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June 14, 2020

Burning Justice by Marti Green ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

I loved the thrilling rollercoaster ride of The Good Twin so when I was offered Marti Green's newest novel Burning Justice I had to say yes. And I'm so glad I did.
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Burning Justice by Marti Green
April 2020; Yankee Clipper Press; 978-0988198043
ebook, print (296 pages); legal thriller
Burning Justice
felt a little different from the beginning. I wasn't sure I really wanted to read about a mother accused of setting her house on fire and killing her 3 small children. But that isn't really what the book is about. 

Dani is a defense attorney with an innocence project. She and her family have recently moved to California where her husband has taken the position as Dean of Stanford Law School. She has reservations about the cross country move. It may be these doubts that has her questioning whether to take the case of Becky Whitlaw. The brother of her new friend has been corresponding with the death row inmate and believes she is innocent. After meeting Becky, Dani believes she is innocent as well. But she also knows there is little chance of reversing the decision given that it is Texas, in an election year.

Burning Justice isn't so much a thrilling rollercoaster as it is an emotional rollercoaster. In addition to the highs and lows of attempting to clear Becky, Dani's home life is also fraught with emotion. Her special needs son experiences bullying at school, but he has also made it first "normal" neighborhood friends. She gets to spend more time with her toddler daughter but feels isolated working from home far from her colleagues in New York City. A wildfire is threatening her home, and her husband receives bad news about his health. 

A lot is going on in a book that took me only about a day to read. Most of the plot deals with Dani's internal debate.

I didn't realize until I finished the book that it is the sixth book in the Innocent Prisoners Project series. I had no problem connecting to the characters. I actually became quite attached to them. I thought the mention of past cases was just to establish that Dani is an experienced lawyer, but now I think they are probably past plots of the other books. 

Because of a plot point at the end of the book, I probably won't go back and pick up the other books. But I will be keeping an eye out for future books in the series because I'm interested in seeing what the future holds for the family.

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Donna Huber is an avid reader and natural encourager. She is the founder of Girl Who Reads and the author of how-to marketing book Secrets to a Successful Blog Tour.

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