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Moral Defense

(Samantha Brinkman #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  3,932 ratings  ·  309 reviews
For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it’s not about guilt or innocence—it’s about making sure her clients walk. But the case of Cassie Sonnenberg touches a raw nerve in Sam that makes it painfully personal.

A savage attack in a suburban home has left a father and son fatally stabbed, and a mother clinging to life. And Cassie, the family’s adopted teenage daug
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published November 8th 2016 by Thomas & Mercer
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Quillracer Not in my opinion and neither one is as good as her Rachel Knight books

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This is the first of this new legal series featuring Samantha Brinkman that I have read. It works well as a standalone. Samantha is a flawed character who is capable of morally dubious behaviour such as outlined by her actions with Deshawn, her culpability in the killing of a man whose dangerous family want retribution and who are her clients. Samantha has a dark history of familial sexual abuse which makes the case that she takes one that goes emotionally close to the bone for her and tests her ...more
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Marcia Clark Fans, Legal, Mystery/Thriller
4 It's All in Plain Sight Stars
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Oh, Marcia Clark is a crafty one... She has taken all of her past talents in the legal profession and focused on giving us fascinating books. By creating defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, we have a woman who fights for everyone to have a voice in court... yet we also get all of the mechanics that happen behind the scenes. This way of presenting all of the moving parts of the legal system works extremely well.

The blurb gives you more than en
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Marcia Clark, and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

In her latest thriller, Clark brings Samantha Brinkman back for more captivating drama and legal wrangling. Discovering her father and brother murdered and mother hanging on by a thread, Cassie Sonnenberg is at the centre of a media frenzy. Why was she spared and could the killer come back for her to finis
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This is the second in the Samantha Brinkman series. It starts off a little slow and takes a while to ramp up. Someone breaks into a house and stabs the son, father and mother; missing only the adopted daughter hiding in another bedroom. Then, she is accused of the crime.

Initially, Sam is hired as the witness representative for the daughter. As someone just representing the daughter, I found it odd that she and her team spent so much time investigating the events of the murders. Do lawyers reall
Linda Strong
May 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another winner by Marcia Clark!

Samantha is hired as legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg, a 15-year-old accused of brutally stabbing to death her older brother, her father and the attempted murder of her mother.
Sam is determined to do her best for this teenager, especially when word leaks that she was sexually abused by her brother and her father.

As Sam digs in to find the answers, she’s surprised to find herself identifying with Cassie, becoming more and more personally entangled in the case
Sep 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow - two for two! The author's first book featuring defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, "Blood Defense," was fantastic. If anything, this one, of which I also received an advance copy courtesy of the publisher, is even more so. If I could give it 6 stars, I would!

This installment, for the record, can stand on its own, but I'm sure I got a bit more out of it by reading the other one first (always my advice when dealing with a series, by the way). "Friends" from the first book return;
Samantha Brinkman is officially my favorite fictional lawyer <3

Cannot wait for the next installment in this perfect legal series!
Scottsdale Public Library
I just finished "Moral Defense" by Marcia Clark. Yes, she is the Marcia Clark that prosecuted O.J. Simpson. I really enjoyed this novel. It was fast paced and had an ending that was believable. Samantha Brinkman is a defense attorney, whose client is Cassie Sonnenberg. Cassie's brother and father were brutally stabbed to death, and her mother is clinging to life. There are other sub-plots where you ask, "Is justice blind?" I intend to take out her first book Blood Defense. -Bob K.
Dec 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Samantha Brinkman series it can be read as a stand-alone story. I like this fast paced story that kept you reading from beginning to end. Cassie Sonnenberg discovers her father and brother dead and her mother close to death due to a brutal attack. Samantha is hired as the 15 yr old’s legal advocate and as she starts to uncover more and more answers she is beginning to see herself in this young girl. Cassie was adopted by the Sonnebergs and as she got older it seems sh ...more
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Please note that this review spoils events from Samantha Brinkman #1

I was really intrigued by the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series. Maybe because Clark ends it with a surprising revelation that had my mouth hanging open. In Brinkman you have someone that even though they are a defense attorney, has no qualms about making sure the bad guys (even her own clients) get brought to justice.

Samantha is still dealing with the fallout of her actions in the last book. She is t
Aug 25, 2016 added it
As usual, snarky and sneaky DA Samantha Brinkman is up to her old tricks. She has her own peculiar brand of justice even as she does everything she can to get even the most heinous criminals acquitted or pled out. In this second book of the series, Sam is counsel for a 15-year-old girl, Cassie Sonnenberg, who is accused of committing the brutal murders of her foster family: brother, father and mother. As Cassie reveals the despicable activities that were going on in that home, Sam can't help but ...more
Interesting mystery; sympathetic, quirky characters. Moral dilemmas. Kept me guessing. (Beware: strong language & disturbing topics related to abuse--so not everyone's cup of tea.)
**Kindle Unlimited
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
A while back I came across one of Marcia Clark's books when I was wandering the bookstore and I was intrigued that the former prosecutor had made a career change to crime author. Then I was given the opportunity to pick up "Moral Defense" from the publisher in exchange for an honest review; I jumped at the chance.

This is the second in the series and I admit to not having read the first. That being said, I didn't feel like I was missing anything terribly critical as it specifically re
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of legal supsense thrillers
(Samantha Brinkman: #2)
Written by Marcia Clark
2016; Thomas & Mercer (426 Pages)
Genre: series, fiction, mystery, suspense, legal drama


Defense attorney, Sam Brinkman is back and finds herself with another sticky case to defend. Her newest client, Cassie Sonnenberg, a teenager is charged with murder and attempted murder. She is accused of stabbing both her adoptive father and brother, and savagely attacking her adoptive moth
Theresa Alan
Dec 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Because I enjoyed the first book in this series, I bought this without reading anything about it. In this second Samantha Brinkman novel, as Sam works to defend her young client, Sam identifies with the abuse Cassie alleges, but also has doubts about whether Cassie is telling the whole truth.

I can handle a little sexual abuse in a story about a defense lawyer trying to defend her client accused of a double murder, but there was a point in this story where I didn’t want to keep reading because i
Sarah Joint
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Along the lines of the first book, another fantastic read. Hard to put down!

Defense lawyer Samantha Brinkman has another big case on her hands. 15 year old Cassie, who her parents adopted as a toddler, is the only one left alive in a massacre at her house. Mom, Dad, and big brother have all been killed bloody. The wide eyed teenage girl seems like an unlikely culprit, but it soon seems that may be the case. As most clients, she doesn't tell Samantha the whole truth at first. That's a
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Defense attorney Samantha Brinkman takes on 15 year old client Cassie Sonnenberg after Cassie's father and brother are fatally stabbed in their home and her mother left for dead. Cassie is soon charged with this crime. Samantha runs her own law firm with help from computer whiz Alex and receptionist Michelle but money is tight. Samantha also agrees to her father's request to help out a local cop being sued by someone he busted and what a mess that turns into. She also has to find a way to keep a ...more
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow, my feelings went back and forth and back forth again. Who committed this gruesome murder? A whole family is killed but their 15 year old daughter who admits to molestation by her older stepbrother and her stepfather. That's just one, but the major plot twist in this story.

This is one with many subplots that I just could not put down. While I miss Rachael, Samantha is slowly starting to fill her shoes.

There is some legalese, but not that much. It's mostly a fight with the cops and trying t
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Brinkman is back with a fistful of cases she juggles like the person who can juggle three or four running chain saws at once.

Her cases, some dealing with gang bangers either fleeing for their lives and needing $100,000 from her or looking to kill her for the death of their brother, or with a 15 year old girl accused of brutally murdering her adoptive parents and their son, make her days crazily busy.

And because her days are insanity itself, this book flies! Think
Don Gorman
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
(2). I have now read the first two books in this series, and I think I have read enough to decide that this will be my last one for a while. Samantha Brinkman, the protagonist, is a good character, but the rest of the crew is very weak, and there has been no real character development in either of the books. The stories here (one is a carryover from book one) are reasonable, with some interesting twists and turns at the end of the main plot line . But there is nothing to really draw me back. I a ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it liked it

Cassie is fifteen years old, adopted at the age of four. Samantha Brinkman is trying to defend her. She has two very royal and dependable people in her small firm. She irritates police officers with her own investigating, her own troubles growing up affecting her, Cassie told many different stories about killing of her brother and father. Mother is in the hospital, in coma. Underage sexual molestation, teacher/consular lesbian pedophilia and mental problems. Sam has many unorthodox appr
Nov 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
I found Marcia Clark's latest book a little confusing - but in a good way. Samantha Brinkman was still the same, but the plot and subplots got a little intertwined for me. But the read itself was good, almost great. I felt like it was a little long and would probably have enjoyed fewer subplots. I couldn't always tell where I was headed. But, in the long run, I couldn't stop reading so it was well-worth it.

I received this book from NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
A little more than half-way through and I'm done. Enjoyed her first book, but this time the character is a little too smart-mouthed and apparently can't decide if she's a lawyer or a P.I. I kept thinking, "Oh, c'mon" and finally threw in the towel.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy Marcia Clark's crime fiction - her books are like my reading sweet spot. You know she's going to keep the twists coming right up until the very end. Can't wait to see what Samantha Brinkman does next.
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

3.5 stars

Although this book has difficult/sensitive subject matters, I found it significantly different and more well written than Book #1 in that the primary legal case and characters were much more well developed.
Sherrie Saint
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cassie is one of the scariest characters I have seen in quite some time. I can not say enough good things about this series. Brinkman, Alex, Michy.....
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For defense attorney Samantha Brinkman, it’s not about guilt or innocence—it’s about making sure her clients walk.

In the follow-up to bestselling Blood Defense, Samantha is hired as the legal advocate for Cassie Sonnenberg after a brutal stabbing left the teenager’s father and brother dead, and her mother barely clinging to life. It’s a tabloid-ready case that has the nation in an uproar—and Sam facing her biggest challenge yet. Why did Cassie survive? Is she hiding something?

As Sam
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I loved the first Sam Brinkman book so couldn't wait to read the second. It was equally good. I think it helped me having read the first book as the characters are the same (obviously) and it's always nice to feel that you know people but facts and necessary information from the first book, and how the characters' relationships developed, is also explained in nice succinct precis. This story though, the crime, the case that Sam was defending was complete discrete and of this book. Family slaught ...more
Tracy T.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really good book and narration by Angela Dawe (audible review)

I think I liked this story. Maybe even more than the first one. It was a so good. I am a Samantha Brinkman fan.

The story line and plot was really good. A family murder, twists and turns and a few other stories going on in between. It was great. Again this book is written in the first person but she doesn't ramble on nonsense inner thoughts. There is tons dialogue throughout the entire book between all the characters. The
Aug 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Sam is in deep with some gang members
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Marcia Clark is a former LA, California deputy district attorney, who was the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder case. She wrote a bestselling nonfiction book about the trial, Without a Doubt, and is a frequent media commentator and columnist on legal issues. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Samantha Brinkman (4 books)
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  • Snap Judgment (Samantha Brinkman, #3)
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