Monday, July 9, 2018

Justified by Lawrence W. Gold

Justified
by Lawrence W. Gold

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Brier Hospital
Publisher: Grass Valley Publishing; 1 edition (June 30, 2018)
Publication Date: June 30, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Fiction | Suspense | Domestic Violence
Print Length: 352 pages
Available from: Amazon
Millie Goodheart, the Chief Librarian in Emeryville, California, survived a child’s nightmare; savage abuse at the hands of her father, a brutal violent drunk. She swore, never again, and chose for her life mate Henry, a gentle giant who promised a loving, safe and secure life, but ultimately Millie’s nightmare recurred as Henry changed from savior to abuser.
No person, no woman escapes the residual effects of such violence and Millie eventually reaches the fateful and climactic moment of her life: to surrender or fight back.
When Millie fights back, the DA brings a charge of voluntary manslaughter. 
The issues at Millie’s trial are complex as are the final conclusions. 
Justified by Lawrence W. Gold

Surrender or fight back. How far can a woman who grew up knowing abuse be pushed before she finally finds a reason to push back? Millie Goodheart knew abuse as a child, grew up to marry a man she thought was kind and gentle, but as the children came and he climbed the ladder of success, he became a man who used his size, his hands and his words to brutally tear Mille apart. When he aimed his special brand of meanness on both their children and then the family dog and her pups, Millie knew she could no longer just entertain leaving Henry.

When Millie’s life was on the line, this time she fought back with all of the rage she had held inside, she fought to live and she did, but Henry didn’t.

Now charged with voluntary manslaughter, Millie and her attorney, along with her psychotherapist, Lola Weizman and a team of forensic psychologists must dredge through the evidence, the appearance of intent and Millie’s state of mind to prove she only tried to survive, not kill.

Once again, Lawrence W. Gold weaves a kaleidoscope of intrigue, pain and those pesky what-ifs as we live through the trial, witness behind the scene events and watch a woman under a lifetime of duress slowly devolve, then seem to rally for the sake of her children. In the end, we are left to wonder, was justice served? When is killing JUSTIFIED? When is that moment that pushes a person over the line? Do they ever really come back?

Gritty and emotional, Lawrence W. Gold spotlights an all too common theme of abuse and the limits a human can take. Brilliantly written, tense, intriguing and rife with hot buttons, readers cannot help but cast their own jurors vote, because we lived more than just the courtroom show…

I received a complimentary copy from Lawrence W. Gold!

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