resilence by ica iova

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I was glad that I had read the prequel, Unsung Victims, before I read Resilience.

For me, Unsung Victims was an outstanding book and it set the stage for Resilience and the ongoing nightmare that Johanna White’s ex-husband, Detective Louis White, continued to cause in her life, even after his death.

In Unsung Victims, Johanna quickly learned that since her husband was one of them, the police brushed aside her calls for help, effectively neutralising any help she could have expected from law enforcement when his behaviour in their private life became frightening and intolerable. When she divorced him, he also used his influence and power to discredit her, turn her children against her and make others, including herself at times, doubt her stability and sanity.

From the first line in Resilience, I understood what Johanna was going through. After four long years of fighting, once again Louis and his lawyer, Melinda Morton, were taking her to court in a bid to gain full custody and push her out of her children’s lives for good.

When Louis didn’t show up in court, I was surprised. But Melinda Morton had been by his side all the way, so it wasn’t unreasonable to think he would have left everything in her very devious, capable hands if he was working undercover on something.

Later, when he was found dead, I wasn’t surprised when the police focused solely on her as the murderer. She had threatened him in a heat of rage and there were witnesses. The members in the department had to have known how acrimonious the divorce and the ongoing battle for custody had been. It would have been a quick and easy assumption.

Johanna knew she needed the best legal representation she could get—someone who would believe in her—who would be unbiased. Preston McLeod came to mind—but would he even take her case? Preston had his own reasons to doubt her, to be biased.

Johanna has needed to defend herself for so long—even representing herself in court; when Preston agrees to take her case she has doubts about his motives, and besides that, it isn’t in her to sit back and let someone else hold the key to her future, without her input.

I really did enjoy Resilience. I love Ica Iova’s writing, but I am giving Resilience 4 stars, rather than the 5 stars I gave to Unsung Victims. This is really hard for me to do, but as a reader and a reviewer I have to be true to myself. FOR ME, there were some things in the story line of this book that just didn’t reach the standards that I have come to expect from this great artist’s work. I don’t want to leave any spoilers so I won’t elaborate.

I encourage all readers to remember that reviews are from one readers point of view.
You may LOVE, Love this book. I enjoyed it, and I still recommend it, but I encourage you to read Unsung Victims before you read Resilience, so you get the most out of the book.

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