Shy and dyslexic, ten year old Patrick O’Brien is a target for bullies. He is sexually assaulted by an aide at his school, an incident that comes to light when the aide sues Patrick and the school district, claiming the child attacked him. Patrick’s grandfather, his only family, hires lawyer Mary DiNunzio.
Damaged is a legal thriller, one of a series. This author was new to me, and even though I read this book out of order, I had no difficulty following the storyline. The novel has just the right amount of backstory, weaving in the main character’s personal story arc along with the main plot of Patrick’s story.
The young boy’s situation tugs at the heart, and there are plenty of smaller mysteries to unravel as the novel progresses. Twists and turns kept me reading, and I was surprised by the final “whodunnit” revelation. All the questions brought up in the story are tied up to conclude with a satisfactory ending.
I listened to the audiobook read by Rebecca Lowman and appreciated her performance.
I plan to check out more of this series. All in all, a good, solid legal thriller/mystery. Recommended.
Minor language, subject matter of abuse of special needs child, death of grandparent, violence (not graphic)