If they expected silence, they hired the wrong woman.
Caroline Bragg’s life has never been better. She and Brandon Lancaster are taking their relationship to the next level, and she has a new dream job as legal counsel for Praecursoria—a research lab that is making waves with its cutting-edge genetic therapies. The company’s leukemia treatments even promise to save desperately sick kids—kids like eleven-year-old Bethany, a critically ill foster child at Brandon’s foster home.
When Caroline’s enthusiastic boss wants to enroll Bethany in experimental trials prematurely, Caroline objects, putting her at odds with her colleagues. They claim the only goal at Praecursoria is to save lives. But does someone have another agenda?
Brandon faces his own crisis. As laws governing foster homes shift, he’s on the brink of losing the group home he’s worked so hard to build. When Caroline learns he’s a Praecursoria investor, it becomes legally impossible to confide in him. Will the secrets she keeps become a wedge that separates them forever? And can she save Bethany from the very treatments designed to heal her?
This latest romantic legal thriller by bestseller Cara Putman shines a light on the shadowy world of scientific secrets and corporate vendettas—and the ethical dilemmas that plague the place where science and commerce meet.
“I loved Cara Putman’s Lethal Intent and rooted for her heroine Caroline Bragg through every twist and turn. This legal thriller perfectly captures what it’s like to grow from law clerk to lawyer, and when Caroline finds herself faced with a heartbreaking ethical dilemma that leads to the corporate battle of her life, she confronts the challenge with strength and resources she never knew she had. Putman seamlessly blends the story with a wonderfully inspiring romance, too. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Lethal Intent!” --Lisa Scottoline, New York Times bestelling author of 30 novels, including her upcoming, After Anna.
“Intriguing characters. Romantic tension. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. And a fast-paced ending that will leave you exhausted (in a good way!).” —Robert Whitlow, award-winning author of Promised Land
In this serviceable mystery from Putman (the Hidden Justice series), Virginia lawyer Caroline Bragg and Brandon Lancaster, her longtime friend and a former NFL player, are taking the first tentative steps toward falling in love. At the same time, she's starting work as legal counsel for Praecursoria, a startup doing pioneering research into T-cell therapies that "could be the difference between life and death for young cancer patients." Her first day on the job, Caroline discovers that Brandon owns stock in Praecursoria and one of the children at the foster care facility that he finances is enrolled in one of Praecursoria's trials. Within days, the scientist overseeing the tests is killed in a car accident. Then another member of the team dies under suspicious circumstances, and Caroline finds herself face to face with a homicidal adversary. The well-developed medical background compensates for a standard plot and some lackluster prose. Those who like their mysteries with no sex or bad language will best appreciate this one. \n
Is it to help or is it for the money?
Have you ever had a moment where right versus wrong lost its black-and-white contrast? - Caroline
What an incredible story! If I could give it more than 5 stars, I certainly would! The author takes the lawyer into the field of biomedical research and puts you, the reader, on the edge of your seat wondering what on earth could happen next...
Praecursoria is a research company that offers terrible hope to those who have none, that proverbial Hail Mary, for those that have no other choice medically speaking. Caroline is the lawyer tasked with keeping everything legal, working with the FDA, filing patents, etc. But when people start dying, files are missing, and threats are made she begins to wonder if she is helping at all. What is the impetus behind all this - helping people or making money??
Brandon is a former football star whose sole aim is to keep sibling groups together when they enter the foster system, hoping to find them a forever home together. Will Almost Home survive the endless changes the government is making or will these children lose contact with their siblings just like so many have?
An ARC of this legal thriller was received through Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing and CelebrateLit. The impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.