I was reading the new issue of People Magazine this week, when I saw that they gave a shout-out to Lisa Scottoline’s new novel, Damaged, out now!
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 and Mary becomes heavily personally involved, perhaps too much, just as she’s getting ready to get married.
There is a bit of a “mystery” element but the main meat the story is in the characters and their journey together. And you really do begin to care about these characters and what happens to them. I and put the book down for the last third. I really loved this book.
This book hits you right in the feels. It’s gut-wrenching at points, from the young boy who is at risk of losing everything, to the family matters which are at the heart of the novel. The emotion is palpable and makes this read very worthwhile.
It’s not for those looking for a high-action thriller, it’s for people looking for a good story about good people. It’s all in those emotions.
I will be reading more from this author and more books in the series, hands down.