Nicole Says…Read This Book by Lisa Scottoline
By Nicole McManus
by Lisa Scottoline
Mary DiNunzio is a successful attorney and a partner at the Rosato & DiNunzio firm. Her schedule has gotten complicated, due to her wedding being a few weeks away. However, when an elderly man named Edward comes in for a free consultation, Mary’s world is turned upside down. Edward’s grandson, Patrick, is being sued by a teacher’s aide for assault. Sadly, it is this shy, dyslexic boy who bears the markings of abuse. As Mary becomes more involved in finding out the truth, she becomes the only chance Patrick has at surviving and leading a healthy life. Is Mary going to lose everything she has in order to protect Patrick, or will the evidence prove Mary wrong?Lisa Scottoline packs a powerful punch in this novel. Despite it being the fourth in a series, the plot works well as a stand-alone story. Readers, like Mary, will be drawn in right from the moment they meet Patrick and they will be kept guessing as they try to figure out the truth through all the multiple twists and intense secondary storylines. Damaged is a book that weaves its way into readers’ hearts. The author does an excellent job at showing the struggles children with learning disorders face on a daily basis. Filled with a large family, human emotions and one dramatic courtroom scene, readers of literature and mysteries will devour this book. I always love trying to figure out the ending of a book, before the characters… but I love books that throw me for a loop. This one did! My heart was caught up in all the drama, while my inner Nancy Drew could not figure out how this story was going to end. Every time I got close to cracking the case, I would turn the page and gasp out loud! Lisa Scottoline is definitely an author to read this summer for a thrilling, emotional ride.
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