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Irreparable Harm (Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers, #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,611 Ratings  ·  503 Reviews
There's an app for everything. Even evil.

Attorney Sasha McCandless is closing in on the prize after eight long years: she's months away from being made partner at a prestigious law firm. All she has to do is keep her head down and her billable hours up.

Then a plane operated by her client slams into the side of a mountain, killing everyone aboard. Sasha gears up to prepare
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 417 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by Brown Street Books
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Apr 19, 2015 Monnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Legal and medical thrillers always top my list of favorites, most often in that order. So when I got an email from eReader Cafe early this month informing me that this one - the first in a series featuring attorney Sasha McCandless - at no cost, I read the description and took the plunge. Worst case, I told myself, it will cost nothing to find out I don't like it; but on the other hand, it could open up the door to a solid series.

Now that I've finished it, I'm happy to report the best-case scena
Sep 19, 2012 Brent rated it really liked it
I enjoyed that Miller chose a somewhat unusual setting (Pittsburgh) for her debut legal thriller, Irreparable Harm. She was obviously writing about an environment she knows well, as this former patron of Pamela's Diner can attest. :-) Her descriptions of life inside a Big Law defense firm also rang true, as did her insightful observations regarding the ways that the personal relationships between attorneys and judges can subtly but monumentally impact cases at crucial times.

Lawyers can be a part
Sep 08, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book, fast, pacy and very well written. The characters were well formed and believable. The plot engaging and concluded well. I think it really deserves a 4* rating but that is exactly where I struggled. It is undoubtedly a good book but perhaps this is also its greatest flaw. I just felt the author had been on a creative writing course and had stuck strictly to a predefined template. it was a little too formulaic for me. The author played it safe & I would have liked t ...more
I have to agree with one review I read that this book is a decent legal thriller. As stated by the same reviewer you figure out the plot of the book well before half way in. That was a bummer, I would have liked to have been more surprised at who the culprits were.

Sasha is a good character, she's strong witted in the courtroom and knows how to defend herself with Krav Maga. I really don't have much to say about her, because most female characters in books are the same in ways.

Leo is still a my
3.5 * An entertaining book which captures the reader at the get go as a Boeing 737 goes off course and slams into a mountain. Sasha McCandless is a smart and savvy corporate lawyer assigned to defend civil law suits from this catastrophe. At five feet three inches tall she is well trained, with bone breaking moves from combat Krav Maga training, and does serious damage to thugs who get in her way as they try to stop her from discovering why the plane crashed. Irreparable Harm moves at a good pac ...more
Janet Mahlum
The book was a fairly enjoyable read until the author suddenly decided she had written enough pages. She gathered up all the baddies and put them together in one place, let Sasha McCandless have one last chance to show off her self-defense skills, let the police come busting in and load all the baddies in the police car except the one that went in the body bag. Sasha runs into the judge who, she thinks, has such a bad impression of her and discovers he knows the truth after all. The last few sen ...more
Mar 23, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sasha McCandless is an overachieving associate at a major law firm in Pittsburgh. Despite her diminutive size, she kicks some serious ass both in the court room, and in Krav Magra practice. I didn't care for her at first. She was a bit too perfect. But as the story developed, I grew to like the way that Sasha handled the plot twists that were thrown her way.
An airplane's coordinates are changed mid-flight, and it crashes into a mountain. The law firm that Sasha works for springs into action to d
Jul 25, 2014 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up on a friend's recommendation because he knows how much I dislike John Grisham. He was right. Melissa Miller's narrative and the central character she creates in Sasha are interesting, and I found myself actually engaged in a story that could, in the hands of a lesser writer, have become tedious to the point of agony.

In a few words, Sasha works for a mega-sized law firm, is working toward partnership, and lands a potential class-action case around a plane crash. Circumstances bec
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Mar 23, 2012 Kate's Reads rated it really liked it
The legal thriller "Irreparable Harm", by Melissa F. Miller begins with an airliner crashing into the side of a mountain for no apparent reason. All aboard are killed.

Sasha McCandless is a lawyer on track to soon make partner in her large law firm. The airline company is a client of the firm and the team scrambles to prepare for the inevitable law suits resulting from the accident. Until she discovers it wasn't an accident.

A company has developed an application that can take over control of a
Apr 13, 2015 Peg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable legal thriller

Irreparable Harm has lots going for it. I liked the spunky protagonist, who didn't need a man to rescue her. I liked the plot, which kept me reading on. I liked the characters, both good and bad, because they all had a reality to them. I even liked the legal detail, which was given in short bursts. It was a good read, not too intense, with heroes to cheer for. Just what I was looking for at the moment.
Sharon Michael
Jul 31, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it really liked it
I am *not* a fan of legal thrillers but the airline link intrigued me so decided to try this as it was a free download. I'm very glad I did.

Not the usual 'lawyer mystery' at all. The airline crash investigation as the main element of the plot was a plus and the main character was very much an individual and the type of person I find interesting.

The law enforcement end of things seemed a little unrealistic at times, but I did not find it overly distracting. Very entertaining read and I've already
Gerald Kubicki
May 26, 2016 Gerald Kubicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sasha is a almost super-hero who can fight and pratice law at the same time. It was a quick read.
Doug Hoffman
Jul 06, 2014 Doug Hoffman rated it really liked it
I'm not a big fan of legal thriller but on occasion I feel the need to clear my palate from my normal science fiction fare. Having said that, I really liked Irreparable Harm. The plot was twisty enough to hold the reader's interest, the characters are likeable and well developed, and the action plentiful. Even the legal details are presented in an interesting and understandable way. The writing is good though there were a few editing errors. In all, a fast, entertaining read. I liked it so much ...more
Dec 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
This is a perfectly acceptable legal thrilled. There's nothing revolutionary about it, and I had most of the plot figured out before I was 40 pages deep. That said, these books are perfect for quick reads after the holidays, so I'm not complaining.

I purchased the second book in the series for my Nook, and I plan to read that before the New Year as well. The first book was a very quick read (finished it in just over 12 hours), and I suspect the second one will be as well.
Apr 13, 2016 Evan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good first outing about a super lawyer in the making. Sasha has reached the top of the pyramid of associates at a white-shoe Pittsburgh law firm. Not only a brilliant lawyer, Sasha is a martial arts master. Her mentor is one of the firm's managing partners, who has sacrificed his personal life for his work. Sasha is following his lead on this imbalance too. Hopefully, the series will give its author a place to work out burdens of Big Law.

The story opens with Sasha short-circuiting a
Thom Swennes
Jan 12, 2016 Thom Swennes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aspiring for a partnership, attorney Sasha McCandless is a five foot nothing powerhouse and enjoys relative job safety in the prestigious law firm of Prescott & Talbott. When a Boeing 737, Flight 1667 of Hemisphere Air suddenly crashed, the firm took immediate action to defend their client’s interests. Noah Peterson, a well-respected partner in the firm asks Sasha to be his second in command (something that was necessary for a firm of a couple of hundred employees. She immediately started to ...more
Dharma Kelleher
Sep 06, 2015 Dharma Kelleher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irreparable Harm, the debut legal thriller from Melissa F. Miller, takes readers on quite a ride. Attorney Sasha McCandless is rising in the ranks at a prestigious law firm in Pittsburgh. When an airliner crashes, killing all on board, McCandless is called in to head the team defending her client Hemisphere Air against a class action lawsuit.

Sasha soon learns that the crash may have not been an accident. The airline had secretly installed an experimental remote operating system, which may have b
Carol Piner
Mar 26, 2015 Carol Piner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Melissa Miller's butt kicking top prosecutor known as Sasha McCandless sure got her chance to kick a little butt in Irreparable Harm. As a matter of fact, one of the first to feel her roar was a very compelling Air Marshall named Lee Connelly. Although he did reel her from his poorly planned introduction, after which he walked away with a broken nose and finger, he never lost sight of his job.

This book is eerily similar to the recent event of a suicide/murder from a downed plane, it was not caus
Mar 08, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Thoroughly enjoyable! Packed with action and intrigue! Those were my first thoughts upon reading Irreparable Harm. I was completely taken in my Sasha McCandless. Here’s this delicate, petite woman, who appears to be as harmless as a fly, but threaten her and you’ll find yourself flat on the floor. Sasha trains in Krav Maga which she uses more than once while investigating this case. Sasha is also a highly respected lawyer who is about to made a partner in her firm, but only if she handles this c ...more
Mar 06, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is categorized as a legal thriller, but the legal aspects are extremely peripheral. The main character, Sasha McCandless, is a lawyer. It is in her profession that she comes across the events that form the over-arching plot of intrigue and action, but unlike most "legal thrillers," almost none of the book actually takes place in a courtroom.

First, Miller's heroine is a strong female lead who is believable. She's flawed, but she's very successful and very capable of taking care of herself -
Levent Mollamustafaoglu
Melissa F. Miller is a lawyer and her vast knowledge of legal procedures shows in this book. It is a familiar territory where the best author is arguably John Grisham. The book's title, "Irreparable Harm" is taken from legal language as well.

The novel describes the adventures of Sasha McCandles, who is a lawyer in a big Law firm and gets tangled in the defines of an Airline who has had one of their planes inexplicably hit a hill, with no explanation on a sudden course of change in the automatic
Shirley Thomas
It was quite a ride; there were some snags but over all pretty OK.

Am not as enthusiastic about this as the thriller I read before. More than once, I put the book down without anything serious prompting me to do so. There was a conclusion leap that I didn't buy somewhere in the middle of the story, too. Some editing misses: fragmented sentences, double pronouns and a particularly glaring typo.

I mean, I taught ESL and was generally very lenient with students—I didn't usually fixate on typos or dou
Oct 23, 2014 Terric853 rated it really liked it
Wow! Great book!

Sasha McCandless is an attorney in a Pittsburgh, PA, law firm that represents a large airline based in the area. One of the airline's planes crashes for no apparent reason in the mountains of Virginia, killing all on board. As her company prepares for the liability lawsuits they envision coming from the families of the dead, she learns that the client had modified the plane with an illegal override system.

Leonard Connelly is the air marshall assigned to investigate the crash. He
Mar 01, 2015 C.L. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Irreparable Harm is the first of the Sasha McCandless legal thrillers. The author sure knows how to spin a yarn. And what’s not love about Sasha, a slip of a protagonist whose entire tiny body ought to be registered as a lethal weapon? Yay for the girls! She’s not a superhero — she’s a lawyer, for crying out loud — but she takes down bad (and good) guys with the skill and aplomb of Wonder Woman. In a nice reversal of the usual female character falling for the strong male hero, one of the guys sh ...more
Cindy Jacobson
Aug 14, 2012 Cindy Jacobson rated it really liked it
Another book I picked up free. Sasha McCandless is an attorney in a presigous firm on her way to being a partner. Then an airline ( a major client) has a plane crash and that's when all the excitement starts. Sasha can certainly take care of herself when confronting anyone who tries to intimidate her. While their certainly were some cliches and I did figure out some of the people involved, it was a good book that I didn't want to put down,
Jul 25, 2014 Delores rated it liked it
Sasha McCandless is a corporate lawyer, whose client’s plane just slammed into a mountain, killing everyone aboard. Was the plane crash an accident or was it murder. Sasha teams with a federal air marshal assigned to investigate the crash.

I was captivated after the first chapter. Good, suspenseful read with strong, believable central characters. I was thoroughly entertained and will definitely read the other books in this series.
Lyle Nicholson
I got this book off of BookBub for free and was intrigued by it being a best seller on USA Today. It does hit all the things that people are anxious about. Plane crash, possible terrorism, big business and greed.

Where this book had me shaking my head, was there were too many instances where I'm wondering why on earth would the protagonist do some of the actions she does. I don't want to spoil that story, but a writer has to give the characters some kind of brains.

I did like the pace of the story
Lex Lewicki
There were several points in this book that I thought to myself, "Seriously, did she just do that? Why didn't she do xyz?!" In no way shape or form am I an expert on law or lawyers or such, but I've read quite a few crime dramas (not necessarily a lot) in my day and never once questioned the motives or reasoning behind why a character did something.

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Francisco Herrera
I am a Krav Maga instructor and as such was pleased to encounter a book in which the main was a Krav practitioner, and even though I've never been the biggest fan of legal thrillers, I decided to give this book a try.
It is definitely a good thriller with a fast-paced and engaging plot that made this book difficult to put down. However, it is pretty obvious that Melissa Miller has little to no experience on what actual violent confrontation is like. The Krav Maga described in the book is naive an
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I am a writer, mother, wife, and lawyer. I write crime fiction.

I have been writing since my fingers could grasp a pencil. (Note to mom: no need to dig those early works out of the attic!)

I have a degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania (with a double concentration in medieval literature and creative writing poetry).
After college, I worked as an editor for three years before attendin
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Sasha McCandless Legal Thrillers, (9 books)
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