I just finished up listening to the audio book Damaged: A Novel (A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel) by Lisa Scottoline. I have read other books by this author and have very much enjoyed them so this was an easy book to pick…but was it an easy listen?
All of the books that I’ve read to date by Scottoline have a similar premise. Some is done wrong-often times a child-and someone needs to advocate for the child and it typically ends up with a court case. It’s a great premise for me. I love children…I love who-dun-its and I love justice.
This book has all of that. My main disappointment was that I jumped in and started with book four verses book one…UGH. So if you decide you want to give the book a try, I’m warning you. Start with Accused: A Rosato & DiNunzio Novel first.
Here’s what Amazon had to say, “Ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick’s grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick’s true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart…
With Lisa Scottoline’s trademark emotional depth and fast-paced action, Damaged will have readers riveted to the last page as they root for the beloved characters and their fight for justice.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.4 stars. I think I would say that’s a fair rating. I went back and am starting the first books of the series. It does frustrate me when I jump in on the wrong end of series. I always wonder if there were things I missed. I do have to say, that this book does work as a fine stand along books though. If you haven’t tried a Lisa Scottoline book, she’s definitely worth a try.