice to have a This first book in the new Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan is superb. There isn’t a lot of Christian Legal Fiction out there so I was thrilled when Bethany House picked up this author as I’d already grown to love her independent books and Love Inspired Suspense books.One of the biggest reasons I was excited about this series was the fact that it is a series of three books with female lawyer main characters. So many of our books are centered on the hero in the books so it is nice to have a strong female lead.Kate is strong and determined and independent and works all the time. But throughout the book we also get to see her personal life where she has two wonderful friends who do their best to keep her from being a work-a-holic. Landon is a former military private investigator who can’t help but go beyond the job to protect Kate. I really liked Kate’s strong work ethic. I also really liked how she wasn’t a lawyer for the money but because she really cares about people. Both characters had their fair share of personal faults. I really liked that Kate’s were down to earth realistic hardships that many people including myself have dealt with. And while I don’t know a lot about the trials that face military personnel after their deployments I can only imagine that Landon’s struggles were well portrayed as well. One of the things I love about Bethany House books is that there is always a strong sense of faith. Throughout the book Kate was a shining example of faith and was constantly praying. I love how her influence showed through in almost every chapter of the book. I also loved that she wasn’t afraid to be a witness to friends and co-workers.This book is a strong legal fiction. There is a lot of legal jargon throughout but what I loved most about this book and its legal jargon was how well Dylan explained all of the legalese. I also loved the strong credibility that Dylan’s career as a lawyer lends to this book. It makes it so realistic. I also loved the action in this book. I definitely never got bored because there was constantly another adventure on each page. And Dylan is a master of surprises. She definitely threw me for a loop toward the end! I love that I can never figure out her endings.You don’t want to miss this new legal suspense from Rachel Dylan. She does for Christian legal fiction what Janice Cantore does for Christian police fiction and Candace Calvert does for Christian medical fiction.I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. This review is my honest opinion.
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  • Cheryl Baranski
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Proof is book one in the Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan. Do you love to read suspense, romance, and legal fiction then this is the book for you? This a nail biting, edge of your seat kind of book. When you least expect it something else happens to leave you wondering what will happen next. Your anticipation will not be satisfied until you have devoured this book page by page. I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion. 5 stars!
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    "Litigation is always ugly. That was the truth of the matter."Kate Sullivan, plaintiff's attorney, is pursing a case against Big Pharma -- Mason Pharmaceutical Corporation -- on behalf of clients harmed by a drug for migraines named Celix. Her opposing counsel, a former fellow law student and good friend, Ethan Black, is firmly convinced that she is tilting windmills. When people begin dying, the stakes rise higher and Kate herself is in danger. She finds the smoking gun and suddenly it's life a "Litigation is always ugly. That was the truth of the matter."Kate Sullivan, plaintiff's attorney, is pursing a case against Big Pharma -- Mason Pharmaceutical Corporation -- on behalf of clients harmed by a drug for migraines named Celix. Her opposing counsel, a former fellow law student and good friend, Ethan Black, is firmly convinced that she is tilting windmills. When people begin dying, the stakes rise higher and Kate herself is in danger. She finds the smoking gun and suddenly it's life and death. Who is friend and who is foe?OK. While the legal maneuvers were quite interesting to me, the rest of the book was not. Kate is portarayed as almost saint-like and the manufactured ridiculous instantaneous romance was way over the top. The incessant religious meandering was also annoying (OK I confess -- I didn't know this was in the "Christian" genre when I requested it and would not have had I known. I just skipped those parts and it was a huge chunk of the book. It's not that I'm not religious, it's just that I don't find this to be integral to the narrative and it could have easily been left out to create a tighter story.)If this is to be a series, I'd suggest leaving a lot of that OUT.I'm currently really into legal thrillers and suspense from a personal perspective and I liked hearing the trial prep details and the references to filing the case and the motions. In learning mode, I quickly got the impression that the author knew her stuff about that aspect and did find that interesting. The plot is entirely predictable and the characters are paper thin, but I got what I wanted from it overall.Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House for the e-book ARC to read and review. I thought this was intriguing, but it is not a book that rivals some of the more accomplished authors. As realistic as the legal side was, the romance, etc. was completely off-putting. As far as authenticity of law drama, I'm not entirely sure as the main character here was on the side of "right" and it was obvious.
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  • Trixi
    January 1, 1970
    Fast-paced drama keeps the reader glued to the pages, as well as quickly escalating high-stakes legal implications and hard-hitting realistic fiction! The closer the case gets to trial, the more danger lead counsel Kate Sullivan faces. Can she bring a satisfying resolution to court before it’s too late?I’ve never read a legal thriller/suspense before because the subject never interested me until I had opportunity to read Deadly Proof. I thought; why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because i Fast-paced drama keeps the reader glued to the pages, as well as quickly escalating high-stakes legal implications and hard-hitting realistic fiction! The closer the case gets to trial, the more danger lead counsel Kate Sullivan faces. Can she bring a satisfying resolution to court before it’s too late?I’ve never read a legal thriller/suspense before because the subject never interested me until I had opportunity to read Deadly Proof. I thought; why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did because it’s one I couldn’t put down even if I wanted to! The story keep escalating, keeping me up way too late and bleary eyed the next day. I didn’t regret a moment, though! I loved Kate’s character & connected immediately with her. She’s tenacious & thorough, hard-hitting when she needs to be but soft when situation calls for it, and has a gentle faith and moral compass that guides her decisions. Landon is the perfect hero for her; strong, protective & trying to overcome mistakes in his past. These two hit it off from the start & have a great working partnership. The whole story from the characters to the drama played out in front of you is a superbly engaging read from start to finish. I highly recommend Deadly Proof!* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review and all opinions expressed her are my own. *
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Right from the start, Deadly Proof sets itself up as a very fast-paced book. Events progress quickly, making it easy to be drawn into the story, while the tension increases throughout, culminating in a thrilling end. Deadly Proof is an exciting legal thriller, with threads of friendship, romance, and faith. Kate Sullivan has just been handed the biggest legal case of her career - fighting for justice against a big pharmaceutical company responsible for the deaths of many people. But when a possi Right from the start, Deadly Proof sets itself up as a very fast-paced book. Events progress quickly, making it easy to be drawn into the story, while the tension increases throughout, culminating in a thrilling end. Deadly Proof is an exciting legal thriller, with threads of friendship, romance, and faith. Kate Sullivan has just been handed the biggest legal case of her career - fighting for justice against a big pharmaceutical company responsible for the deaths of many people. But when a possible whistleblower ends up dead and Kate herself finds herself being followed and attacked, she will need the help of Private Investigator, ex-Army Ranger, Landon James to pull the pieces of this case together.Deadly Proof centres around a big legal case and the legal footwork necessary to uncover and obtain justice. This book never shies away from the reality of the legal work involved. While there is a lot of legal jargon and discussions, explanations are deftly woven into the story as the lawyers explain themselves to other characters who have a lesser knowledge of the legal proceedings and therefore help out the readers who are equally unfamiliar with these procedures, while keeping the story moving. Deadly Proof is a fast-paced legal thriller, with plenty of action and tension, as well as romance. The writing style is sharp and effective in this genre, with quick dialog and not a lot of focus on details outside of the immediate action.Deadly Proof is written from four different points of view. Kate and Landon are the two main characters and have the majority of the chapter time, but sections from the perspectives of Ethan, the lead defence lawyer and one of his associates, Nicole are also included. This allows the reader to experience both sides of the case and build a better understanding of the investigation.While the ending gives a tidy solution to the story, I thought everything was resolved a little too quickly and easily. I would have like to see it further developed, but it does stay consistent to the fast-paced nature of the rest of the book. Deadly Proof is the first book in what is set to be an exciting legal-thriller series. There are plenty of characters from this book who would make excellent protagonists in their own story and I am eager to discover what and who the next book in the series will be about. Deadly Proof is recommended for readers who enjoy suspense books with a rapidly unfolding plot, strong characters, and romance, or for fans of DiAnn Mills or Janice Cantore.The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Proof ( Atlanta Justice #1 )By: Rachel DylanDeadly Proof is book one in Atlanta Justice series. Rachel Dylan has another winner. She did not disappoint. I caught myself trying to read faster to see what was going to happen next. Deadly Proof is one of those legal thrillers that when you start you do not want to put it down . Dylan had me on the edge of my seat all through the book. She kept me guessing till the end. The story and the characters both were well developed. Kate Sullivan is a Deadly Proof ( Atlanta Justice #1 )By: Rachel DylanDeadly Proof is book one in Atlanta Justice series. Rachel Dylan has another winner. She did not disappoint. I caught myself trying to read faster to see what was going to happen next. Deadly Proof is one of those legal thrillers that when you start you do not want to put it down . Dylan had me on the edge of my seat all through the book. She kept me guessing till the end. The story and the characters both were well developed. Kate Sullivan is an attorney and she has been chose for lead council to take on Mason Pharmaceutical, a certain drug is highly dangerous. The life of a sixteen year old girl was taken . Kate wants to help the family and others too come. Action is around every corner , no where is safe. Landon is trying to keep Kate safe, but it is hard. People are being killed and disappearing. Can Kate and her team get the information they need to prove their case? I really liked Landon, he is my kind of hero. Trying to keep Kate safe is a big order, can he do it? I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the Publishing company and NetGalley, but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
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  • Dana Michael
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!! My Heart is still pumping rapidly from this action packed legal thriller. I have read every book by this author and this is her best book to date in my opinion. Packed with non stop action and suspense I couldn't put the book down. The heroine was a strong character but had the sweetest heart. I loved that about her. The hero was a handsome former army ranger. He was hired as a private investigator to help in the case against a huge pharmaceutical company. Their romance grew at a believabl Wow!! My Heart is still pumping rapidly from this action packed legal thriller. I have read every book by this author and this is her best book to date in my opinion. Packed with non stop action and suspense I couldn't put the book down. The heroine was a strong character but had the sweetest heart. I loved that about her. The hero was a handsome former army ranger. He was hired as a private investigator to help in the case against a huge pharmaceutical company. Their romance grew at a believable rate and I felt oh so swoony when he was protecting her. His instinct from the beginning was of protection for her. There were also some twists I didnt see coming. I could go on and on. I loved the book and can't wait for more in this series. *I was given a copy of this book by the author but was under no obligation to leave a review.
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  • Pam Graber
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for a fast-paced, legal thriller to add to your TBR list, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan should be right at the top of your stack! This book is packed with legal intrigue, swirling emotions and strong faith. In the midst of the biggest trial of her career, danger stalks attorney Kate Sullivan. As the attacks against her escalate from tire slashing to physical threats, can she keep her cool long enough to get justice for her clients in a clash against Big Pharma? Mason Pharmaceuti If you’re looking for a fast-paced, legal thriller to add to your TBR list, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan should be right at the top of your stack! This book is packed with legal intrigue, swirling emotions and strong faith. In the midst of the biggest trial of her career, danger stalks attorney Kate Sullivan. As the attacks against her escalate from tire slashing to physical threats, can she keep her cool long enough to get justice for her clients in a clash against Big Pharma? Mason Pharmaceuticals’ newest drug has ruined too many lives to let them continue unchecked but can Kate find proof of corporate wrong-doing as the company stone-walls her investigation? When a corporate whistle-blower is found murdered, Kate’s world begins to spiral out of her control. No one involved is willing to talk. How can she find the truth?Landon James, former Army Ranger, is now working private investigation. When Kate brings him on to help with her case, he immediately sees that she needs more than an investigator. She needs protection, too. As he steps into the role of security consultant and works to uncover something Kate can use as she prepares for her hearing, he sees Kate’s integrity and strong sense of ethics and is attracted to her strong faith. Her beauty doesn’t hurt, either. Haunted by a mistake he made in the midst of war, Landon feels unworthy of anyone’s love and most especially God’s love. Can he begin to see God as Kate sees Him – ever present, ever caring – and take the small steps toward God that his heart needs in order to heal? Can he keep Kate safe when it appears that someone out there is willing to harm her in order to win the case?Wow! I was so impressed as I read this book with Ms. Dylan’s knowledge of the legal system. I learned more about corporate law than I ever realized was there, from both the plaintiff side of the aisle and the defendant side. The strategies were intricate, some stealthy but always intriguing. The book sent me on a roller-coaster of emotions. I read a LOT of suspense and I felt that this one ranks right up there with some of the best I’ve read. The “twist” at the end completely surprised me (and that’s ALL I’m going to say about it!) I’m looking forward with great anticipation to Book 2! I wonder if Ms. Dylan will be telling Mia’s story, Sophie’s story, Cooper’s story, Noah’s story or even Ethan’s story? OR, maybe she’s bringing in someone altogether new! Can’t wait to see!
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  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoy a hint of suspense, but when I realized that this book was set at a law firm and the storyline was primarily legal, I wasn't so sure I would enjoy it. I am happy to say that I was dead wrong (as my rating hints). I thoroughly enjoyed this read! It was very educational without making me feel like I was reading something completely out of my element. I actually enjoyed everything with the court cases and found the information very creatively woven throughout the entire story.Kate was a cha I enjoy a hint of suspense, but when I realized that this book was set at a law firm and the storyline was primarily legal, I wasn't so sure I would enjoy it. I am happy to say that I was dead wrong (as my rating hints). I thoroughly enjoyed this read! It was very educational without making me feel like I was reading something completely out of my element. I actually enjoyed everything with the court cases and found the information very creatively woven throughout the entire story.Kate was a character to just fall in love with. She was sincere, honest, and above reproach. She was a Christian who lived what she believed and wasn't ashamed of her faith and prayer life. Her character made this book sing "Christian"--something that the publishing world is seriously lacking.I was curious how things would end up with Landon. He had a dark past and it was glorified, but neither was it too open. Ms. Dylan dealt with his past in a very discreet fashion. Also, the theme with, "I've lost interest in God, He deserted me" kind of had me wrinkling my nose. It seems to be a common theme in today's fiction, but I really appreciated how it was handled in this book.So, just discussing these two characters, I don't even have to make it a point to discuss the spiritual aspect of this book. Very well done.The romance, also, wasn't too overbearing. Because so much of the book was wrapped around the case, there was just hints of romance sprinkled throughout the book. The one "main kiss" mentioned was about half a page, but other than that, it was over-the-top with emotions and feelings. In conclusion, I finished this book with a "wow." It was engaging, thrilling, clean, and totally satisfying. *I received this book from Bethany House and happily provided my honest review*
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this legal thriller! The author made me feel as if I was in a law firm, trying to build a strategy, wade through documents, and work out how to win a case. It felt very realistic. Along with the legal drama, I thought that the suspense and danger were layered into the story nicely.Overall, I was impressed with the reality of how a law firm works. I could also feel the enormity of power that a huge corporation can wield, especially with the right connections and legal backing I thoroughly enjoyed this legal thriller! The author made me feel as if I was in a law firm, trying to build a strategy, wade through documents, and work out how to win a case. It felt very realistic. Along with the legal drama, I thought that the suspense and danger were layered into the story nicely.Overall, I was impressed with the reality of how a law firm works. I could also feel the enormity of power that a huge corporation can wield, especially with the right connections and legal backing. There was a light thread of romance, along with a clear spiritual message. I would definitely recommend this book to those who like reading legal thrillers.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    This book got off to a bit of a slow start for me. Not sure why, but it took me a few days of light reading...then I was hooked!Once the hook was in, the book went with us while running all errands...even if I might only get a page or two read. That night, I just couldn't put it down, the hook kept me up till 1:30 AM ( no I didn't fight that hook hard, no point! ). Both sides of the case are shown here, which isn't common in this genre. Not sure if I always want to know both sides, but it was a This book got off to a bit of a slow start for me. Not sure why, but it took me a few days of light reading...then I was hooked!Once the hook was in, the book went with us while running all errands...even if I might only get a page or two read. That night, I just couldn't put it down, the hook kept me up till 1:30 AM ( no I didn't fight that hook hard, no point! ). Both sides of the case are shown here, which isn't common in this genre. Not sure if I always want to know both sides, but it was a refreshing change from the legal thrillers I've read. I liked Kate, and as the tension builds, I just had to find out who really was behind the need for protection. So much about this book was realistic...other parts not so much. It would require spoilers to explain so not gonna say, besides you might not find that to be true. I truly enjoyed this read, can't wait for the next from this author, and it definitely earned a spot on my forever shelves!! This is one of my favorite genres, and this book was well done. I also learned somethings that had never been mentioned in other legal fiction reads. I love learning!So...go out and buy this read! Definitely worth your time and money. I have someone in mind who will love this as a gift! :) I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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  • Sandy Bartles
    January 1, 1970
    This book is such a wonderful fast-paced legal thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen next. Kate Sullivan is a partner in the plaintiff's firm of Warren McGee, and has been working on a case involving a pharmaceutical company (MPC) that manufactured a migraine pill that causes brain tumors in patients. MPC will go to any lengths to come out on top of this case, up to and including murder. I enjoyed this book so much I was actually reading parts of it This book is such a wonderful fast-paced legal thriller. It kept me on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what was going to happen next. Kate Sullivan is a partner in the plaintiff's firm of Warren McGee, and has been working on a case involving a pharmaceutical company (MPC) that manufactured a migraine pill that causes brain tumors in patients. MPC will go to any lengths to come out on top of this case, up to and including murder. I enjoyed this book so much I was actually reading parts of it to my husband, who also got involved in it. I can't remember the last time I read such an exciting thriller. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley.
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Get ready for a high octane, exciting roller coaster type journey into a tangled web of clues, mystery, murder, deceit, intrigue, secrets, kidnapping and much more suspense!!!The story combines romantic suspense and a wellwritten legal thriller into one that the reader willwant to read in one sitting.Kate Sullivan, a trial lawyer has just been chosen as the lead council in a huge case against MasonPharmaceutical Company regarding their releaseof dangerous, life threatening drugs. With informatio Get ready for a high octane, exciting roller coaster type journey into a tangled web of clues, mystery, murder, deceit, intrigue, secrets, kidnapping and much more suspense!!!The story combines romantic suspense and a wellwritten legal thriller into one that the reader willwant to read in one sitting.Kate Sullivan, a trial lawyer has just been chosen as the lead council in a huge case against MasonPharmaceutical Company regarding their releaseof dangerous, life threatening drugs. With information from a whistleblower, she is determined to provetheir liability. But at what cost????? Landon James is a former Army Ranger who hasturned private investigator. He is recommended toKate to help her investigate the whistleblowersclaims. But as danger lurks closer and closer toKate his job changes to protecting her.These two main characters are two bold, problem solving but flawed persons with hauntings from theirpast. They are well developed characters sharing undeniable chemistry. They find themselves involved in an unpredictable plot.The story was plotted out flawlessly. There were subplots within the main plot and lots of twists and turns.A real page turner!!!I volunteered to read Deadly Proof. Thanks to the author and publisher for the opportunity via Net Gallery.My opinion is my own.
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  • Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
    January 1, 1970
    This is the third book I've read by Rachel Dylan and I thoroughly enjoy the suspenseful, edge of your seat ride that she creates. This is the first book in her Atlanta Justice series and it is not one to be missed. Her characters are real and engaging. The book is based on a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company which is relevant to our society today. Using her legal skills Ms. Dylan has you nearly figure out what is going on and then schools you on the truth of bait and switch. I didn't read This is the third book I've read by Rachel Dylan and I thoroughly enjoy the suspenseful, edge of your seat ride that she creates. This is the first book in her Atlanta Justice series and it is not one to be missed. Her characters are real and engaging. The book is based on a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company which is relevant to our society today. Using her legal skills Ms. Dylan has you nearly figure out what is going on and then schools you on the truth of bait and switch. I didn't read this in one sitting but easily could have. You won't want to miss this legal thrill ride! Highly recommended!!
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI enjoy a good legal thriller. When most people think of legal thrillers, they usually think of John Grisham. In the Christian genre, there have been Robert Whitlow, James Scott Bell, and Cara Putnam, but now they're is a new author to add to this list. Rachel Dylan. Dylan has written a number of romantic suspense for Love Inspired Supense, but this is her first full-length novel with Bethany House Publishers. With a legal thriller, I expect to be drawn into the legal world with a hint 3.5 starsI enjoy a good legal thriller. When most people think of legal thrillers, they usually think of John Grisham. In the Christian genre, there have been Robert Whitlow, James Scott Bell, and Cara Putnam, but now they're is a new author to add to this list. Rachel Dylan. Dylan has written a number of romantic suspense for Love Inspired Supense, but this is her first full-length novel with Bethany House Publishers. With a legal thriller, I expect to be drawn into the legal world with a hint of mystery on the edges of the novel.The writing was clear and concise. I had no problem imagining the scene and following the numerous characters throughout the novel. Dylan has a good grasp on point of view and took a good tour of the story. I never was confused with who the speaker was. Even though, there was four main characters who had the opportunity to tell their stories.As for the characters, there were four main characters. Kate, Ethan, Nicole, and Landon all shared the point of view for the story. Kate was the main lawyer who Dylan wanted you to follow since she started the book in her point of view. Kate is a vibrant lawyer who stands up for what she believes and has worked hard for her climbing position in her law firm. Ethan is a fellow lawyer friend, who stands by what he believes, but as the story progresses, he stands to question what he stands for. I believe Landon is the love interest, and Nicole is a fellow lawyer at Ethan's office.As a plot, Dylan does a great job at showing the inner workings of a lawyer's daily job. I learned more about what they do on a daily basis and was wrapped up in the lawyer's world. The story rings authentic and doesn't make me doubt anything she wrote about lawyer. For the mystery, it didn't really ring true to me. While the story was trudging along, Dylan would slip in an incident for Kate to be in that would allow her life to be threaten, and for Kate to call Landon and bring him into the story. I really didn't think the mystery was realistic enough.The romance appeared way too rush for me too. Once Landon and Kate meet, they are starting to fall in love with each other. Kate would get in trouble and Landon would come rescue her. Their emotions happened way too fast. I wanted to see their relationship slowly develop, not happen at their first encounter. As sad as this is, the spiritual element seemed a little too over the top. It felt like preachy to me.Overall, Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan is a fresh new voice in the legal romantic suspense genre. While the legal plot held my attention, I really didn't enjoy the suspense or the romance. They seemed too one-dimensional for the story.I received a complimentary copy of Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan from Bethany House Publishers, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Sullivan had no idea what she was getting herself into when she took on the Mason Pharmaceutical (MPC) litigation! Sure, she knew it was big; thousands of cases had been filed on behalf of victims who had died or been injured taking their migraine drug, and as lead counsel, she was determined to get the justice they deserved. But was she really prepared for just how far someone would go to make sure the truth never came to light?The key to unlocking this case for Kate is in the discovery ph Kate Sullivan had no idea what she was getting herself into when she took on the Mason Pharmaceutical (MPC) litigation! Sure, she knew it was big; thousands of cases had been filed on behalf of victims who had died or been injured taking their migraine drug, and as lead counsel, she was determined to get the justice they deserved. But was she really prepared for just how far someone would go to make sure the truth never came to light?The key to unlocking this case for Kate is in the discovery phase, so there’s not a lot of court action in this novel. If she can find proof in the documents produced by MPC that they were aware of potentially harmful side effects, it will blow the case right open, and so that’s what she’s focused on. But that’s exactly what Ethan Black, Kate’s long-time friend and opposing counsel on behalf of MPC, doesn’t want to see happen, and he’s under a lot of pressure from the CEO of MPC to make sure any ‘hot’ documents, as they’re referred to, don’t end up in Kate’s hands.I really enjoyed the legal side of this story, and in this respect, it’s obvious Rachel Dylan knows her stuff. Explanations of the legal process were worked naturally into the story where necessary, which meant that the reader was able to follow what was going on without getting bamboozled by legalese. We also got to experience the legal process as it played out from both sides of the case—Kate’s determination to get justice on behalf of her clients, and Ethan’s increasing struggle against the ethical dilemmas he faces, which was great for the tension.The disappointment for me was that I didn’t really connect with these characters as well as I wanted to. I felt as though the distinction between Kate, the uber-ethical lawyer focused on achieving justice, and Ethan, the ambitious lawyer looking for wealth and prestige, was overemphasised to the point where they became one dimensional, and Landon wasn't really developed beyond your 'standard' ex-military character. I would have liked to have felt more of an emotional connection between Kate and Landon, too.Nevertheless, those who enjoy a solid legal suspense with a hint of romance will find this a satisfying read.I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Susan Snodgrass
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Sullivan is lead counsel on a cover-up lawsuit against a huge pharmaceutical company. Kate is not in it just for the money or a move up the corporate ladder. Kate is truly concerned with obtaining justice for her clients. Suddenly a whistleblower is killed, mysteriously and the danger ramps up. Kate hires former Army Ranger turned PI, Landon James to help with the case. Soon Landon is working security for Kate after she is threatened more than once. It very quickly becomes apparent that som Kate Sullivan is lead counsel on a cover-up lawsuit against a huge pharmaceutical company. Kate is not in it just for the money or a move up the corporate ladder. Kate is truly concerned with obtaining justice for her clients. Suddenly a whistleblower is killed, mysteriously and the danger ramps up. Kate hires former Army Ranger turned PI, Landon James to help with the case. Soon Landon is working security for Kate after she is threatened more than once. It very quickly becomes apparent that someone is willing to commit murder to keep this case from going to trial.Rachel Dylan has crafted an impressive legal thriller in Deadly Proof. While I wished it had moved a bit faster, I was impressed with her writing. Much in the vein of Robert Whitlow, she has given readers a very believable novel.*I received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher. My review is my own honest opinion.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Kate is faced with a series of law suit against one company and she wants to do what's right for her clients at all cost. She hires a private investigator to help her find some answers to questions that were left open when something happens to what she hoped would have been a key witness. Landon wants nothing more then to help Kate find answers, but the biggest thing is can he keep her safe and face his demons of the past?Where do I even begin to start with this amazing book. This story had you Kate is faced with a series of law suit against one company and she wants to do what's right for her clients at all cost. She hires a private investigator to help her find some answers to questions that were left open when something happens to what she hoped would have been a key witness. Landon wants nothing more then to help Kate find answers, but the biggest thing is can he keep her safe and face his demons of the past?Where do I even begin to start with this amazing book. This story had you on the edge of your seat with suspense and moments of holding your breath. Rachel has a way of drawing you into the book and making you feel like you are right there in the middle of the action. I had a love/hate relationship with a few of the characters but other then the two primary characters Nicole had to be one of my favorites. I can't wait to read more of what I hope is all of there characters. I feel like I just gained some new friends with this book. If you like authors like Dani Pettrey, Terri Blackstock or Dee Henderson with a whole interesting twist with legal aspect then seriously grab any of Rachel's book you can't go wrong.
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  • Suzie
    January 1, 1970
    I’m thrilled some legal suspense books have popped up in the Christian market this year. Admittedly, they’ve probably been around for a while and I’m just finding them so maybe I should say I’m thrilled to read some of the new legal suspense books this year. John Grisham books used to be a favorite of mine, and cleaner options with faith threads running through them are a needed alternative.Even though Rachel Dylan has published several books in the Love Inspired Suspense line, I wasn’t aware of I’m thrilled some legal suspense books have popped up in the Christian market this year. Admittedly, they’ve probably been around for a while and I’m just finding them so maybe I should say I’m thrilled to read some of the new legal suspense books this year. John Grisham books used to be a favorite of mine, and cleaner options with faith threads running through them are a needed alternative.Even though Rachel Dylan has published several books in the Love Inspired Suspense line, I wasn’t aware of her until her Atlanta Justice series with Bethany House showed up on my radar.Deadly Proof kicks off the series with intensity. Dylan’s legal knowledge shines through. Even those with zero introduction to the way the law works can follow along because the main character, Kate, explains the legalese throughout the book.Add in a lawsuit against a large pharmaceutical company, an ex-Army Ranger turned PI, and suspicious happenings for the perfect formula for an engaging, keep-you-guessing read.I loved that Kate is a strong and intelligent heroine with a solid ethical and spiritual spine. Both Kate and Landon deal with darkness in their lives, but Kate’s light is evident. Even though she’s a strong, confident woman, Kate needs a hero in her life.Reminiscent of Grisham’s The Rainmaker, Deadly Proof is one to pick up and enjoy for fans of law, suspense, mystery, or looking for a read to get lost in.Disclosure statement:I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Proof was my first time reading anything by Rachel Dylan and... wow!... was it good or what? When I first heard about it, I was instantly intrigued and knew I had to read it. It did not disappoint! I was hooked from the first chapter and never wanted to put it down. The action and suspense continually progressed and by the end, I could not read fast enough. At one point, I found myself literally gasping for breath. There were lots of twist, turns, and shocking surprises. It definitely kep Deadly Proof was my first time reading anything by Rachel Dylan and... wow!... was it good or what? When I first heard about it, I was instantly intrigued and knew I had to read it. It did not disappoint! I was hooked from the first chapter and never wanted to put it down. The action and suspense continually progressed and by the end, I could not read fast enough. At one point, I found myself literally gasping for breath. There were lots of twist, turns, and shocking surprises. It definitely kept me guessing.Kate's a super strong and powerful attorney who's fighting for the underdog, the innocent victims. It's not about the money for her, she genuinely wants to help people. She's very relatable and easy to like. Landon's protective and extremely thorough with his job. He's got some demons, but is actively working to become a better person. It was very interesting to get an inside look at corporate law and learn some of the ins and outs. Dylan did a great job at explaining all the legal terminology without it being clunky or sounding out of place. I really enjoyed getting to see both sides of the case. While it was mostly from Kate's side, there was also a peek at the opposing counsel. I haven't read many legal thrillers, but after absolutely loving this one, I can't wait to check more out. And I'm definitely going to check out Dylan's other books. I can't recommend this book enough and I can't wait for the next one!I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. All thoughts and comments are my own honest opinion.
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  • Renee Green
    January 1, 1970
    What an amazing book! Deadly Proof is a book you won't be able to put down til the very end, and one you'll read again and again. The author, Rachel Dylan, is also a lawyer, so she includes so many details about the legal system while incorporating mystery, danger, suspense, romance, love, faith, and forgiveness. She also has a way of making you feel as if you know the characters personally. I love that current issues such as big pharmaceutical companies, drug addiction, moral conflict and consi What an amazing book! Deadly Proof is a book you won't be able to put down til the very end, and one you'll read again and again. The author, Rachel Dylan, is also a lawyer, so she includes so many details about the legal system while incorporating mystery, danger, suspense, romance, love, faith, and forgiveness. She also has a way of making you feel as if you know the characters personally. I love that current issues such as big pharmaceutical companies, drug addiction, moral conflict and consience, and both honesty and dishonesty were included. You won't be disappointed with this book!! Be sure to grab a copy, and sneak off to your favorite reading nook! I was blessed to be given a copy of the book by the author, but a favorable review was not required.
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  • Michelle Kidwell
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Proofby Rachel DylanBethany HouseBethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 05 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Deadly Proof through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:Attorney Kate Sullivan has the biggest case of her career, she is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical who is in trouble due to a cover-up to deal with their newest drug. After a whistle blower dies Kate realizes just how dangerous this assignment is.Former Army Ranger and now Private Investigator Land Deadly Proofby Rachel DylanBethany HouseBethany House PublishersChristianPub Date 05 Sep 2017 I am reviewing a copy of Deadly Proof through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:Attorney Kate Sullivan has the biggest case of her career, she is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical who is in trouble due to a cover-up to deal with their newest drug. After a whistle blower dies Kate realizes just how dangerous this assignment is.Former Army Ranger and now Private Investigator Landon James is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblowers allegations, and he soon discovers that the company is likely engaging in a dangerous game for profit. But soon Landon finds himself developing feelings for Kate.Determined to do what he can to keep Kate safe, but as the case deepens it is apparent that someone will go to any length even murder to stop this case from going to trial.I give Deadly Proof five out of five stars!Happy Reading!
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  • Ann
    January 1, 1970
    Rachel is one of my favorite authors when it comes to Christian suspense, and this book is example of why that is. For the reader who enjoys a good legal suspense story combined with some romance, this book is one you will really enjoy. This is also a book that once I started it I couldn't put it down. This is the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, and I am certainly eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I was given a copy of this book by the author, but a favorable review was not Rachel is one of my favorite authors when it comes to Christian suspense, and this book is example of why that is. For the reader who enjoys a good legal suspense story combined with some romance, this book is one you will really enjoy. This is also a book that once I started it I couldn't put it down. This is the first book in the Atlanta Justice series, and I am certainly eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. I was given a copy of this book by the author, but a favorable review was not required. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kelly Tyree
    January 1, 1970
    Deadly Proof is an edge of your seat suspense novel. Kate Sullivan is an attorney that has just been named the main legal attorney on a high profile civil trial against a drug company that made a drug knowing it has dangerous side effects. Kate is passionate about what she does and seeks justice for the many people that this company has harmed. She is going to have to go up against a friend from law school in this case. But her friend, Ethan, has to make some moral decisions when he is faced wit Deadly Proof is an edge of your seat suspense novel. Kate Sullivan is an attorney that has just been named the main legal attorney on a high profile civil trial against a drug company that made a drug knowing it has dangerous side effects. Kate is passionate about what she does and seeks justice for the many people that this company has harmed. She is going to have to go up against a friend from law school in this case. But her friend, Ethan, has to make some moral decisions when he is faced with tough choices. As the case begins to unravel, Kate finds herself in danger. Landon James is a former Army Ranger who is now a private investigator. He has struggled to pull himself together after having returned from fighting overseas. He takes protecting Kate seriously. As he comes to know her, he sees she is not like any attorney he has ever known. Her passion is able to break down the walls he has built since returning to the states. Kate also finds herself opening up to Landon. As the two work together to get Kate through this trial they are hit again and again by a ruthless enemy. Despite all of that they are able to fall for one another. As the events of the book unfold you are literally on the edge of your seat completely glued to the pages of your book. Deadly Proof is well written and the characters are likable and develop nicely as the book progresses. Altogether a great book to read. Highly recommend it. I voluntarily received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Linda Rainey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow!, what a roller- coaster ride as Kate Sullivan takes on Mason Pharmaceutical aided by PI Landon James.I loved the nail biting, page-turning, attention grabbing suspense as they race to discover who is willing to risk murder to keep the case from going to trial.This legal thriller met all of my expectations and more.I highly recommend this book to those who like romantic suspense.An ARC was given to me by the author and my opinions are 100% my own.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Because I have read and enjoyed several of the author’s self-published novels, I was excited to see that she received a contract from one of my favorite publishers, Bethany House. Rachel Dylan is an extremely talented writer and deserves the attention of a major publisher. “Deadly Proof” is her first book published by Bethany House and it lived up to my expectations 100%.“Deadly Proof” is a riveting legal thriller complete with a believable plot, just the right amount of pertinent facts, a bit o Because I have read and enjoyed several of the author’s self-published novels, I was excited to see that she received a contract from one of my favorite publishers, Bethany House. Rachel Dylan is an extremely talented writer and deserves the attention of a major publisher. “Deadly Proof” is her first book published by Bethany House and it lived up to my expectations 100%.“Deadly Proof” is a riveting legal thriller complete with a believable plot, just the right amount of pertinent facts, a bit of danger and suspense, plus a touch of romance for good measure. The plot features opposing lawyers who are good friends – at least they were before a major case against a giant pharmaceutical company. Kate is dedicated to helping the victims find justice and is determined to win her case without compromising her values. Ethan, the opposing attorney, is quite ambitious and eager to prove himself to his partners; however he finds himself constantly pressured by the clients who want to win the case no matter what it takes. Landon is the private investigator hired by Kate who quickly determines that Kate requires protection and takes it upon himself to provide it. Several other characters play minor yet crucial roles as the story plays out.As expected, I thoroughly enjoyed “Deadly Proof”. The narrative moved along at a steady pace with enough action and mystery to hold my attention and keep me wondering what might happen next. I liked most of the characters, particularly Landon and Kate. I also liked learning more about everything involved in preparing a case for trial without having to wade through the overload of information provided by certain other popular authors. The emphasis on integrity and the importance of faith were also positive factors for me.Everything considered, “Deadly Proof” is an excellent novel that makes me eager for the next book in the series. I hope others will take a chance on this new book by Rachel Dylan. They might just find a new favorite author.I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Bethany House and the author. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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  • Edshara
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an Arc of Deadly Proof from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan is the book to choose, if you want a well written mix of spiritual content, action and romance. This book grabs your attention from the start and doesn't let go. It is fast paced yet easy to follow with a solid group of characters that are easy to like and relatable.Kate is a well rounded character and a good choice to open this series. As a lawyer she took the no nonsense approach w *I received an Arc of Deadly Proof from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan is the book to choose, if you want a well written mix of spiritual content, action and romance. This book grabs your attention from the start and doesn't let go. It is fast paced yet easy to follow with a solid group of characters that are easy to like and relatable.Kate is a well rounded character and a good choice to open this series. As a lawyer she took the no nonsense approach without going overboard. The inclusion of her struggles with loneliness and depression was done in a positive and realistic way. Even though she relied on her faith to help her navigate the thoughts and the emotions that came with her loneliness and depression, she still had to work at it and even then it wasn't always easy. Christians have struggles too and I'm glad that her faith wasn't looked at as a one shot cure and all was well. Kate was a good example of a Christian living their faith and using it to witness yet not pressuring others with it.Landon was a good balance to Kate. He was knowledgeable about his job and he knew when to push and when to pull back. Landon is a strong character, yet he is still able to heed instructions and take advice. Seeing how he cared for Kate, even before things got romantic, made him a very likable character. His struggles with his faith were understandable and the process and progression he went through was important not just for the plot, but for those who may be experiencing similar thoughts and feelings.Since the book took place over a couple months, I thought the pace of the romance was well-done. The action was consistent throughout the book and fit the narrative. It kept me interested and on the edge of my seat. The spiritual content fit each character and went well with the flow of the book. Their was a focus on prayer and it was nice to see how it differed for each character, yet was still very important. While the legal terminology, initially, seemed a bit overwhelming, Rachel Dylan did a great job of making everything understandable. Though the overall execution of the book was great their were some flaws. I thought the introduction of Landon's faith to the story seemed abrupt and out of place for the scene it was included in. One of the minor "whodunnit" reveals, towards the end of the book, felt like a forced resolution and out of place. Though these issues were a bit distracting, they didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. I would highly recommend Deadly Proof and I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    This book is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for in a legal thriller--lots of digging to find the truth, danger and suspense, and a dash of romance. And the hint of conspiracy always livens things up. While I enjoy romance, I appreciated that it doesn't compete for the main focus of this story; instead, the case is most important, with the romance and Kate's friendship with the opposing lawyer, Ethan, coming in a tie for second. I never, ever want to become a lawyer; sitting on a jury woul This book is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for in a legal thriller--lots of digging to find the truth, danger and suspense, and a dash of romance. And the hint of conspiracy always livens things up. While I enjoy romance, I appreciated that it doesn't compete for the main focus of this story; instead, the case is most important, with the romance and Kate's friendship with the opposing lawyer, Ethan, coming in a tie for second. I never, ever want to become a lawyer; sitting on a jury would likely be hard enough. However, while such a job might be torture for me, I really enjoyed reading about all the trial prep and search for proof. Dylan appears to know her stuff; a lot more goes on behind the scenes than we see in tv shows. I never felt the story get bogged down in legalese, and the pacing is perfect. Ethan is kind of in the role as the villain (being as he represents the evil pharmaceutical company), but he is far from evil--just caught in the slippery slope of questionable ethics. He makes some poor choices, but I can pity him as each decision leads him one step further from where he should be. I also appreciated that while Ethan is teetering toward the path to the dark side, there are still other lawyers besides Kate who have a moral compass and refuse to be compromised, even when the consequences are significant. That inner debate for the lawyers--seeing whether they will follow their values when temptation comes their way--is really what makes them human and keeps me reading!Both the history and camaraderie of Landon and his college roommates reminded me of the men in Dani Pettrey's Chesapeake Valor series; readers who have enjoyed Pettrey's novels will enjoy this one too (I know I did). I have high hopes for Kate's two best friends and Landon's college roommates to get together in future novels (but that is pure speculation on my part). Also, seeing what happens with Nicole and Miles could be interesting as well. I'm glad this is advertised as the start of a series!Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for providing a free e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
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  • Katrina Epperson
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a fan of Rachel Dylan and was so excited to hear of her new release being published by Bethany House. In fact Deadly Proof is just the first novel in her Atlanta Justice series. This legal suspense is sure to be a hit with readers.The cover gives a glimpse at the suspense enclosed. The characters and plot immediately pulled me in. I immediately felt like I was Kate's confidant and she was including me in on everything going on in her life (the stress, hopes, dreams, questions, fears I have been a fan of Rachel Dylan and was so excited to hear of her new release being published by Bethany House. In fact Deadly Proof is just the first novel in her Atlanta Justice series. This legal suspense is sure to be a hit with readers.The cover gives a glimpse at the suspense enclosed. The characters and plot immediately pulled me in. I immediately felt like I was Kate's confidant and she was including me in on everything going on in her life (the stress, hopes, dreams, questions, fears and feelings). I really liked this character. She is strong and faithful, but she is also a little naive. Landon James is a complicated character with a history that he wants to put behind him. His history gives him insight into possibilities and lucky for Kate he's on her side. The plot is a fast paced and keeps you guessing which for me means it's full of suspense. The author's knowledge as an attorney gives the reader a glimpse at what is all involved with the job and made me feel like I was an intern learning what the job truly entails. I love how the author weaves a message of faith into the story. This books brings elements of spine tingling suspense, legal drama, turmoil, romantic tension, and lots of faith. I think this will appeal to many people of like different genres so I will say that I would recommend it to anyone. I was pulled in from the first page and didn't put it down until the last page, so it was a one sitting read for me. I received this book from the author via the publisher. I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Gail Hollingsworth
    January 1, 1970
    This novel held me in its grips right up to the end. Written by an actual trial lawyer made it so much more authentic. Imagine an upcoming trial where one side is presenting the death of a sixteen year old from a brain tumor caused by a new drug for migraines. The drug company is defending their stance that the drug is not the reason for her death but underlying health issues. How far will this drug company go to ensure their success? A scientist in the company is found murdered, the prosecuting This novel held me in its grips right up to the end. Written by an actual trial lawyer made it so much more authentic. Imagine an upcoming trial where one side is presenting the death of a sixteen year old from a brain tumor caused by a new drug for migraines. The drug company is defending their stance that the drug is not the reason for her death but underlying health issues. How far will this drug company go to ensure their success? A scientist in the company is found murdered, the prosecuting attorney is being threatened and someone on her team is supposedly tampering with legal documents. Add into the mix a PI hired to help uncover evidence being withheld from the drug company and you have a stay up late action thriller sprinkled with enough romance to keep it very interesting. These characters were so real and I found myself caring very much about the outcome and how it would affect each one. I kept guessing about who were actually the "bad guys". And I loved how PI Landon was helped to renew his faith by lawyer Kate. These two had so much from their pasts slowing them down and hindering the way they lived their daily lives. It was great to see them let go and share their issues with each other and how Landon released his past to God and began once again letting God take control. I will certainly be looking forward to book two in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are my own.
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