by Allison Leotta
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Goodreads: As a newly minted assistant U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., Anna Curtis has already developed a thick skin to help her deal with the unsettling brutality she encounters daily with her overflowing stack of domestic violence cases. Yet when Laprea Johnson walks into Anna's life—battered by her boyfriend on the morning after Valentine's Day—there's something about this particular case that Anna can't quite shake, something that reminds the prosecutor of her own troubled past.
At the trial, Laprea makes a last-minute reversal, lying on the witness stand to free her boyfriend. Shortly after he is freed, Anna is horrified to hear the news that Laprea's body has been found in a trash heap. Hastily assigned to prosecute the murder case alongside the handsome and intimidating chief homicide prosecutor, Jack Bailey, Anna finds herself trapped in a difficult situation when she discovers that her boyfriend, public defender Nick Wagner, plans to sit across from her in the courtroom representing Laprea's boyfriend and suspected murderer.
Caught between seeking justice for Laprea and saving her personal life, Anna makes a series of choices that jeopardize her career, her relationships, and her very life as she uncovers the shocking truth behind the murder.
Kritters Thoughts: New to the US Attorney's office, Anna Curtis is determined to right the wrongs that she witnessed as a child while her mother was getting abused by her father. She enters the Sex Crimes unit and hopes to make an impact. Soon she has a case on her desk that hits close to home and she must help this woman escape a relationship that is beyond harmful. Anna is devastated when this woman is found dead and is bound and determined to get to the bottom and put the culprit behind bars.
I read this book awhile after it was released knowing that it was going to be the beginning of a series and I could enjoy getting to know Anna and her story as well as this case. Like most other mystery/thriller series, the case itself is self contained, but you still want to start at the beginning to get to know the main character.
I love these kind of series, but this one was even better because it takes place in my stomping grounds. I live right outside of DC and she works for the US Attorney's office, so her home and working life intertwine with mine. She mentions something specific about our baseball park - Nationals park and I recognize it. I love books when I can completely and utterly imagine where the story is taking place and I can with this series as these are the roads I drive everyday.
I am excited to review the rest of the series this week, ending on Friday with the newest installment that was just published.
Rating: absolutely love it and want a sequel (which I will review tomorrow)