My review of Enduring Justice by Amy Wallace



A PAINFUL PAST

Hanna Kessler’s childhood secret has remained buried for over two decades. But when the dark shadows of her past threaten to destroy those she loves, Hanna must face the summer that changed her life and the man who still haunts her memories.

A RACIALLY-MOTIVATED KILLER

As a Crimes Against Children FBI Agent, Michael Parker knows what it means to get knocked down. Difficult cases and broken relationships have plagued his entire year. But when the system fails and a white supremacist is set free, Michael’s drive for retribution eclipses all else.

A LIFE-ALTERING CHOICE

A racist’s well-planned assault forces Hanna and Michael to decide between executing vengeance and pursuing justice. The dividing line between the two is the choice to heal. But when the attack turns personal, is justice enough?

My review:

This is definitely my favorite book in the series because it’s closest to my heart. I’ve worked with abused children for two decades and can say for certain that this author has realistically portrayed the struggles the adults who were abused as children experience. Both Michael and Hanna had issues that affected their present lives that they had to work through. Healing is difficult work because you can no longer hide from the pain but have to confront it. Ms. Wallace portrayed that very well.

I loved the theme of affirmation and how crucial it is in the lives of hurting people. Whether it’s in the past or present, affirmation is critical to healing. It builds confidence and is necessary for personal growth. Both Michael and Hanna needed to be affirmed as they dealt with their painful histories. They also needed to forgive not only themselves but the people who hurt them so that bitterness wouldn’t destroy their happiness. The way things were addressed in this story was very healthy. The worst thing you can do when someone finally tells you the painful truth is to throw it back in their face or not believe them. Great message and one that people need to hear!

Enduring Justice is the perfect title for this book because sometimes you have to wait a long time before justice occurs in a situation. The characters were believable and the plot was complex and engaging. The romance was yummy but also had great themes regarding accountability. The issue of trust was fabulously handled as well as the complexities involved in racism. The author had the twisted mindset of bigots and child abusers spot-on. I’ve dealt with both for many years and her portrayal rings true all around. I highly recommend this book.

Enduring Justice was published by Multnomah and released in April 2009.

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