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The Public Pretender

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  36 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Maeven Dayne loves all of her kids and most of them love her, but she must choose between them: the juvenile defendants at work or her sons at home. On her last day at work, a juvenile probation officer she despises drags a weeping young girl before an irritated judge for an unscheduled hearing. Maeven can’t resist the girl’s pitiful pleas for help and decides to intervene...more
ebook, 429 pages
Published November 2011
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Maeven Dayne is a public defender, working mostly in the juvenile court system. The book starts with Maeven giving her notice, to take a position less stressful than working in the heavily flawed juvenile justice system. Maeven doesn’t yet know just how corrupt that system is. On her last day she witnesses a juvenile being tried, that wasn’t on the schedule without representation or parent, after having been sitting in Juvie without a court date for a period longer than acceptable by law. Her pr...more
Margaret Tidwell
I really liked this book. When I first started reading it I didn't think I would like it but I end up really liking it. It had me sitting on the edge of my seat and once I got to the last few chapters I couldn't put it down so I stayed up late just to find out how it all ended. I love the characters and I found that they were super relate able and I could see them being real people. I hate books where there is no way that the characters could ever be real people because of how the author writes...more
From me, three stars is pretty good. My average is a tight fisted 3.29, so a three star rating puts this novel in Jeffery Deaver land…

Well imagined characters, a good but predictable plot and some first rate dialogue make this novel a quick, fun read. Fewer than a dozen editing errors show the author’s attention to detail. With the exception of cardboard cut-out antagonists and occasional descents into melodrama, this book compares well to any work of commercial fiction.

I only see one novel on t...more
Tonya Lee
I loved this book! Maevan is a juvenile lawyer who bleeds her kids to the point of destroying her family. She uncovers corruption within the department that places all she cares for in jeopardy. Will she give up on her family to save her other children or fight the battle?
M.d. Cliatt
Nov 14, 2012 M.d. Cliatt rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I hope you enjoy the characters and the plot. It felt like an emotional whirlwind writing it. I cried, laughed and got mad. I hope you do too.
It was a little lengthly but had a good plot. I enjoyed reading it. Goes to prove the lengths people will go for money.
This book had the potential to be really great. Unfortunately, the book wasn't well written. The author stumbles in places and the editing was poor. However, I really liked the characters and was rooting for them.
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