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From the bestselling author of Earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy . . . Two years ago, police officer Andrea Brady fell madly in love with a black-muzzled, slightly rumpled German shepherd who showed up at her house one misty autumn day. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expe From the bestselling author of Earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy . . . Two years ago, police officer Andrea Brady fell madly in love with a black-muzzled, slightly rumpled German shepherd who showed up at her house one misty autumn day. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expert K-9 drug sniffer, she's found an unbeatable partner. Then the unthinkable happens. A savage attack leaves a teenager dead and Andie trapped in every cop's worst nightmare. Placed on administrative leave, she's pursued by media and investigated by a deputy sheriff whose handling of the high-profile case could earn him a coveted promotion. Haunted by self-doubt, Andie is in danger of losing everything--her career, her freedom, and the critically injured dog who's her soul mate. But as she finds kind allies in her Puget Sound island community, the road back becomes a journey of healing for both Andie and her canine companion. And Andie learns important lessons about justice--and about Justice--as she struggles to find the courage to forgive herself and reclaim the gift of her life . . .


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From the bestselling author of Earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy . . . Two years ago, police officer Andrea Brady fell madly in love with a black-muzzled, slightly rumpled German shepherd who showed up at her house one misty autumn day. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expe From the bestselling author of Earnest and An Unexpected Grace comes a novel about a woman, a dog, and the hope and love that can emerge from tragedy . . . Two years ago, police officer Andrea Brady fell madly in love with a black-muzzled, slightly rumpled German shepherd who showed up at her house one misty autumn day. Now, with the brave and intuitive Justice as her expert K-9 drug sniffer, she's found an unbeatable partner. Then the unthinkable happens. A savage attack leaves a teenager dead and Andie trapped in every cop's worst nightmare. Placed on administrative leave, she's pursued by media and investigated by a deputy sheriff whose handling of the high-profile case could earn him a coveted promotion. Haunted by self-doubt, Andie is in danger of losing everything--her career, her freedom, and the critically injured dog who's her soul mate. But as she finds kind allies in her Puget Sound island community, the road back becomes a journey of healing for both Andie and her canine companion. And Andie learns important lessons about justice--and about Justice--as she struggles to find the courage to forgive herself and reclaim the gift of her life . . .

30 review for A Healing Justice

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    A Healing Justice by Kristin von Kreisler is a general fiction title that has a bit of mystery to it and a whole lot of emotion. This is the story of one female police officer’s struggle to overcome the aftermath of a shooting. Andrea Brady is a police officer that fell in love with a stray German Shepard that had wandered into her yard. When the owner was no where to be found she adopted Justice herself and began his training program. Two years later the pair were partners at home and on the job A Healing Justice by Kristin von Kreisler is a general fiction title that has a bit of mystery to it and a whole lot of emotion. This is the story of one female police officer’s struggle to overcome the aftermath of a shooting. Andrea Brady is a police officer that fell in love with a stray German Shepard that had wandered into her yard. When the owner was no where to be found she adopted Justice herself and began his training program. Two years later the pair were partners at home and on the job. One night after a particularly long shift Andrea and Justice pull in to find the outside lights out at the house. Justice immediately jumps to attention and corners a man in the yard. Before Andrea knows it Justice is yelping in pain and the man runs and tries to attack her so she pulls her gun and shoots. The story then follows the investigation and aftermath of that night by switching the point of view between Andrea and the investigating officer. Obviously there is a lot of emotional turmoil involved for everyone during the entire read and a bit of mystery to just why everything happened the way it had that night. A completely compelling story that had me engaged from the opening pages and one I’d definitely recommend. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    If it’s a dog book, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to read it. A Healing Justice concerns a K9 team of female officer and her GSD partner who are involved in an officer involved shooting. The book is told from multiple perspectives, not just Andrea’s, but Tom’s, the officer brought in to investigate the incident. Von Kreisler does a good job describing the shock that comes from such a devastating ordeal and the long road necessary for Andrea to truly heal. The book takes place in the p If it’s a dog book, you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to read it. A Healing Justice concerns a K9 team of female officer and her GSD partner who are involved in an officer involved shooting. The book is told from multiple perspectives, not just Andrea’s, but Tom’s, the officer brought in to investigate the incident. Von Kreisler does a good job describing the shock that comes from such a devastating ordeal and the long road necessary for Andrea to truly heal. The book takes place in the present day, so there is lots of controversy about an OIS. The media goes wild. People on the street think it’s okay to go after Andrea. So often we only hear the media painting the police as the bad guys. I appreciated how well Von Kreisler represented the trauma the police face in those few seconds available to make a decision. The book works best when describing how Justice and Andrea relate to each other and work together. But I had real trouble with the author planting thoughts in Justice’s Head. It went a little too far in anthropomorphizing Justice. The mystery concerning why Christopher attacked Andrea lacked suspense. And the revelations could be seen coming a mile off, although how Tom handled the investigation seemed realistic. Overall, a decent but not gripping book. My thanks to netgalley and Kensington Books for an advance copy of this novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    4.5 Stars Yes, I picked this book because of the cover. This is the second book I picked this week because of a German Shepard on the cover. Andrea is a hard working cop with her police dog Justice, a dog she found (or who found her) two years before. One night, they are attacked in their back yard. In a matter of seconds, Andrea has to protect herself and make a split second decision. What happens is a well written, thought provoking, and button pushing story that grabbed me and sometimes made m 4.5 Stars Yes, I picked this book because of the cover. This is the second book I picked this week because of a German Shepard on the cover. Andrea is a hard working cop with her police dog Justice, a dog she found (or who found her) two years before. One night, they are attacked in their back yard. In a matter of seconds, Andrea has to protect herself and make a split second decision. What happens is a well written, thought provoking, and button pushing story that grabbed me and sometimes made my blood pressure rise. And Andrea's life is about to change big time because the attacker was a teenager and neighbor. The story alternates between Andrea and Tom's point of view. Andrea is relieved of duty while the case is investigated. The neighbor who she barely knew stabbed Justice before charging at her with his knife. Then we have to deal with modern reality. The human rush to judgement-by neighbors and the "press". With a few keystrokes, the press has Andrea as the perpetrator and the attacker is now the victim. If its in print, it must be true, right? Even the shell-shocked Andrea has her doubts and questioning her reaction. Tom was iffy at first, Andrea had turned down a date with him a few years before so I hoped he was going to be fair and unbiased. I felt for Andrea who had a good heart and cared about her community as she has to deal with the public and the "victims" parents. Tom comes through and I can't reveal anymore about the whys involved. I really enjoyed the story and just wished there were some things addressed after the conclusions found by the investigation, like some much owed apologies. JMO.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    Yes, I picked this book because of the cover. I am not exactly sure what genre this fits into. It is a detective/K-9 story but there is a mystery, a bit or romance and a lot of self-doubt and deprecation. Andrea is a hard working police detective who works with her K-9 dog, Justice. Justice showed up at her home two years earlier and she worked with him to train him to become a drug sniffing dog. One night when they return home, Justice takes off barking into the woods beside their home. With a Yes, I picked this book because of the cover. I am not exactly sure what genre this fits into. It is a detective/K-9 story but there is a mystery, a bit or romance and a lot of self-doubt and deprecation. Andrea is a hard working police detective who works with her K-9 dog, Justice. Justice showed up at her home two years earlier and she worked with him to train him to become a drug sniffing dog. One night when they return home, Justice takes off barking into the woods beside their home. With a high pitched shriek, Justice is stabbed and the person who did it comes after Andrea. She has to protect herself and make a split second decision. Andrea's life is about to change big time because the attacker was a teenager and neighbor, and she is now being charged with murder in the media and the public. Andrea is relieved of duty while Tom, a deputy sheriff, investigates the event to see if it is a justified shooting or not. The story alternates between Andrea and Tom's point of view. The neighbor who she barely knew stabbed Justice before charging at her with his knife, and she doesn't understand why he would have done this. Then we have to deal with the reality that is the public and the media, the human rush to judgement. With a few keystrokes, the press has Andrea as the perpetrator and the attacker is now the victim. Even the shell-shocked Andrea has her doubts and questions her reaction. Tom worked very hard to remain fair and unbiased, even though there was some history between them. I felt so bad for Andrea. She had so much doubt about her actions and whether or not she made the right decision. She was also heartbroken about the injuries to Justice. She was a good cop, who worked hard to do what is right and she has her heart ripped out. This book brings up a lot of questions about the media and how they spin popular opinion. The issue of victim and perpetrator and who decides which role is which. Death by cop or abuse of power by police officers. There are a lot of things to think about in this book, one that I felt was not really dealt with is the fact that as a K-9, Justice is a police officer, yet that did not seem to be a factor in the unravelling of the shooting. I really enjoyed the story and just wished there were some things addressed after the conclusions found by the investigation. The publisher, Kensington Publishing, generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, opinions and ideas shared are my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Celia Buell

    Free in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Kensington Books for listing. This book was not really as heartwarming or exciting as I was expecting. There was a lot that just didn't speak to me. The premise is a female cop who kills a teenager after he attacks her dog in her yard. As Andrea "Andie" Brady struggles with the legal effects of her actions, she also faces PTSD as she attempts to face head on what she did. The struggle continues as she and her cow Free in exchange for an honest review, courtesy of Goodreads Giveaways. Thank you to Kensington Books for listing. This book was not really as heartwarming or exciting as I was expecting. There was a lot that just didn't speak to me. The premise is a female cop who kills a teenager after he attacks her dog in her yard. As Andrea "Andie" Brady struggles with the legal effects of her actions, she also faces PTSD as she attempts to face head on what she did. The struggle continues as she and her coworkers strive to figure out teenager Christopher Vanderwaal's motive. I will admit that I entered the giveaway for this book because there was a dog on the cover, and the plot was really secondhand at the point when I entered. The plot, as it turned out, was interesting enough, but I didn't feel any connection to the characters or the story. In A Healing Justice, author Kristin von Kreisler just doesn't seem to know a lot about development. Except for maybe the very end, everything was incredibly predictable, and I could figure out what would happen in the characters' lives and even, for the most part, the case. I feel like the budding romance was poorly done. I can't say I'm a romance lover, but I do enjoy books that have (at least) two characters who fall in love by the end. However, the romance was incredibly predictable with few turns, and did not invoke much feeling. That was something I saw in the characters as well. The lack of empathy and even interest that they inspired was a problem for me as a reader. I need books with strong characters who change throughout the story, and though Andie conquers the process of healing throughout the novel, I just don't feel like there's much change for either of our two main characters, Andie and her colleague Tom. In fact, the chapters I found most interesting were either the ones where Tom is investigating Christopher Vanderwaal or when Andie was narrating Justice, the titular German Shepherd's thoughts as he begged for food or pined to go back to work. At least these two characters, even with their nonspeaking roles, had personality. I didn't see this in Andie and Tom. I'm giving this book a three-star rating because I don't tend to go lower than that for books I actually finish. If it was intriguing enough for me to finish it, it's generally worth three stars or higher. However, I am not likely to read this again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Having recently finished “A Healing Justice” by Kristin von Kreisler, I am happy to have had the chance for the preview; thank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation! This story did not receive as many stars from me as I hoped it would. The German shepherd on the cover grabbed me right away, but I did not warm up to the main character, Andie, and her chapters of the story at all. I wanted to sympathize with her situation, but her “woe is me” attitude went on for too long for me. She Having recently finished “A Healing Justice” by Kristin von Kreisler, I am happy to have had the chance for the preview; thank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation! This story did not receive as many stars from me as I hoped it would. The German shepherd on the cover grabbed me right away, but I did not warm up to the main character, Andie, and her chapters of the story at all. I wanted to sympathize with her situation, but her “woe is me” attitude went on for too long for me. She was written as depressed, bitter and angry, and that is how I felt when I was reading her parts of the story. The alternating chapters spent with Tom, the investigating officer, were the most interesting parts of the book for me. His bits of wisdom and observations made sense; he was working toward an answer and trying to find an explanation for the attack. Another “eh” part of the story for me for some reason was when Justice’s thoughts were interpreted in italics as if Andie knew what he was actually thinking. It seemed like filler and a bit repetitive at times. I’m definitely a shepherd fan, but not a total fan of this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I want to thank Kristin Von Kresiler, author and Goodreads First Reads for the copy of A Healing Justice that I won in the Giveaway. A Healing Justice is an exceptional story dealing with a very difficult problem in our society today. A female police officer is attacked at the end of a very long shift by a young man with a knife after he stabbed her service dog, Justice twice and comes at her. She shoots and he doesn't make it. He is a local teen with lots of hidden problems from a dysfunctional I want to thank Kristin Von Kresiler, author and Goodreads First Reads for the copy of A Healing Justice that I won in the Giveaway. A Healing Justice is an exceptional story dealing with a very difficult problem in our society today. A female police officer is attacked at the end of a very long shift by a young man with a knife after he stabbed her service dog, Justice twice and comes at her. She shoots and he doesn't make it. He is a local teen with lots of hidden problems from a dysfunctional home. The emotions were so real with the guilt, the indifferent stepfather and the shattered and hate filled mother of the young man. The investigator was determined to finding the answer to why the young man attacked the officer for no apparent reason. The answer is tragic and was handled with care to respect everyone in the story and it seemed so real. This made it a great book and worth reading, my hundred-year old mother is reading it now and loves it too.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Lane

    I loved this moving, compelling, Well written book about a female police officer, shooting, an armed suicidal, boy, the aftermath, her self doubts, the agony of further persecution by the parents of the deceased. And throw in a dog, named Justice, a German Sheppard stabbed in the attack. Developed characters, achingly authentic. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    Review also found at https://kristineandterri.blogspot.com... **I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! I am a sucker for any book that involves dogs. I am a huge dog lover and I am blessed to have an adorable, lovable, beautiful and slightly sassy golden retriever in my household. It was clear that von Kreisler is as well. This story was filled with as many as I like to term it "dog voice overs" as my household is and I could certai Review also found at https://kristineandterri.blogspot.com... **I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! I am a sucker for any book that involves dogs. I am a huge dog lover and I am blessed to have an adorable, lovable, beautiful and slightly sassy golden retriever in my household. It was clear that von Kreisler is as well. This story was filled with as many as I like to term it "dog voice overs" as my household is and I could certainly appreciate it. While German Shepherds are not necessarily my favorite breed, I can still recognize them as loyal companions. I am not going to dig in to the plot as I feel the book description does a good job doing so. This story is essentially about love, forgiveness and loyalty. It didn't go unnoticed that these are also traits of a canine companion. The reader sees Andie experience a traumatic incident in which there is a death and then all of the subsequent events and emotions that follow in the aftermath. Let me tell you I may have shrieked a little (lot) when Justice was injured as well. I can't really put my finger on what it is that really made me enjoy this story. Yes there is my love of dogs, but there was something else. It may have been how the story flowed, or how the romantic aspect was a backstory as opposed to the focal point or it may just have been von Kreisler's writing style. Whatever it was, I am going to continue to seek out further work from her in the future as this story was a winner for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    In a few minutes, police officer Andrea Brady’s life changed forever. She arrived home one evening after a long work shift, along with her loving K9, Justice, and found someone in her yard. Andie recognized the youth as a boy who lived in the neighborhood, from whom she had once bought a ticket years before. This boy, Christopher, slashed Justice almost to death and started after Andie, who ended up shooting him. When Christopher died enroute to the hospital, the local force began an investigati In a few minutes, police officer Andrea Brady’s life changed forever. She arrived home one evening after a long work shift, along with her loving K9, Justice, and found someone in her yard. Andie recognized the youth as a boy who lived in the neighborhood, from whom she had once bought a ticket years before. This boy, Christopher, slashed Justice almost to death and started after Andie, who ended up shooting him. When Christopher died enroute to the hospital, the local force began an investigation into the incident. Andie no longer had control of her life. The investigating officer, Tom, probed every place a lead took him, but all he found was what appeared to be a “choir boy”—no one could figure out any motive for his actions that night. Finally, Andie was cleared by the force, but the memory of that night lingered on with her, taking on many of the well-known aspects of PTSD and totally affecting her life. Though he had found Andie was justified in her actions that night, Tom continued to look for any explanation about what led to Christopher’s actions that night, until he had just about exhausted all avenues. Then, with some luck, he found clues about what had been going on with Christopher and a possible explanation for his actions. Meanwhile, Andie and Justice continued on with life, trying to figure out themselves what had happened and how to somehow bring some closure to all this. I think this is a fantastic book for any dog lover, as Justice really personifies what I know is a real dog, not some canine character in a book. The author surely knew a lot about dogs and how they act/react and managed to bring it all right into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed the snippets of Justices’ ideas/thoughts as they appeared throughout the story, as they gave me a better picture of how Andie and Justice, in particular, were faring, while helping to fill in cracks and smooth out the story and provided a good insight into their personalities. I did not particularly like the investigating officer Tom a lot, especially at the start of the book, though I am not sure the reader was supposed to like him. There were some hints of a budding romance or even just a friendship between Andie and Tom, but not much. The story really focused on Andie and Justice and their reaction to this incident and their lives trying to reconcile themselves with everything that occurred. The ending was a bit different, a bit of a surprise and one that I have not found in any other book. Kudos to the author for that creativity—and for her ability to tie together this traumatic incident, while providing a good glimpse on a police officer’s life before and after the incident and especially about the bond Andie and Justice shared. This is a book that will stay with me long after reading. I have not read anything else by the author, but, as impressed as I was with her powerful style and story line, I will seek out other works she has written, for I think they will be well worth reading. I also hope this will the start of a series, so she can continue the story of Andie and her canine buddy Justice in other books. I received this from NetGalley to read and review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    A heartwarming story about a policewoman and her K-9 companion. Andrea Brady has been on the San Julian police force for seven years. For the past two years, a German Shepherd that wandered on to Andrea’s yard has become part of her life. No one claimed the shepherd and as dogs had been abandoned before in the area, Andrea kept him and named him Justice…it was love at first sight. After training, Justice has served her and the department faithfully as a drug sniffing K-9 officer. One night a loc A heartwarming story about a policewoman and her K-9 companion. Andrea Brady has been on the San Julian police force for seven years. For the past two years, a German Shepherd that wandered on to Andrea’s yard has become part of her life. No one claimed the shepherd and as dogs had been abandoned before in the area, Andrea kept him and named him Justice…it was love at first sight. After training, Justice has served her and the department faithfully as a drug sniffing K-9 officer. One night a local teenager attacked Andrea and Justice as they returned home and life for Andrea would never be the same. Justice was severely injured in the attack and Andrea is left dealing with the nightmare as she is hounded by the press and others who want her to be at fault. She will have to dig deep to heal with the help of Justice and her department. There is so much heartfelt emotion as Andrea describes the uncertainty she feels as to whether there was anything different that she could have done. She feels guilty for taking a life even though deep down she knows it was the only way for her to survive. I loved the way Ms. Von Kreisler gives Justice a voice in the story…his thoughts about the events that happen adds a sincere touch of humor. Whether you are an animal lover or not (I am), this is an amazing and thought provoking read. I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to give an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  12. 4 out of 5

    Vicky

    This is my first book to read by the author. The main character is woman k9 policewoman. She is divorced with no children and still healing from her divorce. Her dog, Justice means the whole world to her. Then one night her whole world changes. She comes home from a long shift; her outside lights need new bulbs and as she releases Justice, he runs to the wood barking. She hears his cries; he’s been stabbed and a dark figure comes out of the darkness with a knife. He continues to go after her des This is my first book to read by the author. The main character is woman k9 policewoman. She is divorced with no children and still healing from her divorce. Her dog, Justice means the whole world to her. Then one night her whole world changes. She comes home from a long shift; her outside lights need new bulbs and as she releases Justice, he runs to the wood barking. She hears his cries; he’s been stabbed and a dark figure comes out of the darkness with a knife. He continues to go after her despite her orders to stop. Fearing for her life, she shoots and kills him. It turns out to be a teenage neighbor boy. This incident changes this strong, independent woman into a guilt ridden,weak, fearful, all the negatives one can come up with.The investigation leaves her with the possibility of a criminal act and she questions everything about herself. The story goes back and forth between Andie and the investigative cop, Tom. The author is able to evoke a lot of emotion from the reader towards the main character. One wants to yell and say:”wake up; stand strong, and fight back”. With the help of the department’s psychologist, Andie begins to gain insight about herself and is able to stand strong. It’s a thought provoking book and easy reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    The cover of this thoughtful book suggests it's a lighthearted story of a woman and her dog- but it's about more than that. Justice, the dog, is wounded by a teenager who springs from Andy's bushes when the two of them return home after a shift as police officers. The teen, Christopher, then heads at Andy with a knife and she shoots and kills him. This book is about the aftermath. Tom is assigned to do the review; he's a single dad who finally admits to himself that he finds Andy intriguing. He The cover of this thoughtful book suggests it's a lighthearted story of a woman and her dog- but it's about more than that. Justice, the dog, is wounded by a teenager who springs from Andy's bushes when the two of them return home after a shift as police officers. The teen, Christopher, then heads at Andy with a knife and she shoots and kills him. This book is about the aftermath. Tom is assigned to do the review; he's a single dad who finally admits to himself that he finds Andy intriguing. He does not, however, let this influence his investigation, which reveals that the teen who they were initially told was a good boy had more going on than others realized. There are occasional oddities in the syntax here (Put down the gun vice put the gun down springs to mind) but thumbs up for an author who correctly uses a Garrity warning, not once but twice. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is a little deeper than I expected it to be. It's a very good read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Set on San Julian(Bainbridge) Island, Andrea Brady is one of the island's police officers who works with her K-9 Justice, in a community of 12,000 people. Justice had turned up in her driveway and after adopting him, she had him trained for drug detecting. Then one evening she arrives home to find a neighboring teenager skulking in her shrubs. He stabs Justice and then runs at her with a knife. Shots are fired and everything hits the fan. Soon Deputy Sheriff Tom Wolski is assigned to investigate Set on San Julian(Bainbridge) Island, Andrea Brady is one of the island's police officers who works with her K-9 Justice, in a community of 12,000 people. Justice had turned up in her driveway and after adopting him, she had him trained for drug detecting. Then one evening she arrives home to find a neighboring teenager skulking in her shrubs. He stabs Justice and then runs at her with a knife. Shots are fired and everything hits the fan. Soon Deputy Sheriff Tom Wolski is assigned to investigate whether the shooting was justified or not. Andrea had backed out of date with him five years before and he remembers her for that. Will he let that cloud his judgement? Andrea could lose everything over this-career, freedom, and Justice. My hometown of Bremerton in Kitsap County is mentioned several times as well. It was a quick and interesting read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Dixon

    I enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was excellent. The author did a great job letting us see the emotional roller coaster that police officers can go through with their job, especially where it concerns a death. I loved the friendship between Justice and Andrea. As a dog person, and owner of German Shepherds, the photo on the cover of both the audiobook and hardcover drew me in. I loved the comments from Justice. The narrator didn’t make him seem stupid, actuall I enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio version and the narrator was excellent. The author did a great job letting us see the emotional roller coaster that police officers can go through with their job, especially where it concerns a death. I loved the friendship between Justice and Andrea. As a dog person, and owner of German Shepherds, the photo on the cover of both the audiobook and hardcover drew me in. I loved the comments from Justice. The narrator didn’t make him seem stupid, actually he sounded very regal. At first I didn’t care for Tom, but by the end I was rooting for a relationship. All in all, well done. I’ve never read anything by this author before, but will certainly look for more titles in the future.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of A Healing Justice by Kristin von Keisler that I read and reviewed. I did enjoy this book even though I was a bit disappointed by the end. I wish that the author would have wrapped up the relationship between Andrea and Tom and bit better. It was a bit rushed in my opinion but a again that was just how I felt. Overall, this was a good story and it was a sweet relationship between a dog and his handler. I really enjoyed how well that story played out throughout th Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of A Healing Justice by Kristin von Keisler that I read and reviewed. I did enjoy this book even though I was a bit disappointed by the end. I wish that the author would have wrapped up the relationship between Andrea and Tom and bit better. It was a bit rushed in my opinion but a again that was just how I felt. Overall, this was a good story and it was a sweet relationship between a dog and his handler. I really enjoyed how well that story played out throughout the book and how the author kept telling things through Justice's point as well as the human's as well. Overall, this was an enjoyable read and I am giving it three out of five stars.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate Shannon

    This was a giveaway that took me a while to get around to reading it. I kept picking it up and then putting it down before I could start, and then forget where I had placed it. In any event, I finally read it. The book almost radiates the author's love for dogs. Although currently pet-less, I understand that special bond that can form between someone and his/her animal. This was an easy read with characters I wouldn't mind knowing (for the most part--the yucky people are pretty awful.) It's a ni This was a giveaway that took me a while to get around to reading it. I kept picking it up and then putting it down before I could start, and then forget where I had placed it. In any event, I finally read it. The book almost radiates the author's love for dogs. Although currently pet-less, I understand that special bond that can form between someone and his/her animal. This was an easy read with characters I wouldn't mind knowing (for the most part--the yucky people are pretty awful.) It's a nice story of relationships and redemption and realizations. I would read other books by this author. If you love animals, especially dogs, this book will strike a chord.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads for my honest review. I loved the cover of the book, and that is the very first thing that draws me to a book. This was a very easy read. I enjoyed the story line; however, it seemed to take a long time to get to the reason behind why certain things happened the way they did (I don't want to give things away), but I guess sometimes things have to be that way in order to make the book last longer. All in all, a very enjoyable read. I love books wi I received a free copy of this book from Goodreads for my honest review. I loved the cover of the book, and that is the very first thing that draws me to a book. This was a very easy read. I enjoyed the story line; however, it seemed to take a long time to get to the reason behind why certain things happened the way they did (I don't want to give things away), but I guess sometimes things have to be that way in order to make the book last longer. All in all, a very enjoyable read. I love books with dogs in them, and this did not disappoint.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Justice, a German Shepherd, crosses paths with Officer Andrea Brady as a stray. With training Justice becomes Andrea's K9 partner;but Justice is more than a partner, he's is a stabilizing force and confident. When Andrea is involved in a police shooting she struggles. This novel explores the unraveling of a crime scenario and what an officer goes through in an investigation. The title "A Healing Justice" has more than one meaning that will be understood after reading it. Though the book's theme i Justice, a German Shepherd, crosses paths with Officer Andrea Brady as a stray. With training Justice becomes Andrea's K9 partner;but Justice is more than a partner, he's is a stabilizing force and confident. When Andrea is involved in a police shooting she struggles. This novel explores the unraveling of a crime scenario and what an officer goes through in an investigation. The title "A Healing Justice" has more than one meaning that will be understood after reading it. Though the book's theme is serious, there are lighter moments. Most enjoyable was author giving Justice a voice.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jan Crossen

    A Healing Justice was riveting! I was hooked from the moment it downloaded on my Kindle. The plot was interesting and moved along quickly. The characters were complex, realistic, and very likeable. All I wanted to do was read this book! If you love dogs , you'll enjoy spending time with Justice and his person. A Healing Justice was riveting! I was hooked from the moment it downloaded on my Kindle. The plot was interesting and moved along quickly. The characters were complex, realistic, and very likeable. All I wanted to do was read this book! If you love dogs , you'll enjoy spending time with Justice and his person.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I have really enjoyed reading this book. It is a fast read and I had to remind myself that it was fiction because it read so well. Love any story about a dog, but this was so much more than that, it is very believable and interesting. Great story and great read. I won my book from Goodreads Giveaways. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good dog story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Reynolds

    The cover alone could get the 5 star rating! But the story was fantastic. Very insightful! And a very timely subject! I loved everything about this story. This is the first book I've read by this author. You can bet I'll be getting her other books to read. The cover alone could get the 5 star rating! But the story was fantastic. Very insightful! And a very timely subject! I loved everything about this story. This is the first book I've read by this author. You can bet I'll be getting her other books to read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Lewison

    All I have to say is wow. This book just amazed me and I will be looking for more novels from this author. Andie and her K9 are involved in an off duty altercation. The book goes through the motions of will Justice survive. Can Andy live through the guilt?

  24. 5 out of 5

    nancy cashmere

    Disappointing. With a picture of a dog on the cover I thought the book would be more about the dog's actions. Instead the book is about the dog's owner and her problems. I do not recommend this book at all. Disappointing. With a picture of a dog on the cover I thought the book would be more about the dog's actions. Instead the book is about the dog's owner and her problems. I do not recommend this book at all.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Olms

    Great book

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Nuffer

    An exceptional read just like her previous novels! Very current storyline.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

    A wonderful story. A mystery, an informative psychological thriller, and a sympathetic look into the lives of law enforcement people and one drug sniffing German Shepherd Dog. I loved this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jewett

    I like books with dogs. In this one the main character faces a very difficult time and the way she works through it with the help of a psychologist is worth studying for all of us.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dee Flournoy

    Great book for dog lovers. Also a great read about moving on after a tragic experience.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    My son bought this book for me because I love dogs. It was a light and enjoyable read.

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