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Damaged

(Rosato & DiNunzio #4)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  10,852 ratings  ·  1,173 reviews
Scottoline writes riveting thrillers that keep me up all night, with plots that twist and turn. Harlan Coben

One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O'Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him,
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Paperback, 512 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by St. Martin's Press (first published August 16th 2016)
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Lael Braday Scottoline always includes a bit of background info in each book, so they make sense as standalone novels. However, there is a chronology to them…moreScottoline always includes a bit of background info in each book, so they make sense as standalone novels. However, there is a chronology to them regarding relationships, such as boyfriends entering and leaving the characters' lives. Also, the characters grow and evolve with each story.(less)
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Kaceey
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary DiNunzio is riding high! The upcoming wedding to her true love Anthony, just weeks away. And without a wedding planner to assist, Mary is in full wedding overload! No easy task given she’s also a partner in a successful Philadelphia law firm.

Now, just to add even more onto her plate, Mary is contacted by a new client Edward. He’s requested that she represent his grandson Patrick, in a suit brought on by a teacher’s aide at Patrick’s school. What starts off as a seemingly straightforward
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Paromjit
This is the first legal thriller that I have read by Lisa Scottoline and I adored it. It is character driven and I found it did not take long before I got intensely involved in the story. The focus is on Mary DiNunzio who is getting married in two weeks. Her fiance Anthony is away and only comes into the story briefly near the end. She is a partner in her own firm with Bennie. In this case, she finds her life is in danger and it all begins when she finds herself hired by Edward O'Brien for his ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
Even though this is book #4 in the series, I decided to jump on board and read this first when the opportunity arose. After reading the jacket summary I figured that this would have a similar feel to the Law & Order franchise, and it definitely did. This was the equivalent of having an episode that was extended to go into greater detail about the individual characters of the case, but also a bit into the characters who are reoccurring in the series. While I’m sure there are certain points ...more
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
DNF 35%!

Damaged's blurb made the book out to be really interesting and thrilling. However, it turned out to be a silly story with a naive and irritating main character. Mary just doesn't seem to be a very competent lawyer and the whole wedding businesses is ridiculous and boring to read about. And, the characters felt like silly caricatures from her colleagues to her friends. I should have known something was amiss when I learned that the lawyer she would be facing in this book is named
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Julie
Damaged by Lisa Scottoline is a 2016 St. Martin’s Press publication.

This fourth installment in the Rosato and DiNunzio series is a solid legal thriller blended with a powerful and emotional family drama.

Mary DiNunzio is in the midst of pulling together the last minute details of her wedding, when she is approached to handle the case of a middle grade boy named Patrick, who is being sued for assault, when in fact he is a victim.
Patrick’s only family is his aging grandfather, who is bewildered
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Cindy
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know where to start. As a big fan of Scottoline and the Risato/Dinunzio series, I was looking so forward to this one. I listened to the audiobook and maybe that affected my opinion, although the narrator was really very good. So I think I may have to lay the blame on the author.

I felt like Mary came across as a bumbling fool about half the time, stumbling over legal terms and legal issues that I, as a non-lawyer, knew and predicted. The story was compelling but pretty unbelievable
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Lisa
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Damaged
Rosato and DiNunzio #4
Lisa Scottoline

MY RATING
PUBLISHER St. Martin’s Press
PUBLISHED August 16, 2016

An immensely satisfying emotional legal thriller, full of twist and turns that will keep the pages flying.

SUMMARY
Patrick O’Brien is a small, shy 10-years-old, who can read only on a first-grade level. He had dyslexia and tries to hide it from everyone, but his resulting anxiety gets the best of him and he is getting bullied at school. Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide, who
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Skip
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Back to the Mary DiNunzio family after an exciting Bennie Rosato novel. Mary is getting ready for her wedding to Anthony when she is contacted by an elderly gentleman about his grandson, who is struggling in school with dyslexia and is then sued by a teacher's aide who quit supposedly after being attacked with a pair of scissors. One of Philly's sleaziest lawyers, Nick Machiavelli is Mary's adversary. Just as Mary is developing a relationship, the grandfather dies in his sleep and Mary decides ...more
Judy
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This installment of Rosato & DiNunzio features Mary DiNunzio. She is contacted by the grandfather of Patrick O’Brien, a grade-schooler who is being bullied by fellow students and a teacher’s aide. Patrick, Mary learns is dyslexic; so she begins the procedure to enroll him in a special school. Soon Mary is deeply emotionally involved with Patrick as further problems are evidenced. The events could even jeopardize Mary’s marriage plans and her own happiness. The characters come to mean a lot ...more
Danielle
Oct 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I may be in the minority, I felt this book was a complete waste of time and paper. I'm actually angry at myself for finishing it. I haven't been overly impressed with this author in quite some time, but with this book, Ms. Scottoline has lost me as a reader for good.
Lisa Nocita
Honestly, this book lacked tension and frisson and had the thinnest of plots with no twists. It seemed apparent that the profuse description was merely to reach a page count and in no way served to advance the plot or round out characters. Rather disappointed. Mary does not seem to be a very competent attorney, lacking common sense and acting rashly and she's only a mildly competent fiancée. That relationship seems doomed. And is the timeline of events even remotely logical or believable? I am ...more
Judy Collins
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Lisa Scottoline returns following Most Wanted (2016) with DAMAGED (Rosato & DiNunzio, #4) featuring attorney, Mary DiNuzio—(law partner) about to be married to Anthony, and becomes involved in a complex legal, and highly charged emotional case which threatens her personal and business life.

Mary DiNunzio, a partner in the Philadelphia law firm Rosato & DiNunzio, takes on a
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KAS
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a fascinating read! I have read other Lisa Scottoline novels, which were murder mysteries, and always enjoyed them. This is a criminal legal thriller centered around an attorney, Mary DiNunzio, representing a ten year old boy, Patrick, accused of attacking his classroom teacher's aide with a pair of scissors. On the surface, that doesn't sound like a thrilling plot line, but believe me when I tell you, the plot thickens with twists and turns which has you riveted and burning through ...more
Jill McGill
3.5 Stars!
Laurel-Rain
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Set in Philadelphia, the newest Rosato & DiNunzio novel starts right off with Mary DiNunzio, our MC, hitting the ground running. She is intense, dedicated, and good at multi-tasking, which is necessary right now with her wedding looming on the horizon. She and Anthony Rotunno, a college professor, grew up in the same neighborhood. They have much in common.

But just when she needs to focus on the wedding, her newest case grabs her and pulls her all in. Edward O’Brien, the grandfather/guardian
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Shirley
Jul 06, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I want to give a warm thanks to Goodreads and St. Martin's Press for the book giveaway! I was thrilled to learn that I had won a copy of this book!

This book centres around Mary DiNunzio, a partner in her own law firm, who is asked to represent a ten-year-old dyslexic boy named Patrick, who has been accused of assaulting his teacher's aide with a pair of scissors. Everything is not as it seems and Mary quickly develops an affection for Patrick who is sorely misunderstood by his
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Zoe
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing, suspenseful, and entertaining!

This story begins with a seemingly simple case of a special needs child who has fallen through the cracks, and quickly evolves into a highly complex story involving an in-depth look into the educational requirements of those suffering from dyslexia, the rights and legalities surrounding foster care, abuse, corruption, and, ultimately, murder.

The writing is well done. The characters are determined, intelligent, and empathetic. And the plot, as well as the
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Angela DeSilva
Received e-mail that I won this book on Goodreads Giveaways today!
Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
3.5 STARS

If you're like me and went into this book expecting a suspenseful, nail-biter of a read you may get a different kind of book than you were expecting. Instead, the suspense aspect plays second fiddle to Mary's personal life and her deep and sudden desire to foster a ten-year-old boy (whom she's known for a matter of days) a mere two weeks before her wedding.

What I appreciated about this book was the great information (without feeling preachy or teachy) that Scottoline provides about
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Shelby Niles
Jul 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Not only was this the worst book I've ever read, but it may be the worst book ever written. We listened to this book on tape, and suffered for 10 hours listening to the narrator do the following:
1.) describe in excruciating detail every single character's wardrobe and appearance (including minor characters who have only one line in the book)
2.) The author felt the audience needed to know every minor detail about the book's different settings, including but not limited to: pictures hanging on
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Darlene
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I'm a relative newcomer to the writing of Lisa Scottoline. I have only read several of her novels but enjoy her Rosato and DiNunzio series in particular. The latest in this series, 'Damaged' caught my attention because of the subject matter. Bennie Rosato and Mary DiNunzio are partners in a Philadelphia law firm which Bennie started herself. The story begin with Mary frantically preparing for her upcoming wedding. Although she is filled with anxiety about completing all of the preparations, she ...more
Amy
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Lisa Scottoline, those that enjoy mysteries, and/or are looking for an engrossing book.
Recommended to Amy by: NetGalley
Shelves: mystery, netgalley
Damaged by Lisa Scottoline grabbed my attention from the first page and I could barely put it down until I was finished. I deal with kids in foster care quite often, so this story of an attorney trying to do right by an abused little boy was of special interest to me. I'm a fan of Lisa Scottoline, but haven't read any of the books in this series (did not realize there were any) before this one and didn't feel lost or that I was missing anything. The backstory on each character was sufficient for ...more
Rheetha Lawlor
First of all, I enjoy any premise that shows what it's like for a student with disabilities to be in school. With that said, though, as an educator, I found it to be a little condescending. Basically, Mary DiNunzio (and I love these books) has taken on a case for a grandfather and a 5th grader who has severe dyslexia. There are 2 cases- one that she is adamant that the school is not doing enough for this now illiterate child, and second that the boy was abused by a teacher. And of course, there ...more
Dawn
Jun 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
*I received the book for free through Goodreads First Read*

I'm not sure what to say about this one, I liked it but was expecting more in the investigation department. I've read Lisa's early work and loved it, so I was really excited to get this one. I liked the overall theme of the story with regards to a child (Patrick) being "lost" in the system (i.e. educational and foster care). I felt this was well written and easily drew you into the story, but I felt the ending was rushed and there could
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Ashley
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Just like the author's last book I read, "Most Wanted," this is much more of a beach read for housewives than it is a thriller like "Every Fifteen Minutes." The conclusion is just too simple and wrapped up in a bow, even drawing in an almost completely new character and a whole new scenario in the last 50 pages to explain everything. I was extremely disappointed in the main character. Just like in "Most Wanted," she starts off seeming like a "power woman" who is intelligent and independent with ...more
Jeanne
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story based on the mistreatment of a child is a bit hard to take; however, the protagonist's actions to help the young boy even though she hardly knows him helps to offset this a bit. The ending was absolutely amazing, raising the rating a bit. Machiavelli needs to be disbarred!! 5 out of 10.
Richard
Way too long and complicated to tell a simple story.
TamElaine
This is my first introduction to Lisa Scottoline's writing, and I'm pretty sure I will be reading more ! This is also the 4th book of the series and is absolutely able to read on it's own which I can attest to, not having read the first three.

It was obvious to me that Lisa Scottoline did her research, not just into the law, but into the care and needs of a child with significant anxiety and different learning needs. I'm so impressed with this aspect of the book.

The writing was smooth and
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Ashley Gillan
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-literature
First things first: This book is fourth in a series, but can be read as a standalone.Some of the story lines continue, but readers can pick up on them quick enough.

"Damaged," is about a lawyer named Mary who gets involved in a straightforward case: A young boy is being denied the special education services he needs to be successful. He was also involved in an altercation with a teacher's aid at school and Mary is representing him.

The case quickly becomes more complicated than it first appears
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
Rating: 4 STARS
2016; St. Martin's Press
(Review Not on Blog)

First of all...what about ANNE??? I get that Mary and Bennie are the partners in the firm, but what about the others getting a chance. We get a bit of a glimpse of Anne but have not really seen her since Courting Trouble.

Now back to the regular review...this book stars Mary and this time she is up against a lawyer who has no problem winning at all costs. As usual, Mary lets things get personal with her young client, by first becoming
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, ...more

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“Mary wondered when law got so complicated that even the lawyers needed lawyers.” 6 likes
“him, but Officer Agabe-Diaz reached him first, then everything seemed to happen at once: The mortuary assistants bumped the gurney against the doorjamb, jostling the black vinyl body bag. The uniformed officers rushed to help them as Patrick came running toward the stretcher, bursting into tears. Officer Agabe-Diaz scooped Patrick up just before he got there, then turned and handed him screaming and crying to Mary, who hugged him as tightly as she could, almost falling onto the couch with him, so he would have a soft place to land as Officer Agabe-Diaz hustled the other police officers, the mortuary assistants, and the gurney out of the house and slammed the door closed behind them. “Pops, Pops, Pops!” Patrick screamed at the top of his lungs, blasting Mary’s eardrums, but she held him tightly, trying to soothe him, telling him it would be okay and holding him on the couch, making him stay so that he didn’t run back to the door and pull it open. She couldn’t hear anything outside over his screaming, but she could see headlights flash outside the window, so she knew the police cruisers were starting their engines and the mortuary assistants were loading the gurney inside the black van. Mary prayed that if she could just hold Patrick on the couch and hug him through the worst thing that had ever happened to him, then he would finally cry himself into a heartbroken sleep. Which was exactly what happened.   CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO” 1 likes
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