Damaged (Rosato & DiNunzio, #4)by Lisa Scottoline

Published August 16th 2016 by St. Martin’s Press

5 Stars

Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author comes the much-anticipated fourth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio thriller series.

Damaged finds Mary DiNunzio, partner at the all-female law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio, embroiled in one of her most heartbreaking cases yet. Suing the Philadelphia school district to get help for a middle school boy with emotional issues, Mary ends up becoming the guardian ad litem of her minor client. As she goes up against Nick Machiavelli, her opposing counsel and the dark prince of South Philly lawyers who will use any means necessary to defeat her, she becomes more and more invested in the case—and puts everything, including her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, on the line.

My Review: This is the fourth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio series and it was one of the best. If you enjoy Legal Thrillers, then this is the book for you. Be warned that this book is also very emotional and a bit of a tear-jerker at some points, but a tough book to put down once you start reading it.

Mary DiNunzio has been hired by a grandfather to advocate as well as defend his grandsonPatrick, a 10 year old boy, who is has dyslexia and anxiety issues. They are being sued by a teacher’s aide saying that Patrick attacked him with scissors. He has quit his job and is claiming that it was fear. The other part of the case is that Patrick has not received an adequate education and he is in grade five, but can not read. He is being teased and bullied by classmates. When Mary gets involved it is determined that Patrick was not only punched in the face by this teacher’s aid, but has been sexually abused by him as well. When Edward ends up dead, the case takes an unexpected turn.

While all of this is going on, Mary is getting ready for her upcoming wedding. Anthony is out of town and Mary has trouble getting a hold of him to discuss the situation. Is there trouble in paradise.

Once again there is an outstanding supporting cast of characters. Mary’s parents are loving, caring parents who support her no matter what and the three Tony’s add humour to the story. Her colleagues have roles in this story with a storyline for John, the newest member of the firm and the only male. A great read and a definite recommendation to those who love legal thrillers as well as family drama and mysteries.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.