Damaged; Lisa Scottoline
Macmillan Audio - 2016
Rebecca Lowman - narrator
Damaged is a mystery/thriller that held my interest from beginning to end.
In this story Mary DiNuzio is a busy Philadelphia attorney with a lot on her mind. She's about to be remarried and, a new case she's taken on has her emotionally involved. Mary's new client is Edward, a retired veteran who is the guardian of his 10 year old grandson, Patrick O'Brien.
Patrick is a small boy, shy, and dyslexic; he's the perfect target of bullies at school. His grandfather has been Patrick's guardian since his mother was killed in an auto accident. Edward only wants the best for his grandson but, now Patrick has been accused of attacking a teacher's aide. The aide has resigned and is now suing Patrick, his grandfather and the school district. Mary knows quite a bit about special education and disability law so she agrees to take on this case. She quickly discovers that there is much more going on behind the scenes than she could have anticipated for. To say much more might lead to spoilers.
This is a fast paced thriller/mystery with unexpected twists along the way. I enjoyed the writing, the characters and the story even though a few things seemed a bit contrived. I hadn't realized that this novel was book #4 of the Rosato & DiNuzio series but, that didn't detract from my overall enjoyment. The audio was a delight to listen to.