Thursday, February 9, 2017

Delayed Justice by Patricia Bradley

Delayed Justice by Patricia Bradley

It's been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn't actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week--including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

My Thoughts:
A loaded story. Justice Delayed, a story that begins 18 years after the murder of Andi Hollister's sister who just smuggled three diamonds into the United States. A week until the convicted murder is set to be executed when he receives a letter saying he didn't kill the victim...

This story is ripe with suspense. One week until an innocent man might be executed for a murder he didn't commit and his life is literally in the hands of others as the cast of characters scramble to find the truth, or hide the truth, or kill to protect the truth.

I finished this book in mostly one sitting. For the most part it was an easy read although there were areas that felt a bit choppy to me. I don't know if it was the writing style or if it had something to do with the character's point-of-view. Regardless, it was slightly distracting. The main plot of the story was done well. Lots of moving parts and characters to keep up with.

Favorite Character: Will Kincade, the newest member of the Cold Case Unit; best friend to Brad Hollister; cousin to the murderer convicted in the death of Stephanie Hollister.

There's a wide cast of characters in this story and though many of them are secondary or less, it was still hard to keep them all separated especially when it came to the main plot. Knowing who was connected to who and who dated who (which comes up a lot) was confusing. It became clear early on for me who the main suspects were though there was a twist at the end that surprised me-good or bad, I'm not sure.

The romance portion of the novel is light but realistic considering the timetable of the story. I actually enjoyed reading about someone having romantic feelings for another but NOT engage in immediate kissing and hand holding. Though there is a kiss. There's a very strong character issue that the author works into the story but then all of sudden this issue vanishes in the last chapter without the closure I needed as a reader. I'm not sure why the issue was left unsettled but it was jarring and left me scratching my head as to why it was even suggested in the first place. I can assume this is the first book in a series and maybe those issues will have a satisfying conclusion in the books yet to come but I would've liked to see a conclusion to it in this book.

Overall, great plot with fun characters. I can see some openings in the secondary cast to make appearances in books of their own. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good suspense.

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. You can purchase your copy of Justice Delayed HERE 

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