About the Book:
- Series: Memphis Cold Case (Book 4)
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Revell (April 2, 2019)
- Language: English
Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. A victim of sex trafficking, she’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she escaped her captors and is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to police for fear of reliving her captivity is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.
When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has before it’s too late. When that proves to be not enough, she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.
As a mother, this book was difficult to read. I could not imagine the horror of not knowing where my child was. I wept for these girls who are sold like goods to the highest bidder. I learned a lot about human trafficking from this book and I think more of this is needed in Christian circles. This book reminded me not to judge others without knowing all the facts. It opened my eyes to the plight of these woman and girls. Most of them did not chose a life of prostitution. It was forced upon them and to try to escape means certain death. It opened my eyes to the evils that lie just beyond our protected environment. It reminded me to love my daughter, to make sure she knows she is loved and wanted, to support her in her life decisions so that she never feels the need to hide something from me or run away to follow a dream.
Now that I’ve gotten the emotional stuff out of the way, let me say that I really enjoyed this story. Justice Delivered is the fourth book and finale to the Cold Case novels by Ms. Bradley and is the third book that I’ve read. Justice Delivered delivers on all the things I’ve come to love about these books. The suspense is perfectly woven into the story—not frightening or gory. The romance builds organically with plenty of internal and external obstacles along the way. I really felt for this character. I can’t imagine the horrors she lived through and trying to rebuild her life is a feat of insurmountable effort.
The theme is all about forgiveness—God’s forgiveness of us and extending that forgiveness to those who done us wrong. The only way to move forward is to let go of the past.
I recommend this book for a mature audience as the subject matter is about human trafficking and the sex trade, but I also believe it could be useful in helping your teens understand the dangers out there and how to avoid them as much as possible.
Favorite quote: “None of us deserve forgiveness… and it’s for you… If you don’t forgive… it will eat you alive.”
I received a copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author:
Winner of an Inspirational Readers Choice Award, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum.
But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series set in Mississippi and two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice and The Christmas Campaign that are available on Amazon.
Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.