Official Review: A Cry for Justice by Stone Grissom

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Official Review: A Cry for Justice by Stone Grissom

Post by RebeccasReading » 05 Jul 2018, 21:17

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Cry for Justice" by Stone Grissom.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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A Cry for Justice by Stone Grissom is one great thrill ride! It is a true page-turner that keeps you guessing until the very end.

The book centers on Gavin Brady, a newly minted civil attorney. Gavin takes a job at a high powered law firm in the Pacific Northwest, and is immediately thrown into a difficult case. Gavin is tasked with finding a way to get a payday for the Harrington family (and the law firm). Sara Harrington, a sweet and talented teenager, had been senselessly murdered two years ago. The trial against her killers had torn the local community apart. Despite locating the killer, having a confession, and obtaining testimony from multiple witnesses, the killer was acquitted in criminal court. Gavin decides to find justice for the Harrington’s in the civil court.

As soon as he begins with the case, Gavin realizes that he is in way over his head. At first, he is only intimidated by the legal aspects of the case. As he starts to dig deeper, Gavin discovers that cover ups and lies are coming from every direction. Gavin soon finds himself in real danger as he works to uncover the truth about Sara’s murder. Despite these threats, Gavin refuses to back down until he can achieve the justice he promised Sara’s parents.

It’s clear from the beginning that Grissom has an intricate understanding of the legal field. The book provides an in-depth look at both civil law firms and the prosecutor’s office. The author clearly did his homework to create such realistic portrayals. He accurately captured the politics, priorities, and relationships in these offices. Grissom also had a very strong grasp on the actual laws that were applicable to the case. He did an excellent job of explaining the technical aspects of the law without overwhelming the reader with jargon.

This story was a great example of small town politics and its impact on the everyday residents. Small amounts of power within a community can quickly lead to full blown corruption. This book incorporated a good variety of characters. Gavin was the main narrator, but many other characters were also highlighted. This provided a balanced perspective of the situation. The book also gave some very interesting information about Samoan culture. I was impressed by the level of research provided about Samoan-Americans.

One thing about A Cry for Justice that bothered me is that many of the secondary characters weren’t fully developed. For example, Gavin’s wife was not given any sort of personality. She existed only to be a sounding board for Gavin. In addition, there was a love triangle situation that fizzled out without ever being fully addressed. The author built it up like it was going to be a significant issue, but it never developed. It seemed like a waste. It felt as though a lot of the book was written as if it is going to be part of a series. I’m not sure if that’s what Grissom has in mind. If so, then maybe the love triangle will be addressed more in future books. I also was a little frustrated by the author’s frequent summarizing of the plot points. I think Grissom underestimated his readers. I didn’t need constant reminders of prior events while I was reading. I found these frequent and unnecessary summaries to be distracting.

Overall, this was fun thriller with a satisfying ending. This book didn’t have any shocking twists, and the big reveal at the end was exactly what I had guessed. However, it was still very entertaining to read. I would recommend A Cry for Justice to anyone who enjoys legal thrillers and mysteries. There were a few minor editing errors throughout the book, but nothing significant. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book, even though there were a few components that could use improvement.

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Post by Dabuddhababe » 06 Jul 2018, 10:54

I'm not a big fan of, knowing what's going to happen before it happens. Also the repetitiveness, that was noted in the review, would drive me crazy. I dont see myself picking this one up, but the review was nicely writen.

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Post by Faithmwangi » 06 Jul 2018, 11:27

Wow! Thank you for the review, it's pretty enlightening. I am always up for detective work, crime solving with its share of adventure in-between. Sounds like something I would enjoy.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 06 Jul 2018, 13:18

This sounds like just the kind of legal thriller I would love to read except for the plot summarizations and lack of development in the supporting characters. I think I'll pass, but I appreciate your excellent review!

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Post by Dahmy 10 » 06 Jul 2018, 13:24

There is hardly any book which doesn't need improvement, this is an awesome review ma'am...

I think the book makes a great story!!

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Post by Ranqin1 » 06 Jul 2018, 14:40

I appreciate the candid review. As I don't like books filled with graphic language and sexual content; I will probably not like the novel myself. I believe your review is very well written and shows both the good and not so desireable aspects of the book. It does make one curious about the character enough to take a quick flip through of a few pages just to see if it still may be interesting enough to bypass the crudeness. Thank you for reviewing this book.

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Post by osayuwamen6 » 07 Jul 2018, 06:37

This book is about Garvin Brady and some other characters, Garvin who works with a law firm at a local community, he learned about the gruesome murder of Sarah a girl who lived in the community. Garvin was interested in Sarah's murder case which was accompanied by series of threats but despite all the threats that he received, he refused to back down. There so much to learn from this book. Thanks for a bright review!

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Post by 9and7io » 07 Jul 2018, 09:26

When her son is falsely accused of murder, Jackie fights against the odds to free him. While he languishes in prison while the prosecution seeks a life sentence, their lives are sent on differing paths of wavering faith and tentative hope. Drama, based on a true story.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 07 Jul 2018, 10:34

It is possible that Author Grission is an attorney because of his vast knowledge of the law. I would enjoy reading this suspense-filled detective story. Thank you for your great review.

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Post by prospero360 » 08 Jul 2018, 02:36

Interesting plot. I always feel in stories where a killer is caught, there is a confession and witness who have come forward, but the killer still walks free, there's usually something deeper that can only be revealed by finishing the story. Nice review

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Post by RebeccasReading » 10 Jul 2018, 07:00

Faithmwangi wrote: ↑
06 Jul 2018, 11:27
Wow! Thank you for the review, it's pretty enlightening. I am always up for detective work, crime solving with its share of adventure in-between. Sounds like something I would enjoy.
I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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Post by RebeccasReading » 10 Jul 2018, 13:45

Ranqin1 wrote: ↑
06 Jul 2018, 14:40
I appreciate the candid review. As I don't like books filled with graphic language and sexual content; I will probably not like the novel myself. I believe your review is very well written and shows both the good and not so desireable aspects of the book. It does make one curious about the character enough to take a quick flip through of a few pages just to see if it still may be interesting enough to bypass the crudeness. Thank you for reviewing this book.

There is very little graphic language or sexual content in this book. You definitely don't need to worry about crudeness! I'd categorize this as a "PG-13" book---some adult themes are discussed but not in graphic details.

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Post by RebeccasReading » 11 Jul 2018, 19:28

crediblereading2 wrote: ↑
07 Jul 2018, 10:34
It is possible that Author Grission is an attorney because of his vast knowledge of the law. I would enjoy reading this suspense-filled detective story. Thank you for your great review.
I saw on his author profile that he's actually a journalist. Perhaps legal stories are his area of expertise? Either that, or he did thorough research for this book!

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