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Attorney Sabre O. Brown takes on three disconcerting new cases, each with its own illusion: a woman claiming she's been impregnated by a ghost, a threatening parent prone to violence, and a child bride with a heart-breaking First Amendment issue. At the same time, Sabre tries to protect her mother who is dating a suspicious wido≥wer she met on online. In Sabre’s search for Attorney Sabre O. Brown takes on three disconcerting new cases, each with its own illusion: a woman claiming she's been impregnated by a ghost, a threatening parent prone to violence, and a child bride with a heart-breaking First Amendment issue. At the same time, Sabre tries to protect her mother who is dating a suspicious wido≥wer she met on online. In Sabre’s search for justice, she is found near death after a magician’s illusion deviously goes wrong.


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Attorney Sabre O. Brown takes on three disconcerting new cases, each with its own illusion: a woman claiming she's been impregnated by a ghost, a threatening parent prone to violence, and a child bride with a heart-breaking First Amendment issue. At the same time, Sabre tries to protect her mother who is dating a suspicious wido≥wer she met on online. In Sabre’s search for Attorney Sabre O. Brown takes on three disconcerting new cases, each with its own illusion: a woman claiming she's been impregnated by a ghost, a threatening parent prone to violence, and a child bride with a heart-breaking First Amendment issue. At the same time, Sabre tries to protect her mother who is dating a suspicious wido≥wer she met on online. In Sabre’s search for justice, she is found near death after a magician’s illusion deviously goes wrong.

30 review for The Advocate's Illusion

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathi Defranc

    Rights of a Minor vs Church Approved Marriage Another wonderful thriller involving Sabre (children's attorney/advocate) in a fantastic legal drama when a 12 year old girl is quickly married to a much older man. There is plenty of investigation as there are several cases being worked by Sabre and others in her office. Some very tough subjects are handled with aplomb by this author. The characters we meet are very developed and easy to understand just who they are and what they stand for. We see par Rights of a Minor vs Church Approved Marriage Another wonderful thriller involving Sabre (children's attorney/advocate) in a fantastic legal drama when a 12 year old girl is quickly married to a much older man. There is plenty of investigation as there are several cases being worked by Sabre and others in her office. Some very tough subjects are handled with aplomb by this author. The characters we meet are very developed and easy to understand just who they are and what they stand for. We see part of Sabre's personal life as her boyfriend,JP, works as her investigator and her Mom has started dating again. A wonderful addition to the Advocate series, any who enjoy great characters and real to life relationships will thoroughly enjoy this story!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    Teresa Burrell writes a good book! In The Advocate's Illusion, she tackles several tough subjects, including First Amendment Rights, and also has to deal with her mother starting to date. When do religious freedom, free speech and the rights of a minor come into conflict? When an underage girl is forced into marriage with a man much older than she is, against her will. Sabre Brown is handed the case of a minor who is being molested...but her father claims is isn't happening because the child is m Teresa Burrell writes a good book! In The Advocate's Illusion, she tackles several tough subjects, including First Amendment Rights, and also has to deal with her mother starting to date. When do religious freedom, free speech and the rights of a minor come into conflict? When an underage girl is forced into marriage with a man much older than she is, against her will. Sabre Brown is handed the case of a minor who is being molested...but her father claims is isn't happening because the child is married to the offender. Her beau, JP Torn is tasked with uncovering the truth behind the marriage. As if this wasn't enough, Sabre is also given a parental custody case where the father is seeking custody of his three boys...who don't want to live with him. With this on her plate, her brother Ron informs her that their mother is dating. Suspicious about a man that Beverly has met online, she asks JP to do a little background check, and is less than thrilled when he digs up some dirt. When Sabre is almost killed, it is up to JP and Ron to determine which of these cases put her in jeopardy, before the murderer can strike again! With a plot line that hearkens back to recent headlines, Burrell tackles a couple of tough subjects with grace and clarity.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Smkarizona

    Teresa Burrell has done it again. She does such a fantastic job of pulling you in with empathy for the kids that Sabre protects. All of the ancillary characters (the regulars of course, as well as the "baddies" and the kids) are well developed and make you wish they lived next door (well, the nice guys anyway)! This book has a great storyline that brings in First Amendment rights and offers great discussions about religious freedom and asks where the boundary must be drawn when religious rights Teresa Burrell has done it again. She does such a fantastic job of pulling you in with empathy for the kids that Sabre protects. All of the ancillary characters (the regulars of course, as well as the "baddies" and the kids) are well developed and make you wish they lived next door (well, the nice guys anyway)! This book has a great storyline that brings in First Amendment rights and offers great discussions about religious freedom and asks where the boundary must be drawn when religious rights conflict with the safety of children. To say any more would spoil your experience. While you don't have to read the Advocate series in order, from a language and character development perspective, it's great to see how the relationships progress. That's part of the reason I keep coming back...to visit my old "friends". Keep 'em coming Teresa!!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erynn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Where to start? Well, first thing, the author used the word "molest" as a noun the entire time - so much so that I actually started to doubt myself and looked up the word. The dictionary confirmed that "molest" is the verb, "molestation" is the noun. It bothered me and made the flow of reading disjointed. Another issue I took with was the words used by the attorneys while in court. Perhaps where the author is from and in her career they use "detain" to mean placing a child with a foster home/appr Where to start? Well, first thing, the author used the word "molest" as a noun the entire time - so much so that I actually started to doubt myself and looked up the word. The dictionary confirmed that "molest" is the verb, "molestation" is the noun. It bothered me and made the flow of reading disjointed. Another issue I took with was the words used by the attorneys while in court. Perhaps where the author is from and in her career they use "detain" to mean placing a child with a foster home/approved guardian. I've never heard "detain" used in that meaning when it comes to children and placement during abuse/neglect/youth-in-need-of-care cases where I'm at. So that's not something I feel I can take too much issue with, but perhaps the author should have considered using a different word for their readers. This book starts out, after the commonly used "this happens and now let's go back x days" scenario (Sabre Brown collapsed in a magician's box) with talking about three cases where the main character is a children's attorney - the Fowler case (child bride/molestation), the Lynch case (angry-as-all-hell father), and the Parker case (mother impregnated by a ghost, sorry, a spirit). Then it derails from those and goes into the Brown's mother dating someone her children suspect of being nefarious - because the mother met him online. Maybe it's just me, but having them be immediately negative and suspicious about it all in this day and age was disappointing. Of course, adult children want the best for their parents and maybe in the previous novels Brown's mother was taken advantage of (I don't know, this is the only one I've read), so there's good reason for them to jump into investigative action. And, if they didn't, it wouldn't have progressed the story how it was wanted. Now - I'm incredibly disappointed with all the pages and words dedicated to the three cases. Why? Because they were wasted. The whole premise of the story, the main story line, was this black widower that ended up investigating his third wife's disappearance and what really happened to Vanna. None of the characters seemed to realize that JP Torn, the private investigator and boyfriend of Sabre Brown (though he was introduced as her friend to police officers after the magic show incident), was the target the entire time. The assistant went to Torn first and only selected Brown after the magician indicated acceptance of the secondary choice. The brakes to Torn's truck were cut and they immediately thought it was because the perpetrator knew that Brown was staying with him after the magic show. But whatever - that's nitpicking. It just frustrates me that they didn't even consider alternative options. The reason why? Because of the three cases. Back to the three cases. I am beyond incredibly disappointed that there was no conclusion to any of them. The Lynch case was removed from the story because it was given a change of venue - that makes sense to me, however, with Brown's supposed passion, I'm surprised that there was no follow up. I'm also surprised that the attorneys didn't remain as assigned but perhaps I don't know how that legal system works down there. I guess if they were all court appointed lawyers, they wouldn't go with the new venue. Different rules for public attorneys and all that. The Fowler case just ended with "oh, the mom is divorcing the dad". Now, the judge did nullify the child bride situation, but there was more to it that I would've liked to see. Perhaps we don't get to see a satisfying conclusion because the author included far too much exposition on the legal arguments that even I, someone who works in the legal system, skipped over. It felt like a lot of posturing on the author's part (I'm not saying it was, but it came across that way to me). And lastly, the Parker case just ended. They caught "Jim Jones" and that's it. What about the kids? What about the mother who fell off the wagon and was doing drugs? What happened? We don't know. We don't get to know. Not unless my copy was missing several pages of resolutions, that is. Now - this book was okay. I had no expectations going into it because I knew little about it except the brief blurb we're given on Goodreads/Amazon, etc. There was an incident where I almost quit because it described a demurrer twice within the span of a couple of chapters. That irritates the hell out of me - it gives me the impression that the author thinks the readers can't/won't remember what they described (or are too stupid to remember, which I really hope isn't the case) or even got too caught up in everything and forget themselves that they already described it. Good things about this though: the cases were interesting and I wanted to follow them a little bit. Some of the interactions were pretty decent and kept your attention. The main story was resulted and confirmed my suspicions of what was going on (which I have to break away here and say I'm happy that this was one of the few times that I figured out what was going on chapters in advance - usually it's only a few pages or a chapter before the "big reveal"). All in all, this book is okay for what it is.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Denise Zendel

    Sabre O. Brown is an attorney and children’s advocate in the California court system. In book 9 of this well-written legal drama/mystery, she is faced with three different cases that are much more complicated than they initially seem, and which may be related. She’s consumed by her work, which doesn’t leave much time for a personal life, or the fledgling romantic relationship she’s having with her investigator, JP. To complicate the mix, her mother is starting to date again, a man she met on the Sabre O. Brown is an attorney and children’s advocate in the California court system. In book 9 of this well-written legal drama/mystery, she is faced with three different cases that are much more complicated than they initially seem, and which may be related. She’s consumed by her work, which doesn’t leave much time for a personal life, or the fledgling romantic relationship she’s having with her investigator, JP. To complicate the mix, her mother is starting to date again, a man she met on the internet, which raises Sabre’s hackles. Sabre sets JP to investigating her mother’s new beau, a move that has surprising outcomes. I love this series. The plots are always interesting and topical (this one involves a client who thinks she’s pregnant by the very much deceased Jim Jones; a parent who thinks he can control his children and his ex-wife through violence, or threats of violence; and a child bride that no one seems to be looking out for, least of all her pastor father and her abused mother). I like the relationship between JP and Sabre. He’s an old fashioned cowboy/former lawman with a strong sense of right and wrong, a deep affection for Sabre, and some of the best lines in the book (“I don’t care if it hairlips the governor,” and “That man is so low, he has to step up to go under,” and “He’s madder than a bat in a suitcase.”). Sabre is a thirty-something attorney with an equally strong sense of right and wrong and a complete dedication to her craft and the children she represents. Sometimes their work interferes with their personal life, but they are always respectful of each other. I also like the relationship between Sabre and Bob, her bff and work partner. Sometimes they are on the same side, sometimes they are on opposite sides, but they manage to maintain a good friendship despite the challenges. The secondary characters (Sabre’s brother, mother, her new beau, and the courthouse regulars) are more than just cardboard filler to move the plot along. I feel like the characters are people I could spend time with. I received an ARC from the author (this story will be released on March 6, 2018), but bought my own copy because I like this series so much I want to keep a complete set. While you could read this series out of order (the author provides sufficient backstory to make reading smooth), I find this series more enjoyable in order. I like seeing the progression of the relationships. The plot might grab me, but it’s the characters that keep me coming back for more. I feel like Sabre, JP, Bob, and the others are people I would want to hang out with if they were real. If you like legal mysteries with good character development and interesting plots, give this series a go.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lucinda Clarke

    READERS' FAVOURITE REVIEW The Advocate’s Illusion by Teresa Burrell is the ninth in a series all featuring the feisty and loveable Sabre Brown together with her long-suffering boyfriend JP, who doubles up as her private investigator. Ron, her brother is also a part-time member of the team. An interesting twist on the more common legal thriller, Sabre’s specialty is working for juveniles often when Social Services are involved, and in this book, there are three such cases. Nine-year-old Sarah Park READERS' FAVOURITE REVIEW The Advocate’s Illusion by Teresa Burrell is the ninth in a series all featuring the feisty and loveable Sabre Brown together with her long-suffering boyfriend JP, who doubles up as her private investigator. Ron, her brother is also a part-time member of the team. An interesting twist on the more common legal thriller, Sabre’s specialty is working for juveniles often when Social Services are involved, and in this book, there are three such cases. Nine-year-old Sarah Parker is reported as being in danger living with her drug-addicted mother. In the Lynch case, the father, Tod, whose ex-wife with full custody moved away means he cannot visit them and is incensed when he hears she is back on the drugs. He blames Sabre for the situation and threatens her. In the third case, the head of a small church marries his 12-year-old daughter to a forty-year member of his congregation. Does he have the legal right under the First Amendment? The stage is set for some interesting reading as Sabre attempts to get to the truth and argue in court for the best interests of the children she represents. I can give no better praise for The Advocate’s Illusion by Teresa Burrell than to say I shall be looking out for the earlier books in the series, as I would like to read all of them. This was an easy read which kept me turning the pages. The characters – the heroine has a rather unbelievable name – come to life and I was particularly impressed with the natural dialogue which flowed seamlessly. I admit to guessing the end a little early but I had to read on to see if I was right. All the loose ends were neatly tied up with a satisfactory ending. A fun book with a twist on the usual courtroom drama genre and recommended.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    As always, I enjoy the relationships in the stories about Sabre, JP, her friends, and her family. They provide layers to the books in addition to the main stories. There were several stories happening at the same time, but it was very easy to follow the development of each one. The one about the child-bride treated religion with a sensitive touch. It always amazes me how Bob can take on the party in his various cases who always seems extreme/unlikeable. He manages to provide each one with a vigo As always, I enjoy the relationships in the stories about Sabre, JP, her friends, and her family. They provide layers to the books in addition to the main stories. There were several stories happening at the same time, but it was very easy to follow the development of each one. The one about the child-bride treated religion with a sensitive touch. It always amazes me how Bob can take on the party in his various cases who always seems extreme/unlikeable. He manages to provide each one with a vigorous defense even when he completely disagrees with their stances. I found the storyline about "Jim Jones" fascinating, and loved how JP and Ron tracked down this mysterious "space/time traveler." As a parent, I didn't care for the solution to the case of the Lynch children, but I can see how it made sense. I remember my own daughter telling me I shouldn't make friends with people on the internet and then meet them in person (they were teachers, and several are still good friends. But I can see how they would wonder if the people were who they said they were). So I understand why Sabre and Ron wanted to check out Beverly's new flame. The surprise in this is what JP's investigation of this man revealed about other people connected to him---the grandest illusion of all. I received an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    This was a difficult topic and how much legaliness to put in, for Teresa to write about, and she did a great job in doing so. The topic are ones we might read about, but what is the legal rights pertaining to them. As children are the focus in her books, it is hard to read of how some of them do suffer, not knowing what else can be done. In this the main issue was religion, a marriage given in name of God, but not legal by state laws. Of a minor to a man old enough to be her father. You have que This was a difficult topic and how much legaliness to put in, for Teresa to write about, and she did a great job in doing so. The topic are ones we might read about, but what is the legal rights pertaining to them. As children are the focus in her books, it is hard to read of how some of them do suffer, not knowing what else can be done. In this the main issue was religion, a marriage given in name of God, but not legal by state laws. Of a minor to a man old enough to be her father. You have questions where or why did parents allow, did anyone else know and turn them in. She also two other cases to deal with. A good story that will compel you to read to the end of how will this end. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict

    I was lucky enough to be an early reader for this author and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Burrell covers some tough subjects in this book including religious freedom, underage marriage and also online dating. This author takes complex legal arguments and makes them very understandable for the average reader. Sabre does such an awesome job watching out for kids and she's really put through her paces in this novel. If you like criminal justice books or detective novels, this is th I was lucky enough to be an early reader for this author and I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Ms. Burrell covers some tough subjects in this book including religious freedom, underage marriage and also online dating. This author takes complex legal arguments and makes them very understandable for the average reader. Sabre does such an awesome job watching out for kids and she's really put through her paces in this novel. If you like criminal justice books or detective novels, this is the one for you. Each of these books can be read as stand alones, in my opinion, but it's always nice to read the earlier books also. Thanks to the author for a chance to read this novel early. It was very good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I read this as a beta reader. I absolutely love Teresa Burrels Advocate series. She weaves the characters and plot in such a way that keeps you reading until the book is finished. Even if you have to put it down, you are thinking about it, wondering who could be the culprit and what's going to happen to the children, especially since I am a mother/grandmother myself. This book had several cases that had me shaking my head at how could these people be so stupid. I had to remind myself that even t I read this as a beta reader. I absolutely love Teresa Burrels Advocate series. She weaves the characters and plot in such a way that keeps you reading until the book is finished. Even if you have to put it down, you are thinking about it, wondering who could be the culprit and what's going to happen to the children, especially since I am a mother/grandmother myself. This book had several cases that had me shaking my head at how could these people be so stupid. I had to remind myself that even though they were just characters in a book, they could possibly be actual stories in the headlines of the news. Teresa brings these characters to life and you hope that they never do become a reality.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Linda Langille

    Teresa has out done herself yet again with this book. Have had the pleasure of reading her books since the book one, and has been great with the evolving relationships of the main characters over time as well as a few new ones. Nice to see how the main characters care about their clients. A lot of nice twist and turns, as well as many not so nice people that have to be dealt with. Teresa's books are well worth reading! Teresa has out done herself yet again with this book. Have had the pleasure of reading her books since the book one, and has been great with the evolving relationships of the main characters over time as well as a few new ones. Nice to see how the main characters care about their clients. A lot of nice twist and turns, as well as many not so nice people that have to be dealt with. Teresa's books are well worth reading!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dianne Biscoe

    I love this book! The Advocate series always has interesting cases and this book is no exception. Sabre is wrapped up in 3 different and intense cases including one dealing with First Amendment rights of a minor who was forced into a marriage with an older man. The characters (the "regulars" and the new cases) are interesting and believable. Sabre gets injured at the end of the story and the person who did it is not one of the obvious suspects. I love this book! The Advocate series always has interesting cases and this book is no exception. Sabre is wrapped up in 3 different and intense cases including one dealing with First Amendment rights of a minor who was forced into a marriage with an older man. The characters (the "regulars" and the new cases) are interesting and believable. Sabre gets injured at the end of the story and the person who did it is not one of the obvious suspects.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jess Kissir

    Brilliant installment in the Advocate's series! Teresa Burrell knows how to keep you interested in the legal aspects of the story by keeping the legal stuff simple and as a non-lawyer I really appreciate that. She also knows how to touch on a potential controversial topic without being offensive or come off as judgemental. I love this series and this is one of my favorite in it so far! Thanks Teresa for letting me read it! Brilliant installment in the Advocate's series! Teresa Burrell knows how to keep you interested in the legal aspects of the story by keeping the legal stuff simple and as a non-lawyer I really appreciate that. She also knows how to touch on a potential controversial topic without being offensive or come off as judgemental. I love this series and this is one of my favorite in it so far! Thanks Teresa for letting me read it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Another great story!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tere J

    I am a fan of the Advocate series, and continue the spin of Sabre & JP. This didn't really take me any further into the lives of Bob, JP, Sabre, her family - just more cases. This one had a few cases/mysteries going on: - child bride - angry dad - drugged mom - wannabe Jim Jones Let alone, the newness that Sabre's mom is dating - and of course Sabre & Ron being protective of their mom. This book is in need of some edits. I was very disappointed that even the story line of Jim Jones mystery - I mean, it I am a fan of the Advocate series, and continue the spin of Sabre & JP. This didn't really take me any further into the lives of Bob, JP, Sabre, her family - just more cases. This one had a few cases/mysteries going on: - child bride - angry dad - drugged mom - wannabe Jim Jones Let alone, the newness that Sabre's mom is dating - and of course Sabre & Ron being protective of their mom. This book is in need of some edits. I was very disappointed that even the story line of Jim Jones mystery - I mean, it's pretty findable on the internet when that Guyana tragedy happened, and it was not 1986. There were some other edits, 'repeating' information like it was first time the readers were reading it, and I don't mean from past books - from this one. I do enjoy the story, I am not a legal eagle, so when it gets into the weeds about demurs and what has to happen, I do tend to skim over. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER I don't know how far this book is in the future from the past - but the fact that JP is her "boyfriend" was progress. I don't think he had been called that in the past. I'm not looking for a romance, but I also kind of rolled my eyes with JP & Sabre. Ok, she's in her 30s, I get independent, but I guess JP doesn't have a key, since he comes over one night, guess she doesn't want him over because no lights are on downstairs.. But then later toward the end of the book, he and his puppy go in the house thru the garage pad. Again, edits may have caught this 'conflict'. I am not saying they should live together, but then when Sabre asked her brother to live with her, Ron didn't want to cramp her style, where she says JP doesn't sleep in the guest room. The book spans a month - but it's hard to tell what is going on, if it wasn't for Bob and Sabre working. I was pretty shocked where the book would go, because at 75%, most of the book talked about them working, and not the 'details' of the 5 mysteries above. And all of this happens in the past, because chapter 1 is the present, and you get to about the 80% to 'catch up'. So it's wrapped up VERY quickly. That being said, it didn't make any sense what happened to Sabra at the magic show, other than having suspects.. I also respect how Bob & Sabra can be opposed in court, but work is work, and regardless of how they oppose each other. What I struggle, and not in the book, is how an attorney can be disgusted with what their client does, but still defend them. Like Bob did with Fowler.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mwcats

    This is the 9th book of the Advocate's series, and hands down the best! In book 1 we met Sabre Orin Brown, an Attorney in San Diego, CA. Sabre works in the juvenile court system protecting and defending minors from mostly abusive situations. This particular book shows more of Sabre in the courtroom..I was so impressed! Sabre has grown as a character over the course of the series so far, and the journey is still beginning I think. She also has a great group of colleagues, friends, and family that This is the 9th book of the Advocate's series, and hands down the best! In book 1 we met Sabre Orin Brown, an Attorney in San Diego, CA. Sabre works in the juvenile court system protecting and defending minors from mostly abusive situations. This particular book shows more of Sabre in the courtroom..I was so impressed! Sabre has grown as a character over the course of the series so far, and the journey is still beginning I think. She also has a great group of colleagues, friends, and family that are growing also. With each new book these people all become so much more real that it is hard sometimes to realize they aren't. Here we find her up to her shoulders in alligators juggling several major cases. One includes a father with anger issues, one includes a mystery father, and the most compelling, to me, includes an issue of religion and how young is too young to marry? (Do you know, readers, that in California there is no legal age limit for a child to marry if they have parental consent? Wow...consider that.) All this leads to a very long list of suspects when Sabre is found unconcious in a magicians box, onstage, during a live show in what was supposed to be a far between relaxing evening out! There are many winding avenues in this book and I truly doubt you will guess the culprit until the very end. I think my mouth is still gaping. Ms. Burrell is a wonderful writer. Her story lines flow and merge and tie up nicely. She does not use profanity or rely on explicit sexual details to entertain her readers. If you haven't read any of her books, I believe her first one is free right now on Amazon so it would be an excellent time to get acquainted.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Kamada

    I have loved all of the books in the Advocate series, so I was excited when this one was announced since it had been awhile since the last one. I was fortunate enough to even be a beta reader, and I couldn't put it down! Let me say I love Teresa Burrell's writing style. Her books always have a clear, nice flow to them. Her own experience as a lawyer really adds to her stories, because you get a sense of a human element to all her characters and cases in the books. She keeps her language simple en I have loved all of the books in the Advocate series, so I was excited when this one was announced since it had been awhile since the last one. I was fortunate enough to even be a beta reader, and I couldn't put it down! Let me say I love Teresa Burrell's writing style. Her books always have a clear, nice flow to them. Her own experience as a lawyer really adds to her stories, because you get a sense of a human element to all her characters and cases in the books. She keeps her language simple enough though to explain the legalese to us non-lawyer folks in a way we can understand. This particular edition dealt with 3 child cases that were all disturbing in their own ways. Some of these parents make you so mad and my heart aches for these poor children because I know these things really do happen in real life. There are issues like parents using drugs, abuse, and oddly, a case of a religious sanctioned child bride situation. You really feel like you're right there cheering for the main character Sabre as she is fighting to protect these children. This time around we also get to learn a little more about Sabre's mom, and its good to see more of Sabre's brother Ron as well. The story line of Sabre's mom's new beau is an interesting one on its own and I was pretty surprised by the outcome of that one. I would definitely recommend this whole series to anyone who loves mysteries or a good legal thriller.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Sabre tackles 3 cases at once, a child bride whose father married her to an older man, 3 boys who are afraid of their father and his violent outbursts and 2 children whose mother thinks she was impregnated by a spirit. With all these cases going on Sabre and her P.I. boyfriend J.P. haven't had much time together except when working on cases. Add to the mix that her mother has started dating a man she met online and her brother Ron is worried gives you every reason to turn your phone off, put you Sabre tackles 3 cases at once, a child bride whose father married her to an older man, 3 boys who are afraid of their father and his violent outbursts and 2 children whose mother thinks she was impregnated by a spirit. With all these cases going on Sabre and her P.I. boyfriend J.P. haven't had much time together except when working on cases. Add to the mix that her mother has started dating a man she met online and her brother Ron is worried gives you every reason to turn your phone off, put your feet up and just enjoy reading the 9th book in this series. Teresa writes in a style that even though there are several stories going on you are never lost or confused. The stories are wrapped up nice and neat and reading about Sabre and the gang are like old friends coming over to visit. You don't have to start with book one to enjoy this series but I guarantee that once you have read one you will be buying the rest. Even though this book just came out I can't wait for book 10. Thanks Teresa for another good book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Sabre O. Brown, Attorney takes on mostly cases involving children and works closely with Child Protection Services. There are three cases she is working on at one time--boys who have been taken away from their Mom--and the Dad--well--I sure would not want to live with him. She has to try and find a family member where these 2 boys will be safe. Then there is the child bride. Her father is the pastor of a church and married her off to a much older man--the father says that only the church can san Sabre O. Brown, Attorney takes on mostly cases involving children and works closely with Child Protection Services. There are three cases she is working on at one time--boys who have been taken away from their Mom--and the Dad--well--I sure would not want to live with him. She has to try and find a family member where these 2 boys will be safe. Then there is the child bride. Her father is the pastor of a church and married her off to a much older man--the father says that only the church can sanction a marriage--no need for the state--the 14 year old runs away-who is helping her and who will win--the father or the state? Meanwhile her Mom is dating someone she met on line--Sabre and her brother have to make sure he isn't a con artist! Then she and her friend go to a magic show where things go very wrong--who is behind trying to murder Sabre? This book will have you guessing at every turn. There are so many twists it is sometimes hard to keep up with them all. Definitely a book I suggest reading--especially if you are interested in child protection.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    The Advocate's Illusion by Teresa Burrell is a gripping legal drama. Even though this a book 9 in a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. The characters and story are fleshed out well enough that there are no questions about what has gone on before in the lives of the characters. Sabre is a child advocate attorney and this book centers around three different children's cases in which she is involved. The author depicts the situations well and creates a lot of empathy for the chil The Advocate's Illusion by Teresa Burrell is a gripping legal drama. Even though this a book 9 in a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone story. The characters and story are fleshed out well enough that there are no questions about what has gone on before in the lives of the characters. Sabre is a child advocate attorney and this book centers around three different children's cases in which she is involved. The author depicts the situations well and creates a lot of empathy for the children and their situations. Lots of twists and turns to the plot, great characterization, tension-filled suspense, and a little romance to boot--what more could you ask for! I listened to the audiobook version and the narrator, John Bell, did a good job telling the story, which made for an enjoyable listening experience. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Interesting aspects I enjoyed reading about the inner workings of the juvenile court system and the part about religious rights. I think the author went on too long when the lawyers were argueing their case. Her research is showing. The legal debate didn't further the story. I would also prefer JP wasn't such an Aw-shucks type of cowboy. Too many corny similes. It doesn't ring true. I wish the author made the entire plot about the court cases and dug deeper onto them, making us feel more for those Interesting aspects I enjoyed reading about the inner workings of the juvenile court system and the part about religious rights. I think the author went on too long when the lawyers were argueing their case. Her research is showing. The legal debate didn't further the story. I would also prefer JP wasn't such an Aw-shucks type of cowboy. Too many corny similes. It doesn't ring true. I wish the author made the entire plot about the court cases and dug deeper onto them, making us feel more for those characters. She almost made it with the chapters about the 12-yrar old bride. We could have done without the last attempted murder. Still, the story kept my interest for most of the way. I will probably give this author another try.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    This series is one of my favorites, and it still feels fresh and exciting 9 books in. I have always admired Sabre as a heroine, and I am even more in awe of her after seeing how she juggles multiple cases at the same time--particularly with tough subject matters. One of the cases in particular was not easy to read about, but the author handles the subject matter well. The cases are all interesting and have various angles, which are fascinating to read about. I really adore Sabre and J.P. and hope This series is one of my favorites, and it still feels fresh and exciting 9 books in. I have always admired Sabre as a heroine, and I am even more in awe of her after seeing how she juggles multiple cases at the same time--particularly with tough subject matters. One of the cases in particular was not easy to read about, but the author handles the subject matter well. The cases are all interesting and have various angles, which are fascinating to read about. I really adore Sabre and J.P. and hope the next book shows more of their relationship! They just never get old for me! Can't wait for book 10!

  23. 5 out of 5

    B J Galaday

    Another winning series Each and every book in this Advocate series is a collection of the stories of troubled parents, children of those parents, and the efforts made to resolve these cases so that the children are placed in the most productive and safe environmental surroundings them. The author obviously has experience dealing with the courts and helping children in her cases. She then is able to put pen to paper and tell these stories in a way that is interesting as well as informative. While Another winning series Each and every book in this Advocate series is a collection of the stories of troubled parents, children of those parents, and the efforts made to resolve these cases so that the children are placed in the most productive and safe environmental surroundings them. The author obviously has experience dealing with the courts and helping children in her cases. She then is able to put pen to paper and tell these stories in a way that is interesting as well as informative. While each book stands alone, the relationships between the characters do develop and that helps the reader identify with them. But however you read them, DO read them.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Clean legal suspense Another good CLEAN legal suspense...but not quite as good as others by Teresa B. The story started about a 12 yr. Old girl somewhat "forced" into a marriage. However, about 1/2 way thru....the story went into another direction; as Sabre ( childs lawyer ) gets attacked and the story moves onto tfying to capture her assailant ! A bit strange. I like Teresa's writing....the stories flow smoothly with a decent amount of description and reality....along with light romance and famil Clean legal suspense Another good CLEAN legal suspense...but not quite as good as others by Teresa B. The story started about a 12 yr. Old girl somewhat "forced" into a marriage. However, about 1/2 way thru....the story went into another direction; as Sabre ( childs lawyer ) gets attacked and the story moves onto tfying to capture her assailant ! A bit strange. I like Teresa's writing....the stories flow smoothly with a decent amount of description and reality....along with light romance and family issues. I THINK I may have received an ADC copy....but not sure. I have SEVERAL of Teresa's books and enjoy them all !

  25. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Barrier

    This is one of the best Advocate books I have read (and I think I’ve read them all). There are three cases going on, each a unique story within each case. There’s a drug addicted, looking-for-love, gullible mother; a father with a huge anger management problem; and a religious group with some antiquated beliefs. All of these cases are about the children and how the courts protect them. Sabre’s mother starts internet dating and meets a very nice man, or is he? A magic act at the beginning and end This is one of the best Advocate books I have read (and I think I’ve read them all). There are three cases going on, each a unique story within each case. There’s a drug addicted, looking-for-love, gullible mother; a father with a huge anger management problem; and a religious group with some antiquated beliefs. All of these cases are about the children and how the courts protect them. Sabre’s mother starts internet dating and meets a very nice man, or is he? A magic act at the beginning and end of the book gives the book its title.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alisha Henri

    A Surprise at Every Turn I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Advocate's Illusion." The momentum was perfect...a lot of movement, yet perfect moments to pause and consider the issues. The story lines were well described, and the interaction of characters was intense yet real. I felt as if I were living in the story, observing, analyzing, and concerned...one of my requisites for a good book. And I really like the resolution of each story line. Kudos, Teresa Burrell. Another success! A Surprise at Every Turn I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Advocate's Illusion." The momentum was perfect...a lot of movement, yet perfect moments to pause and consider the issues. The story lines were well described, and the interaction of characters was intense yet real. I felt as if I were living in the story, observing, analyzing, and concerned...one of my requisites for a good book. And I really like the resolution of each story line. Kudos, Teresa Burrell. Another success!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    This is the 5th "Advocate" book that I have indulged in. The 1st 4, I read a kindle version and enjoyed each of them thoroughly. This one was an complementary audio version, provided by the author, and I just don't know where to begin. Honestly, the stories in the book are fantastic. No complaints there. What kind of ruined it for me was the narration. The goofy depictions and voices of the characters were at the very least annoying, and for me took away from the story. I'm still giving it a 4 s This is the 5th "Advocate" book that I have indulged in. The 1st 4, I read a kindle version and enjoyed each of them thoroughly. This one was an complementary audio version, provided by the author, and I just don't know where to begin. Honestly, the stories in the book are fantastic. No complaints there. What kind of ruined it for me was the narration. The goofy depictions and voices of the characters were at the very least annoying, and for me took away from the story. I'm still giving it a 4 star review, but would give it a 2 if I were merely rating the narration.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Holly Lenz

    The Advocate’s Illusion is an interesting book about a child advocate lawyer and her young clients. There are several different plot lines in this book including a child marriage, an angry “non offender” dad, a predator drugging women in bars, and a long missing woman. The narrator is growing on me. His female voices can use work, and many of his characters sound like they have a smoking problem, but he does a good job bringing the stories to life. I received a complementary copy of this audioboo The Advocate’s Illusion is an interesting book about a child advocate lawyer and her young clients. There are several different plot lines in this book including a child marriage, an angry “non offender” dad, a predator drugging women in bars, and a long missing woman. The narrator is growing on me. His female voices can use work, and many of his characters sound like they have a smoking problem, but he does a good job bringing the stories to life. I received a complementary copy of this audiobook. This is my honest and voluntary review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Another great mystery by Teresa Burrell! I am never disappointed when reading the next book in this series. This author always comes up with a totally different adventure/crime/mystery for Sabre and JP to figure out. Each book in the series will grab your attention early on and not let go. I also appreciate that it's a good clean crime mystery. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series. Another great mystery by Teresa Burrell! I am never disappointed when reading the next book in this series. This author always comes up with a totally different adventure/crime/mystery for Sabre and JP to figure out. Each book in the series will grab your attention early on and not let go. I also appreciate that it's a good clean crime mystery. Very much looking forward to the next book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anne Stratton

    Another good book in the Advocates Series Kind of hard to keep all the characters sorted out. I follow this author and look forward to the next book. The progressive relationship of Sabre and JP is intriguing and I look forward to seeing it progress. Stayed up late late because I had to discover the surprise ending. Didn't see it coming! Another good book in the Advocates Series Kind of hard to keep all the characters sorted out. I follow this author and look forward to the next book. The progressive relationship of Sabre and JP is intriguing and I look forward to seeing it progress. Stayed up late late because I had to discover the surprise ending. Didn't see it coming!

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