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To defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the To defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…Confronting the town that shunned her as a child, she unearths secrets that some would kill to keep buried. And after her client confesses to the crime, Cass detects a widespread cover-up. If she doesn’t get to the bottom of it soon, the next fatalities may be the ones she loves… Burden of Truth is the first book in series of high-stakes legal thrillers. If you like blood-pumping action, compelling characters, and twisted crime conspiracies, then you’ll love Robin James’s dark tale. Buy Burden of Truth to enter this spine-chilling murder mystery today!


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To defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the To defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…Confronting the town that shunned her as a child, she unearths secrets that some would kill to keep buried. And after her client confesses to the crime, Cass detects a widespread cover-up. If she doesn’t get to the bottom of it soon, the next fatalities may be the ones she loves… Burden of Truth is the first book in series of high-stakes legal thrillers. If you like blood-pumping action, compelling characters, and twisted crime conspiracies, then you’ll love Robin James’s dark tale. Buy Burden of Truth to enter this spine-chilling murder mystery today!

30 review for Burden of Truth

  1. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Paulette Alphas Review

    Title: ➳ Burden of Truth Author: ➳ Robin James ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ღ It has been hot minute me since I sat up to the wee hours to be so engaged in a book such as Murder suspend book. I had somewhat of load of names in the being, but I soon settle in well. Once that was settled I have enjoyed the plot development throughout, ➳The storylines is base in a small town in Michigan. Cass Leary left town ten years ago & never thought she come back.. There was Two hundred & fifty-two miles. The distance between her old Title: ➳ Burden of Truth Author: ➳ Robin James ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ღ It has been hot minute me since I sat up to the wee hours to be so engaged in a book such as Murder suspend book. I had somewhat of load of names in the being, but I soon settle in well. Once that was settled I have enjoyed the plot development throughout, ➳The storylines is base in a small town in Michigan. Cass Leary left town ten years ago & never thought she come back.. There was Two hundred & fifty-two miles. The distance between her old life & her new life. See you know how those small town things go, she lived on the wrong side of town. ➳Some very things happen to Cass Leary in that fancy new life of her, so she return to that one place she thought was safe, that small town in Michigan she once called home. Now she had to rebuild her life again from scratch. ➳Now she is working as court-appointed attorney & lucky for her. She was hand the worst case imaginable. Larry Drazdowski was the town hero. He took the basketball team to the championship 8 times in the last 10 years, & someone murder him ➳I have to admit, I did not have any idea of who the killer was until the end of the book. Overall I would recommend this book. However, there were a few things that I didn't like. The story took a while to develop. Over course of this book there were moments where it seem like the author kinda lost her way from the subject at hand.. But then if you really thing about it , it was her just laying her ground work… it was just me being impatient… ➳This was great beginning to a new series. The author hit this first one out of the park ➳The characters Robin James introduced are very interesting & likeable. Well some of are. The feisty main character Cass Leary you’ll root for her up until the very end. ♥●•I loved the book. The twists in this story just added to the plot. I am looking forward to reading more from this author Reading order 1. Burden of Truth 2. Silent Witness ➦📚 Hope you enjoy this read & also always keep in mind this is just my opinion & my honest review 💕 ➦ 💕 I received an EXCLUSIVE copy of this book in exchange for my honest review of it. 💕 💕 . .**This has not influenced my review.* ** 💕 ✎Paulette Review ❤💕

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Brilliant" I haven't read a book as good as this in months. A new author to me who smashes the legal thriller out of the park. Great characters; a complex story line that hooks you from the start and keeps you turning pages until the dramatic conclusion. Thank goodness there are more to come in this series. "Brilliant" I haven't read a book as good as this in months. A new author to me who smashes the legal thriller out of the park. Great characters; a complex story line that hooks you from the start and keeps you turning pages until the dramatic conclusion. Thank goodness there are more to come in this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    “It’s a funny thing when you sell your soul to the devil,” I said, staring at a point on the wall. “Everyone thinks they’ll be able to outsmart him when he comes to collect.” Burden of Truth is a fantastic read. I was sucked in right from the beginning which was unexpected on my part. You think small towns don’t have their secrets? There sick shite? Well you are wrong and not is at all like it seems here. Welcome to Delphi – Home of the Class B State Championship Men’s Basketball Team: 2005, 2006 “It’s a funny thing when you sell your soul to the devil,” I said, staring at a point on the wall. “Everyone thinks they’ll be able to outsmart him when he comes to collect.” Burden of Truth is a fantastic read. I was sucked in right from the beginning which was unexpected on my part. You think small towns don’t have their secrets? There sick shite? Well you are wrong and not is at all like it seems here. Welcome to Delphi – Home of the Class B State Championship Men’s Basketball Team: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016 – Go fighting Shamrocks! I didn’t know that Shamrocks could fight – anyhoo moving on. Cass Leary has come a long way from being from the eastside of Delphi where her family is at the bottom of the ladder and everyone makes her feel it. She has come back home from Chicago but that is a story for another time. But I am dying to know who and what Killian Thorne is to Cass Leary and thus versa) Cass is a lawyer and she is just getting by and things are about to get worse, thanks to a murder case that she has to take. Aubrey Ames charged with murder of the beloved Coach D in Delphi. Did she do it or didn’t she? Who knows? I was on the fence about this one and that one twist where I thought she could have, I was wrong. That happens once in a blue moon. You’ve got to have worked in this area of expertise to have written a legal thriller like this. This is extremely well written and there is never a boring moment in this book and I was on the edge of my seat trying to guess who the perp was but I didn’t see that one a coming. Book 2 is next!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Val

    There were things I really liked about Burden of Truth and some I didn't. Pros: The plot was interesting and the characters were well rounded. I loved the bond between Cass, her sister, and her brothers. The courtroom portions of the book were my favorite, and the ending of the book was totally unexpected! I feel Robin James has great potential. Cons: The book definitely needed a bit more editing. For example, Aubrey’s hair is described as being in a bun, and then suddenly she's is playing with t There were things I really liked about Burden of Truth and some I didn't. Pros: The plot was interesting and the characters were well rounded. I loved the bond between Cass, her sister, and her brothers. The courtroom portions of the book were my favorite, and the ending of the book was totally unexpected! I feel Robin James has great potential. Cons: The book definitely needed a bit more editing. For example, Aubrey’s hair is described as being in a bun, and then suddenly she's is playing with the end of her ponytail. There was over-emoting, with the protagonist's heart shattering more times than I can count. (I'm currently reading the second book in the series and Cass's heart is still shattering.😜)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    A captivating legal thriller. One of most engaging novels I have read recently. Read it in one sitting. Robin James writing about the legal system is refreshing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    The book didn't start too badly, but it didn't take long for me to struggle with the story. Part of my problem was a lack of understanding of American 'small town' mentality. It also didn't help that the story just seemed to be going around in circles and not getting anywhere. About a third of the way through the real story began to emerge and it became more interesting. I found the beginning of the court proceedings fairly uninspiring as they covered information that had already appeared earlier The book didn't start too badly, but it didn't take long for me to struggle with the story. Part of my problem was a lack of understanding of American 'small town' mentality. It also didn't help that the story just seemed to be going around in circles and not getting anywhere. About a third of the way through the real story began to emerge and it became more interesting. I found the beginning of the court proceedings fairly uninspiring as they covered information that had already appeared earlier in the book, but it did improve and eventually became quite exciting towards the end.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    Burden of Truth! Cass has moved back home after a decade of being in Chicago working for a legal company there. But after a brief case is resolved, she gets handed a case that literally no one wants to touch, defending the person who killed their town’s beloved Coach. But as Cass investigates, she has more questions than answers and when she finally uncovers the truth...it’s worse than she thought. So much intrigue, suspense and danger follows Cass as she investigates the murder to get the truth Burden of Truth! Cass has moved back home after a decade of being in Chicago working for a legal company there. But after a brief case is resolved, she gets handed a case that literally no one wants to touch, defending the person who killed their town’s beloved Coach. But as Cass investigates, she has more questions than answers and when she finally uncovers the truth...it’s worse than she thought. So much intrigue, suspense and danger follows Cass as she investigates the murder to get the truth of what happened and to find justice! I loved this story and as a past legal student, I found it riveting to see terms that I learnt at Law school put into theory but also how the case evolves and takes on a life of its own:) Thank you to Robin for my advanced copy for which I leave my honest review and I willingly will sign up for more books by Robin as this book was just sensational and I want to find out more about Killian and see what case Cass works next😀

  8. 5 out of 5

    Charlette

    5 Star * * * * * !! I read this book in one day. Couldn't put it down. Sadly the subject matter is a true story that plaques cities and towns throughout the world but is mostly swept under the rug to protect the guilty. It's becomes a taboo subject when children speak of it and are threatened if they do by the very people who should protect them. It even happens in churches where we should feel safe to let our children go. The characters are colorful and the plot is like a rollercoaster ride. I g 5 Star * * * * * !! I read this book in one day. Couldn't put it down. Sadly the subject matter is a true story that plaques cities and towns throughout the world but is mostly swept under the rug to protect the guilty. It's becomes a taboo subject when children speak of it and are threatened if they do by the very people who should protect them. It even happens in churches where we should feel safe to let our children go. The characters are colorful and the plot is like a rollercoaster ride. I grew up in a small southern town and could relate to their town and townspeople. Good first book in a series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nan Christine Borton-Smith

    Cass Leary Series is off to a racing start Cass Leary Series is off to a racing start. This is the 1st novel I’ve read by this author and I’m thrilled to have found another great legal thriller author to follow. I try not to write any spoiler type reviews - so do t let the lack of details keep you from grabbing this book-I’m downloading the next one as I write this..it was that good. Cass Leary & supporting characters were well developed and multidimensional as is the story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    M Jeanne

    A well written legal mystery I was drawn to read this book due to the good reviews and because the author is from my home state of Michigan and the story takes place in southern Michigan. I am pleased that it is so well-written and that I didn’t figure out ahead of time all the twists of the story. I will definitely read her other books and recommened this one to anyone who enjoys legal mysteries. I couldn’t put it down.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    Burden of Truth's a captivating, although average legal read, deserving of a 3.5 stars rating. At the center of this story is the murder of a beloved basketball coach, and the small townspeople are too blinded by their adoration for this man, to face the truth of what happened, why it happened. This book was rather a light-weight, but enjoyable nonetheless. It's also noticeable that practically most of the characters, are depicted as flawed, and that was another check in the plus column. I look Burden of Truth's a captivating, although average legal read, deserving of a 3.5 stars rating. At the center of this story is the murder of a beloved basketball coach, and the small townspeople are too blinded by their adoration for this man, to face the truth of what happened, why it happened. This book was rather a light-weight, but enjoyable nonetheless. It's also noticeable that practically most of the characters, are depicted as flawed, and that was another check in the plus column. I look forward to the second book in this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather Martin

    Wow! I did not see that ending! This book started a little slow for me but once I got into it, I couldn’t put it down. As with a first book in the series there’s a lot to learn but this one is worth it. I can’t wait to read the next one!

  13. 4 out of 5

    John W. Dennehy

    This was a solid book with interesting characters and a nice plot that moved along at a good pace. The author has put together a high-quality work, with professional editing. The book is well worth the price options to read it. Well done.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charlene Richards

    Engaging Very engaging story that held my interest throughout reading it. The characters were plausible and the story line was relevant. I recommend reading this book and I will check out the next in the series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heriberto Arredondo

    "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review." Quick spoiler-free plot summary: Cass Leary, an attorney who returned to her little hometown after a decade from being living and working in Chicago, was chosen to defend the 19-year-old girl who was accused of murdering the beloved and popular high school basketball coach. I was impressed with the legal knowledge of the author (Robin James) in this book, and after a quick look at her background discovered sh "This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review." Quick spoiler-free plot summary: Cass Leary, an attorney who returned to her little hometown after a decade from being living and working in Chicago, was chosen to defend the 19-year-old girl who was accused of murdering the beloved and popular high school basketball coach. I was impressed with the legal knowledge of the author (Robin James) in this book, and after a quick look at her background discovered she is an attorney and a law professor. Even though the book has a lot of legal terminologies, the author makes it really easy to understand all of them to a normal non-legal person like me. The story is great, it has great characters, great plot. I didn't know who the killer was until the end, and I loved that. The Narrator (Terri Clark Linden) did a good job, giving the characters appropriate voices and personalities, it's not the best narrator out there, but not bad either. Overall, I greatly recommend this book to the ones interested in legal thrillers. Overall: 4/5 Performance: 4/5 Story: 5/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    This is a legal thriller done as it should be done with great characters, believable dialog and plenty of twists and surprises to keep it suspenseful. It's made even better due to the fabulous narration by Teri Clark Linden. She gives distinctive voices to the characters and handles accents well. And despite this being the first book in a series, the story is complete with no cliffhanger. I look forward to reviewing more books in this series. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at This is a legal thriller done as it should be done with great characters, believable dialog and plenty of twists and surprises to keep it suspenseful. It's made even better due to the fabulous narration by Teri Clark Linden. She gives distinctive voices to the characters and handles accents well. And despite this being the first book in a series, the story is complete with no cliffhanger. I look forward to reviewing more books in this series. NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Beverly Mccollum

    I took a chance when I downloaded this book. I knew nothing of the author but was intrigued by the description. And I wasn’t disappointed. This is book one in the Cass Leary legal series. Interesting read. A real legal thriller/ mystery. Intense courtroom scenes. I look forward to following up and reading future works. Definitely recommend it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    This is a new author to me and one I'll definitely be sticking with. I really enjoyed this. I liked Cass a lot and can't wait to read more of this series. Strange, though, as this one runs to over 500 pages yet the remaining stories are all 200 fewer pages for some reason. I thought I had the killer in this one guessed right and as usual I was wrong....there are quite a lot of characters throughout to contend with and many could've been the "baddie." It makes a change too to read a series based m This is a new author to me and one I'll definitely be sticking with. I really enjoyed this. I liked Cass a lot and can't wait to read more of this series. Strange, though, as this one runs to over 500 pages yet the remaining stories are all 200 fewer pages for some reason. I thought I had the killer in this one guessed right and as usual I was wrong....there are quite a lot of characters throughout to contend with and many could've been the "baddie." It makes a change too to read a series based more around the legal side of things as opposed to the policing point of view. Usually when this occurs the whole story is based in the courtroom but this one isn't. Cass' back story is an intriguing one and no doubt we'll get to learn more about her days in Chicago at some point. I did wonder what on earth she'd done with a decade of earning a top-drawer salary, though....I liked the way she worked with Miranda and Jeanie. She seems to gravitate to these older ladies and I like the respect she accords them as well. Her family dynamics are pretty intriguing and they're none of them perfect which makes them more real. A couple of times I was a bit annoyed that she didn't inform us as to a character's age. We didn't know how old the murder victim was till we were at least halfway done and it was driving me nuts !! Then the suspect's brother was featured and from the way he behaved, etc. I assumed he was maybe 12 years old, but it turned out he was 17 !! Probably a minor annoyance to most people but I like to picture these people in my head and it's impossible to do when you've not been given sufficient material to work with. I did notice one sort of continuity mistake......she was on the phone with Jeanie when an accident happened, yet it was left to a passing good Samaritan to report it.....then in one passage Aubrey gave a statement verbally and then wrote it out but further in did it the other way round ! You'll not enjoy this if bad language offends you but these characters speak how real people speak and that always works for me. I had to look up what witsec meant (and think it needed to be one of those annoying American acronyms so capitalised) and HIPPA/ADA as well aren't "things" here so I had to look them up, too..... She lost a couple of commas, a fullstop and misplaced just one apostrophe that I spotted so that was very good-going. She needed to capitalise Uber, too. Oh, and she used the word purple too much....it sounds a funny observation but I only noticed because it WAS overused. I really liked the ending scene, too......very well done.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claudia Oltean

    Taut Legal Thriller “Burden of Truth” features Cass Leary, a dynamic woman who was a high-powered Chicago attorney until a near-death experience at the hands of dangerous men forced her to run. Her destination is a small town in Michigan, her hometown, as it turns out. It’s a place that holds bad memories and a broken family. On the positive side she reunites with her two brothers. She decides to put out her shingle and her first case is the court-appointed defense of a young girl for first-degre Taut Legal Thriller “Burden of Truth” features Cass Leary, a dynamic woman who was a high-powered Chicago attorney until a near-death experience at the hands of dangerous men forced her to run. Her destination is a small town in Michigan, her hometown, as it turns out. It’s a place that holds bad memories and a broken family. On the positive side she reunites with her two brothers. She decides to put out her shingle and her first case is the court-appointed defense of a young girl for first-degree murder. The victim is a legend, the high school coach who led teams to multiple State Championships. He’s revered by generations of students and the whole, rather insular, community. In trying to mount a defense for her rather fragile client, Cass encounters one obstacle after another and outright hostility from most of the town. And, it turns out things are not what they seem. Author Robin James has written a legal thriller with plot twists and turns that kept me guessing. Equally her book brings to life family dramas, class conflicts, and the unique challenges young women can face in society. James’ telling of the trial was expertly done, and riveting. This is one of the best legal thrillers I’ve read. It’s book 1 in a series and I’m eager to dive into the rest. Highly recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Roy Murry

    BURDEN of TRUTH A Cass Leary Legal Thriller ROBIN JAMES Review by Author Roy Murry Not Perry Mason, but Cass Leary has her act together. She is a litigator who gets the job done. Cass returns to her home town, taking on a murder case of a sports icon. The criminal is a nineteen-year petite young lady who is half the size of the murder victim, who is a six-three-foot, high school basketball coach. Slut is just one of the names of the teen who is going through an emotional rollercoaster ride. She belie BURDEN of TRUTH A Cass Leary Legal Thriller ROBIN JAMES Review by Author Roy Murry Not Perry Mason, but Cass Leary has her act together. She is a litigator who gets the job done. Cass returns to her home town, taking on a murder case of a sports icon. The criminal is a nineteen-year petite young lady who is half the size of the murder victim, who is a six-three-foot, high school basketball coach. Slut is just one of the names of the teen who is going through an emotional rollercoaster ride. She believes another did the deed; she is a victim of sexual assault; she confesses to the murder. Cass Leary must overcome these factors and her emotional baggage, family troubles, and historical background in the big city she practiced law to defend a young girl she believes is innocent. With the whole town against her and the client, the dramatic trial begins with no hope insight - the slut is guilty. The verdict goes to the jury, and then a wrench is put in the case's process, which erupts into chaos. The story layout is well-defined with highs and lows, twists and turns, and an ending that will leave the reader wanting more. The author reveals Cass's next case at the end of this one, and it looks like another page-turner.

  21. 4 out of 5

    P.R.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this. I’m slightly surprised, because I didn’t expect to - sometimes I struggle with crime novels based in the US where the author uses very colloquial terms and doesn’t explain them. This wasn’t a problem here at all, and I found the characters very engaging. This author has a way of describing scenes so well that it’s almost like watching a film. Aubrey (I kept wanting the name to be Audrey, because here in the UK Aubrey is a man’s name) did a LOT of crying, and I could pi I thoroughly enjoyed this. I’m slightly surprised, because I didn’t expect to - sometimes I struggle with crime novels based in the US where the author uses very colloquial terms and doesn’t explain them. This wasn’t a problem here at all, and I found the characters very engaging. This author has a way of describing scenes so well that it’s almost like watching a film. Aubrey (I kept wanting the name to be Audrey, because here in the UK Aubrey is a man’s name) did a LOT of crying, and I could picture her quite vividly. Cass and her family were well drawn, and I look forward to reading future instalments of their story. I’d love there to have been a prequel, because the author gives us tantalising glimpses of Cass’s past - no more said, in case it spoils it for anyone else. As for the other characters, Jeanie is great, and I worried about her a lot. Most of the men appear to be huge in size - I imagine this is normal for the location, haha, but in describing them as such, the author makes it easy for a female reader to feel a chill of fear when/if they turn on Cass. So I’ve given this 5 stars; a read I found hard to put down, which I would read again.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Camden Hoeffner

    Cass Leary is a member of the lower echelons of Delphi's society...if you can call it society at all. She is returned home from a glamorous job to get away from....something...and ends up taking the case of a 19-year-old girl accused of killing the town's beloved basketball and track coach. But there is more to the story than meets the eye. I really enjoyed this book and it was a really easy read. There were some good solid twists and it definitely left me questioning whether or not telling the Cass Leary is a member of the lower echelons of Delphi's society...if you can call it society at all. She is returned home from a glamorous job to get away from....something...and ends up taking the case of a 19-year-old girl accused of killing the town's beloved basketball and track coach. But there is more to the story than meets the eye. I really enjoyed this book and it was a really easy read. There were some good solid twists and it definitely left me questioning whether or not telling the truth always is the right thing to do (hence the title I guess). The characters were really easy to like and attach to and cheer on. The biggest problem I had with the book was the illusions to Cass's prior life without any solid explanation of what exactly happened. There were also tons of references to how her last name gave her a bad reputation in Delphi....but why? That was never clear to me. Maybe because this looks like it is intended to be a series the author will get into it more later....which I sincerely hope she does because as of right now, I don't get it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Judi

    This is one of those books you run into, that you never want it to end. What a thriller this was. If you love courtroom drama, this is definitely the book for you. Cass Leary is coming home. Not where she wants to be but her work in Chicago as a well paid for attorney has ended and the only choice she has is to come home and build a practice. Her Grandfather had left her a house, so at least she has that. Her two brothers still live their, her sister, well they don't know where she is and haven't This is one of those books you run into, that you never want it to end. What a thriller this was. If you love courtroom drama, this is definitely the book for you. Cass Leary is coming home. Not where she wants to be but her work in Chicago as a well paid for attorney has ended and the only choice she has is to come home and build a practice. Her Grandfather had left her a house, so at least she has that. Her two brothers still live their, her sister, well they don't know where she is and haven't for years. Her father, is the town drunk and she has always been shunned and treated as "white trash". Now she has been assigned a high profile case in her town. A young girl is being charged with the murder of the Coach at the local school. The Coach is everyones hero and now Cass is facing the wraith of the town for defending the girl. This is one that you don't want to miss. I didn't guess this ending!! Great book. Not to be missed!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Genschronicles

    [Burden Of Truth by Robin James] 5 stars I absolutely loved this. This book was so well written, from the court room scenes to family drama. I literally have no complaints. Trigger warning there is a mention of rape throughout the whole story. If you like law and order, specifically svu or criminal minds you will definietly like this. It was like I was inside an episode. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she [Burden Of Truth by Robin James] 5 stars I absolutely loved this. This book was so well written, from the court room scenes to family drama. I literally have no complaints. Trigger warning there is a mention of rape throughout the whole story. If you like law and order, specifically svu or criminal minds you will definietly like this. It was like I was inside an episode. Defense attorney Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after leaving her high-paying job in Chicago, she decides to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane Secchiaroli

    Pedophiles This novel is about an attorney, Cass, who returns home after leaving her high powered job in the city. She had left her town because of circumstances surrounding her family. She is assigned a case involving a 19 year old woman accused of killing a much loved coach at the local high school. The townspeople have turned against Audrey the accused woman and turn against Cass as well. Cass decides to take on the case even though the evidence is substantial against her client. The story is Pedophiles This novel is about an attorney, Cass, who returns home after leaving her high powered job in the city. She had left her town because of circumstances surrounding her family. She is assigned a case involving a 19 year old woman accused of killing a much loved coach at the local high school. The townspeople have turned against Audrey the accused woman and turn against Cass as well. Cass decides to take on the case even though the evidence is substantial against her client. The story is about obtaining a not guilty plea for her client even after Audrey confesses to the crime. It is interesting who the antagonist actually turns out to be.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Maarten Mens

    Relevant storyline, pretty good buildup, interesting characters. Unfortunately Robin James weaves an unbearable amount of melodrama into her story. There is literally not one character that doesn't burst into tears at some point. Also there's a lot of back- and shoulder rubbing, chins raised and lowered and other apparently necessary sentimental interactions. Pity, because the story grips you and though the suspense rate is not very high, I did at times find it a definite pageturner. I may give th Relevant storyline, pretty good buildup, interesting characters. Unfortunately Robin James weaves an unbearable amount of melodrama into her story. There is literally not one character that doesn't burst into tears at some point. Also there's a lot of back- and shoulder rubbing, chins raised and lowered and other apparently necessary sentimental interactions. Pity, because the story grips you and though the suspense rate is not very high, I did at times find it a definite pageturner. I may give the second book in the series a try, but if everybody starts weeping at the drop a hat again, that's me gone.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Gill

    Overall, this was a great little find. I don't know when I picked this up, but I just decided to read it. While it is not mind-blowing and will not keep you on the edge of your seat, it moves quickly and has a decent enough story to keep you reading. I don't think the "who done it" is really all that important or interesting in this novel, this is more of a character piece (they are likable and relatable) and a legal piece, but it has enough in it to keep you entertained and focused. I liked thi Overall, this was a great little find. I don't know when I picked this up, but I just decided to read it. While it is not mind-blowing and will not keep you on the edge of your seat, it moves quickly and has a decent enough story to keep you reading. I don't think the "who done it" is really all that important or interesting in this novel, this is more of a character piece (they are likable and relatable) and a legal piece, but it has enough in it to keep you entertained and focused. I liked this one enough that I will move on to the next in the series. The main character, Cass Leary, is interesting and has enough depth that I would like to see her again.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Wilma

    Good book if you like legal dramas and courtroom scenes. Which I do. It was an easy read, somewhat tense and engaging. It's not a seating-at-the edge-of-your-seat, can't-put-down kind of book, but it is well-written, if not very memorable. There were parts of the plot that were a bit predictable. The character of the murder victim and his relationship with the suspect being one of them. There were no big twists or "aha" moments either. I liked the trial chapters the most. If I hadn't had a serio Good book if you like legal dramas and courtroom scenes. Which I do. It was an easy read, somewhat tense and engaging. It's not a seating-at-the edge-of-your-seat, can't-put-down kind of book, but it is well-written, if not very memorable. There were parts of the plot that were a bit predictable. The character of the murder victim and his relationship with the suspect being one of them. There were no big twists or "aha" moments either. I liked the trial chapters the most. If I hadn't had a serious case of Rezkin withdrawal, maybe I would've enjoyed it more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jak60

    Legal thrillers have become overtime a worn out genre, formulaic and repetitive. The promise of Burden Of Truth, from the blurb and the raving reviews, was that of a book that stood out of the pack; so, hoping against hope, I decided to give it a go. It turned out Burden Of Truth is no outlier: it is in fact a very conventional and predictable legal thriller, very careful not to miss out one single cliché of the genre. I must also say the book is indeed very readable, as easy as drinking a glass o Legal thrillers have become overtime a worn out genre, formulaic and repetitive. The promise of Burden Of Truth, from the blurb and the raving reviews, was that of a book that stood out of the pack; so, hoping against hope, I decided to give it a go. It turned out Burden Of Truth is no outlier: it is in fact a very conventional and predictable legal thriller, very careful not to miss out one single cliché of the genre. I must also say the book is indeed very readable, as easy as drinking a glass of water; and as forgettable.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dave Arthur

    Excellent read, one of those books that you want to keep reading, but, more importantly, raises the hackles. You associate with the lawyer, her surroundings etc, and how she is being treated. To be honest I guessed the ending after about 1/4 of the book, but that didn't spoil it for me because I certainly didn't come up with the how, or why. Don't want to ruin it for new readers, so won't say any more, but I DEFINITELY recommend it. I am just starting Book 2 now so I hope Robin keeps the standard Excellent read, one of those books that you want to keep reading, but, more importantly, raises the hackles. You associate with the lawyer, her surroundings etc, and how she is being treated. To be honest I guessed the ending after about 1/4 of the book, but that didn't spoil it for me because I certainly didn't come up with the how, or why. Don't want to ruin it for new readers, so won't say any more, but I DEFINITELY recommend it. I am just starting Book 2 now so I hope Robin keeps the standard up.

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