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July 29, 2023

Her, Too by Bonnie Kistler ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

Defending an accused rapist, a high-powered lawyer learns firsthand the terrible truth about her client . . . a discovery that propels her on a quest for justice and revenge.

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July 2023; Harper; 978-0063089242
audio, ebook, print (320 pages); psychology thriller

Kelly McCann is a successful attorney.  Her specialty is defending men who are accused of sex crimes -- she always refers to them as being falsely accused.  Many women felt that she is a traitor to her gender by always taking the accused man's side but she doesn't care.  She loves to win and doesn't care what the public thinks of her.  As the book begins, she has gotten an acquittal for a male scientist who was accused of assaulting his female employees.  She is thrilled with her win and goes to his home to celebrate and while she is there,  she is brutally sexually assaulted. She knows that she can't report him and she can't tell anyone because it will ruin the reputation that she's built up by defending men like him.  As the days pass, she has more trouble dealing with the mental aftermath of the assault.  Will she turn her back on her career and work with women who have been assaulted or will she continue the highly public career that she has worked so hard to build?  

In the beginning of the book, I found it hard to accept that Kelly would continue to defend men accused of assaulting women and always blame the women.  The more the author reveals about her -- that she has a husband in a vegetative state and children who depend on her, the more real her struggle becomes.  I still had a problem accepting her but at least her background indicated why she defended these men.  When she decided to start working with the women that were assaulted by the male scientist, I began to see her as the strong woman that she had been all along but it still wasn't enough for me to like her as a character.

Her, too is a difficult book to read and parts and it may be impossible for some women to read.  Overall, it was a good story about a strong woman trying to right the wrongs that she had helped create in her career as she struggled to live her life as a good wife, mother, and attorney.  But was it too little, too late?

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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