Tag: Lisa Scottoline

Exposed

Author: Lisa Scottoline
Published: August 15, 2017
AUDIOBOOK

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 22- September 2, 2017
Jessica’s Rating: 3.5 Stars

Book Description from Amazon:

A BATTLE FOR JUSTICE PITS PARTNER AGAINST PARTNER…

Mary DiNunzio wants to represent her old friend Simon Pensiera, a sales rep who was wrongly fired by his company, but her partner Bennie Rosato represents the parent company. When she confronts Mary, explaining this is a conflict of interest, an epic battle of wills and legal strategy between the two ensues—ripping the law firm apart, forcing everyone to take sides and turning friend against friend.

SOMETIMES LOYALTY CAN BE LETHAL.

Jessica’s Review:

Exposed is the fifth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series. They can be read as standalones and you not miss much with the backstories or even read out of order.  I have been reading them out of order as I won Damaged (the fourth in the series, my review is here) in a Goodreads giveaway not knowing it is a series. My local library has them all in audio, so I plan to listen to the other two that I have not listened to yet.

Mary is again the main lawyer featured in Exposed.  Bennie is featured some as well.  In the previous books of the series Mary’s family is around a lot; in Exposed they have a smaller role. I kind of missed them as her family tends to be the comic relief in these books.

Mary wants to represent her friend Simon. He feels he was fired from his job because his child is very sick and his employer did not want to pay for the high medical bills.  Of course his employer says that is not the reason, it was his job performance.  There becomes a conflict of interest issue with Mary against Bennie since Bennie represents the parent company that Simon works for.  Exposed never dragged for me, but most of the novel focuses on this issue and it was too much ‘legal talk’ that did not interest me at all. Scottoline could have condensed that more to focus on the excitement of the last portion of the novel.  Exposed becomes so much more than a case about Simon and his job. It picked up for me in the last two discs.  I never thought about stopping the book as I wanted to know what was going to happen.

Scottoline ends the novel with optimism and a promising future.  I really enjoyed the ending and look forward to the next in the series.  I can’t wait to see where Rosato and DiNunzio go next!

Exposed is recommended.

First Line Friday #34

I read today’s First Line Friday earlier this year and reviewed it here. I enjoy Lisa Scottoline’s novels and was sent this one by the publisher St. Martin’s Press.  This is a novel you start out thinking one thing, but the reality is a complete 180! And from the first line you know you are in for a roller coaster of a ride:

Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan’s baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

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One Perfect Lie

Author:  Lisa Scottoline
368 pages in Hardback

Published: April 11, 2017
Dates Read: June 14-28, 2017

My Rating: 4 stars

Description from Amazon:

On paper, Chris Brennan looks perfect. He’s applying for a job as a high school government teacher, he’s ready to step in as an assistant baseball coach, and his references are impeccable.

But everything about Chris Brennan is a lie.

Susan Sematov is proud of her son Raz, a high school pitcher so athletically talented that he’s being recruited for a full-ride scholarship to a Division I college, with a future in major-league baseball. But Raz’s father died only a few months ago, leaving her son in a vulnerable place where any new father figure might influence him for good, or evil.

Heather Larkin is a struggling single mother who lives for her son Jordan’s baseball games. But Jordan is shy, and Heather fears he is being lured down a dark path by one of his teammates, a young man from an affluent family whose fun-loving manner might possibly conceal his violent plans.

Mindy Kostis succumbs to the pressure of being a surgeon’s wife by filling her days with social events and too many gin and tonics. But she doesn’t know that her husband and her son, Evan, are keeping secrets from her – secrets that might destroy all of them.

At the center of all of them is Chris Brennan. Why is he there? What does he want? And what is he willing to do to get it?

My Review:

From the first line of One Perfect Lie you know that Chris Brennan is a liar.  And because of that first line you know you are in for a roller coaster of a ride.  You won’t know who or what to believe:

Chris Brennan was applying for a teaching job at Central Valley High School, but he was a fraud.

Chris Brennan is the main focus of One Perfect Lie, but also involved in the novel are a few of his students and their families.  You know that it will all come together in some way, but you don’t know when or how. I don’t want to really say much about the plot other than the book description, as I don’t want to spoil the novel.  It would be best to go into the novel not knowing much about it.

The chapters are short, with many being just a few pages. This makes One Perfect Lie very hard to put down as you experience that “Just one more chapter!” feeling. I personally enjoy books like that as I am not the fastest reader and short chapters make me feel like I am reading the book quicker. In addition to the short chapters, there are three parts in the novel which are referred to as ‘steps’.  You will have to read it to find out why.  I went from thinking one thing about Chris in the first step then go in a full 180 in step two!

One Perfect Lie is a character driven novel and as Chris gets to know everyone you do as well and we are drawn into their lives and what might happen to them as the novel progresses. This is despite all the lies and secrets that everyone seems to have.

Everything leads up to a fast paced yet somewhat unbelievable conclusion.  For me, after the slow build up for the entire novel the conclusion seemed to come very quickly.  I did enjoy the novel and the many twists and turns that occurred throughout it.

One Perfect Lie was difficult to review without giving spoilers, but I have tried to do the best I think I can.  Lisa Scottoline is becoming an author I enjoy and I plan to read more of her novels.

One Perfect Lie is recommended.

Thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a copy to review!

**And I just found out that today is Lisa Scottoline’s birthday! This review came in perfect timing! Happy Birthday Lisa!

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