2 out of 4 stars
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When Defense lawyer, Lindsey Jones, agreed to take Matt Flowers’ case, she knew it would be her toughest case to date. Her client, nineteen-year-old Matt, had been accused of shooting his drug dealer and girlfriend at point-blank range. While battling the prosecution, who seems determined to convict her client at all costs, Lindsey’s personal life takes a hit. Despite her experience counseling clients through divorces and custody battles, when her marriage falls apart, Lindsey can’t seem to approach it with the same resolve she does her clients' cases. Meanwhile, her best friend and colleague, Regan, is dealing with her own set of problems at home. Will the two friends overcome the personal trials they’re going through? And will Lindsey be able to convince the jury of her client’s innocence? Is he really innocent?
Lady Lawyer: Small Town Justice by Shelley L. Levisay is a legal thriller that places readers on the front row seat of a murder hearing. The story is told from the first account of an attorney, whose personal life also becomes an open book to readers as she shares her life experiences.
This was a promising read by author Shelley L. Levisay, who weaved a captivating storyline with enough twists and turns to keep you invested in reading until the end. The subplots added depth and intrigue to the story. I liked that the main character was multi-dimensional; readers will find her easy to like and relatable. The author’s writing style also showed great potential as events and dialogues transitioned smoothly, giving the feel of a fast-paced read.
My favorite parts of the narrative were when Lindsey shared details about her career, dispelling some of the assumptions I had. You would think that murder cases would be one of the most dangerous cases for a lawyer to work on, right? I did too. However, according to Lindsey, there are two types of cases far riskier than murder cases. I was surprised by the revelation and you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Other aspects I liked were following Lindsey’s cases closely, especially the murder case. Also, the troubles at home were interesting to read. However, there are issues that marred my overall experience with this book. First, the novel didn’t seem to have been professionally edited; too many grammatical and punctuation errors, including missing words, punctuated the texts. Additionally, though the author’s writing showed promise it needs polishing and wordsmithing to take it to the next level.
The book would be best suited for those who enjoy legal and family drama. However, I reserve recommending this book until it’s professionally edited. Being a legal thriller, there are moderate descriptions of violence pertaining to the cases. This was a difficult book to rate because although it had glaring flaws, I still enjoyed it. I wavered between a 2- and 3-star rating but ultimately decided 3 stars would be too generous for the current state of the book. Therefore, I rate it 2 out of 4 stars. I can see this novel getting 4 stars in the future with a little more work to flesh out the stories and some much-needed professional editing.
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