These are my honest thoughts and opinions. Putman must have a deep well of courage to have written this book. Sexual abuse never is simple. Not only did she broach a difficult theme, but she handled it with a delicate and considerate yet reality-bearing hand. Her approach to the abuse felt masterful. The two-perspective approach on the abuse—from a silent victim and one who has already found her voice—was brilliant, as it showed that both types of victims must pair courage with truth to see justice done here on earth. Living out the reality this book portrays takes guts and moxie, and I hope any man, woman, or child who finds themselves a victim will seek out help in order to obtain justice and complete healing.
Each victim, every person is important. Every person matters. This book reflects that well. The journey Jaime took toward faith in this story reveals that the struggle to believe that God cares in the midst of our worst pain is completely real and valid. Completely, wholly, supremely.
I already knew Mrs. A couple more notes: The inclusion of a comfort service dog was spectacular and eye-opening. I loved Aslan and how he was able to be a comfort to certain people in the story. I loved that neither of the leads used nicknames for each other. This was a refreshing change from the norm in Christian fiction right now.
Brandy alcohol was mentioned once by a bad guy.
I was very happy the leading good guys did not partake in alcohol. This, too, was refreshing. Oct 03, Carrie Schmidt Reading is My SuperPower rated it it was amazing Shelves: blog-reviewed , romantic-fiction , best-of , contemporary , mystery-suspense , the-feels , owned-print. Maybe because of the current news headlines. To have risen above the heartbreaking abuse in her childhood — and the emotional isolation it created — to achieve not only great personal success but also solid friendships, a tender heart, and a fun sense of humor is inspiring to me.
And then to take on the powerful man who abused her, just when he is in the public eye as never before… her courage is something to aspire to in my own life. I hope I have the courage that she showed to speak up when needed — and, conversely, to stay silent when needed. Chandler… blissful sigh. The Captain America comparisons are not far off. This military vet is an all-around good guy with a protective heart and a faithful Golden Retriever named Aslan which, as an aside, is totally what I want to name a golden retriever, should i ever get one.
Balancing his attraction and growing feelings for her with the need to make sure she is protected — and to patiently and compassionately work through her honest faith questions with her — definitely shows off his Captain America side quite nicely Bottom Line: I loved the journey that Jaime and Chandler take toward God, justice, and wholeness in this latest installment in the Hidden Justice series.
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Besides being a great legal thriller, this is a story of courage and hope even when God seems absent, knowing that He is in fact closer than the air we breathe and grieving with us. Putman tackles tough questions and does so with grace and authenticity. A great addition to the series!
Nov 27, Sarah Sundin rated it it was amazing. Another exciting legal thriller from Cara Putman! Jaime and Chandler are intriguing and well matched, and their romance is tender and realistic. With plenty of twists and turns, the story kept me flipping pages. Another winner! I have been waiting on book three and it did not disappoint.
You have to read this whole series.
Oct 15, Loraine rated it it was amazing Shelves: challenges , kindle , modern-christian-fiction , new-releases , romance , suspense. Putman finished this series with the best book of all IMHO. Focusing on sexual abuse of children, Putman deals with touchy subject matter in a beautiful way leaving any details left unspoken but showing the depth of the pain left in the soul of children who are subjected to this as well as the immense guilt felt by parents who have somehow not known it was happening. Intense from start to finish and filled with amazing characters as well as the wonderful group of women lawyers who have stood by Putman finished this series with the best book of all IMHO.
Intense from start to finish and filled with amazing characters as well as the wonderful group of women lawyers who have stood by one another through law school and life after. This novel stars Jaime as the main character. Abused by her uncle as a child, she now feels she has the strength to finally confront him through legal channels; but little does she know that as a possible next general in the Navy he will not go down without a battle. Chandler aka Captain America was definitely the perfect hero to stand behind Jaime as she deals with the battle for her job, her life, and her sanity.
And the sweetest character of all was Chandler's comfort dog, Aslan, who helped Tiffany through legal testifying that no child should ever have to endure. Filled with suspense, romance, legal intrigue, spiritual growth, and prayer, Putman concluded this series with a mesmerizing book. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review. View 2 comments. Sep 30, Cheryl Baranski rated it really liked it.
This book deals with sexual abuse a topic that so many deal with today. So many keep quiet afraid to say anything. This is a very powerful and intense story that is bound to capture your attention the whole way through this story. Cara Putman has created another amazing novel. She filled this one with her trademark twists and turns and kept this reader very hooked from start to finish! I found myself on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion with this story. Jaime and Chandler were beautifully chiseled.
They were perfect for their roles and really became a part of me as I followed along side them. I felt their relationship grow like it was my own, I felt their hearts beating like mine as they helped the victim. And Cara Putman has created another amazing novel. And Aslan Of course, I'm a sucker for all animals! Once again, 5 stars to the talented Mrs. Her story will take you on a journey you won't soon forget.
The pages turned long into the night for me, and before I knew it, Jaime and Chandler's story came to an end. Definitely recommending this one with hats off and two thumbs up. View all 7 comments. Oct 07, Melissa rated it really liked it. If you're looking for a light, easy read, maybe put this one on the shelf for a while until you are ready for a book that speaks to real life difficult situations. This novel seems to have literally been taken right from the headlines. These issues are at the forefront of the news just this week. It delves into the hard questions--why did she wait so long to report the abuse?
How believable is she, and what proof does she have? I had so much compassion 4. I had so much compassion and empathy for Jaime as she navigated difficulty from every side. Learning how to have courage when she didn't feel as if any existed. The author's use of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe as a teaching tool is so meaningful and will touch every reader, regardless of background and experiences. We all need to know that we have a God who fights for us, who isn't tame. The relationship between Chandler and Jaime is portrayed so gently and beautifully as well. The friendship that develops into something more feels right with this story, as difficult as the situations dealing with past abuse are to handle at times.
My only slight quibble with this book is that I felt the ending was a little abruptly tied up, but overall this is such a fantastic novel I can overlook that one small thing. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own. Oct 01, Melissa Wardwell rated it it was amazing. Delayed Justice is a captivating and sometimes chilling story of a woman's desire to be rid of the shadows that haunt her. Even when doubts plagued her, she stood firm, relying on the support of those around her and loved her.
Delayed Justice comes at a time when our country is hurting and struggling with current events. I think we could all take a note from the pages Delayed Justice is a captivating and sometimes chilling story of a woman's desire to be rid of the shadows that haunt her. I think we could all take a note from the pages in this story. If we call on the Lord to heal our hearts, He will answer. Through Him, we can face the shadows and shine His light on the darkened corners. Sep 27, Madison rated it really liked it Shelves: christian , mystery-thriller , crime. Delayed Justice is the thrilling third book in the legal suspense series, Hidden Justice.
Like the first two books in the series, Delayed Justice offers a riveting mix of legal drama, romance, strong friendship, faith, personal discovery and suspense. Delayed Justice is particularly stirring and tender as the characters face horrific cases - personal, past and present. Now in her adulthood she has decided to press charges against her abuser, but she knows it might bring about fierce retaliation.
Even if it means working closely with retired veteran, Chandler Bolton and his Golden Retriever therapy dog. Delayed Justice takes readers on a journey of healing, of justice and voices standing strong. Delayed Justice and its message of speaking out against sexual abuse, especially when committed by people in positions of power, is incredibly timely. Delayed Justice explores the heartbreaking process of trialing these cases in the US legal system.
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Family, friendship and romance all play important parts in Delayed Justice. Jamie struggles with her relationship with her parents. Launching the case against her abuser gives Jamie a chance to reveal her pain to her parents and to start rebuilding the relationship between them. Fortunately, Jamie has an incredible support system around her even if she is sometime reluctant to draw upon it.
Her friends many of which are familiar faces from the first two books in the series bring tension release to the story and very needed support to Jamie. Finally, the romance is a delightful part of Delayed Justice. Jamie undergoes a journey of spiritual transformation in Delayed Justice. Through gentle and persistent nudges from her caring friends and frank discussions with Chandler, as well as reconciling the events of her childhood, Jamie is able to move from distrusting and doubting God to entering a firm relationship with him.
At times a little disjointed and heavily dialog focused, Delayed Justice has a complex and layered story but is quick and easy to read. With a constant underlying tension and a spike of action right at the end, Delayed Justice will keep readers hooked to this thrilling tale of justice. 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 Sep 26, Laura rated it really liked it.
Jaime is a lawyer because she wants revenge on her uncle who sexually molested her as a child. She connects with Chandler who has a dog who is a counselor -- or rather used as a comfort animal for some clients. I can see that. It has dark undertones and is heavy at times, but the message is needed. The faith message is very subtle but at least it's there. I was not ever sexually molested, but this book was very hard for me to read. I hurt for Jaime. I was also bothered greatly by the ending. It didn't feel resolved to me--especially Chandler. I won't give away any spoilers, but I was left with questions.
Putman is an excellent writer, engaging, and she obviously knows her law, so it is fascinating how she uses lawyers in her books a lot. Fitting, for a lawyer who is also a writer, wouldn't you say? Fans won't want to miss this book, and will be kept guessing with the suspense. Will justice be served? I was given a copy free. View 1 comment.
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Oct 08, Chautona Havig rated it it was amazing. Never fear. Every bit of me wanted to throw it across the room as I read. But there was one problem. Putman takes the horrible reality of child abuse and lays it out with no holds barred. And yet she did—she held back exactly where she should. Not even once. We lived the horror with young Jamie without actually seeing or hearing anything too graphic.
We knew it was—we knew. But with skillful writing and the brilliant use of subtext, we got a full picture without ever once having the veil of discretion raised. I can handle a lot, but sexual crimes are my personal line. If abuse is a trigger for you, be warned. You may have trauma reading this book. Were the characters great? For once, you have two broken people—one not ready to trust a romantic interest. The other just barely ready to consider it. Both navigated the change naturally and without instant changes of heart just because of hormones.
That alone should win Putman some sort of award. But her descriptions. Thank you, Ms. Characterization—spot on. Her writing style engages the senses and emotions exactly as it should. It was a realistic, reasonable moment that required prayer. Score one for reality. Frankly, I recommend this book to anyone—with a reminder of its content. I am so glad I requested a review copy. So glad. Sometimes awful books about terrible things are the best—at least when the author knows how to make sure we see the evil without being steeped in it.
Oct 01, Kelly Bridgewater rated it really liked it. Cara Putnam writes legal thrillers, romantic suspense, and historical romance. I have read a number of her books, including the previous two books in this series. With her latest installment of Delayed Justice, the title fits perfectly.
I couldn't wait to read Jamie's story and see what darks secrets lie in her past and how she will deal with them. Lewis as a tool to show God's love even when t Cara Putnam writes legal thrillers, romantic suspense, and historical romance. Lewis as a tool to show God's love even when the persons past isn't perfect. Chandler did a wonderful job suggesting and donating a copy for Jamie. I really enjoyed Putnam's insight into the story. I have read the Chronicles of Narnia a number of times and seen the movie. I even wrote two graduate level research papers in graduate school about the stories, but the profound insight into the story that reached into Jamie's soul brought tears to my eyes.
It was raw and real. The emotions of Jamie ran true to everything I have ever read about victims about sexual assault. Putnam dug deep and really brought Jamie's past and present hurts to life. I kept feeling bad for Jamie, but kept cheering her on at the same time.
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She is definitely a strong heroine that I admired. As for Chandler, he is an amazing hero. He loves Jamie even though he knows what happened in her past. He moved slow and kept praying for her to come to know Christ. He didn't rush her and proved that she was someone worth waiting for. Now that is a wonderful hero.
While the genre of Delayed Justice is romantic suspense, it does lay more heavily on romance than the suspense. A little bit of suspense was sprinkled throughout the novel with a climactic moment that came and went in two pages, but the novel didn't rely on the suspense element as much. The plot was more on the transformation of Jamie and the growing emotions between Chandler and Jamie.
Thank you! Overall, Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam does dive deeply into the emotions and thoughts of the aftershock of a sexual assault. I loved the characters in this story and hope to see them more in future novels. The spiritual element in this story is wonderful and would be a great way to share Jesus with others. Delayed Justice is intriguing and raw.
I really enjoyed reading this novel. I received a complimentary copy of Delayed Justice by Cara Putnam from Thomas Nelson Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own. Oct 13, Carole Jarvis rated it really liked it. Characters from the previous two novels are involved, but this story stands alone. Chandler, with a job of helping military men and women transition back home, is a blessing in her life — both emotionally and spiritually — and the chemistry between them is great.
Delayed Justice is not only about justice, but healing also. Delayed Justice will speak to every reader, especially those whose past experience makes it difficult for them to see God as loving and caring. I loved the contrast between the support of Christian friends vs. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Oct 16, Caitlyn Santi rated it it was amazing Shelves: new-releases-challenge. This is such a fabulous novel! I loved it. Jaime was a great main character, my heart broke for her and I found myself wanting to give her a hug and be her friend! It was absolutely beautiful to watch her journey and character development from the start of the book to the end, and see her discover God's love for the first time!
Chandler was just such a fabulous hero one of my very favorites of this year! I can't even begin to count how many times his kindness, thoughtfulness, and chivalry Wow! I can't even begin to count how many times his kindness, thoughtfulness, and chivalry warmed my heart and totally turned me into a puddle! And his therapy dog, Aslan, oh my word! Every time Aslan appeared on the page I ended up either chuckling at his antics or blinking back happy tears at the sweetness and power of his presence, let me tell you Aslan is THE PERFECT name for this amazing dog, I loved him so much and I know every other reader of this book will too!
LWW is one of my all time favorites and it was so perfectly and flawlessly woven into the story that I am speechlessly awestruck by Cara's amazing writing! Overall, I loved this book so much! It has it all, suspense, drama, romance, humor, a fabulous faith story, and some amazing character development.
I loved everything about it, what more can I say?! Definitely one for the keeper shelf! I highly recommend Delayed Justice and very much look forward to reading more of Cara's suspense novels in the future! I received a copy of this book from the publisher, which did not influence my review in any way. There are several unique factors about the ECCC which were somewhat revolutionary in changing my personal experience as a practitioner of international criminal law.
Unlike previous international courts I have worked at, the Special Court for Sierra Leone being the exception , the ECCC is based in the country where the crimes took place.
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I believe this makes a profound contribution towards establishing the local relevance of the legal proceedings and enabling a meaningful exchange between the court and the constituents of justice: the people affected by the crimes. The UN often cites the impressive statistics of the number of Cambodian citizens who have participated in its outreach program: over 67, people attended the trial in Phnom Penh.
But outside the formal court setting, I had interactions on a daily basis that demonstrated to me how proximity shapes collective consciousness. When trials are held at home security permitting , there is the ability to develop overt awareness of the fact that legal proceedings were taking place, but there is also the opportunity to facilitate more subtle forms of healing and closure.
For example, local Cambodian journalists with ready access to the court created an enabling space to build the bravery it takes to buy a newspaper where the front page frequently features the photographs of people feared for generations, but who are now behind bars in a local prison.
The ECCC also pioneered a system that I think is a very powerful contribution to international justice and requires more thought as a future model for accountability networks. Inspired by similar efforts in the Balkans, the ECCC mandated that each international staff is partnered with a local counter-part, and vice-versa. There are several dynamics that can lead to difficulties in implementing this system including parity of pay and management of workflow.
However, from a practitioner point of view, there are innumerable ways that international UN efforts benefit from being led by local people, who are able to speak directly to witnesses in their shared language and who understand the nuances of societal roles that can contextualize fact findings, such as issues of socioeconomic standing, ethnicity, and gender.
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On a personal level, it was deeply moving to collaborate with colleagues who lived with the consequences of the events that led to the formation of the court. In my experience at other UN courts, there had been concerns about balancing hiring local staff with the need to maintain the appearance of neutrality, however, my experience at the ECCC demonstrated the incredible contribution of individuals who are living the reality of the history of their country.
As an international investigator, these unique factors at the ECCC ensured that my experience was far more impactful as a result of literally living in the crime scene I was investigating and working with colleagues who had survived aspects of what we were jointly investigating. I witnessed a deep desire that justice should be done, no matter how long after the fact.
The legal challenges may seem dry to highlight, but there were two legal components that were unique additional factors for those working on accountability in Cambodia and ought to be acknowledged as significant achievements that provide a potential template for future international justice proceedings. First, the ECCC is a hybrid tribunal, meaning that, aside from hiring both international and national staff, the law is also a blend of international and national norms. However, fair trial rules require that an accused must be judged according to the law in place at the time of the alleged events.
Unlike any other existing international or hybrid court, I was required to determine the legal standards applicable more than 30 years prior to the time of investigation. At the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda I was determining law in place in , only a year before the Tribunal was established in A similar time period applied to the Former Yugoslavia Tribunal. At the International Criminal Court ICC I worked on an investigation where the guiding instrument, the Rome Statute, was already ratified as national law at the time of the events. The ECCC presented an unprecedented challenge of conducting historical legal research in the context of maintaining the rights of the accused, while in a race against time to collect testimonial evidence in the context of fading memories and witnesses dying of old age.