Review – Damaged by Lisa Scottoline

Posted March 2, 2020 by Carole in 2020 Audiobook Challenge, Audiobook, Book Reviews / 11 Comments

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline 
Narrated by Rebecca Lowman
Series: Rosato & DiNunzio #4
Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Date Read: February 13, 2020
Length:  405 pages / 13 hours 35 minutes
Source: NetGalley / Library via Overdrive

One boy. One lawyer. One chance for justice.

Ten-year-old Patrick O’Brien is a natural target at school. Shy, dyslexic, and small for his age, he tries to hide his first-grade reading level from everyone: from his classmates, from the grandfather who cares for him, and from the teachers who are supposed to help him. But the real trouble begins when Patrick is accused of attacking a school aide. The aide promptly quits and sues the boy, his family, and the school district. Patrick’s grandfather turns to the law firm of Rosato & DiNunzio for help and Mary DiNunzio is on the case. Soon Mary becomes Patrick’s true champion and his only hope for security and justice. But there is more to the story than meets the eye and Patrick might be more troubled than he seems. With twists at every turn and secrets about the family coming to light, Mary DiNunzio might have found the case that can make her a true protector, or break her heart…

With Lisa Scottoline’s trademark emotional depth and fast-paced action, the New York Times bestseller Damaged will have readers riveted to the last page as they root for the beloved characters and their fight for justice.

My Review

This was very good!  This is the fourth book in the Rosato & DiNunzio but it reads as a stand-alone novel.  This is one of those series where you can just jump in at any point.  I have read a couple of the previous books in this series and consider myself a fan of Scottoline so I had a pretty good feeling that I would enjoy this one.  I was pulled into this story from the start and was eager to see how things would work out.  I am so glad that I decided to listen to this book.

The story opens with Mary taking on a new case.  At the center of this case is a young boy named Patrick.  Patrick is ten years old and lives with his grandfather, who means the world to him.  Patrick has dyslexia and is not getting the services that he needs in order to be able to learn to read.  He has also been accused of violence against a teacher’s aide.  Unfortunately, this is the beginning of the problems that Patrick will have to face.

Like Mary, I fell for Patrick pretty quickly.  This little guy has not had things easy but he was still such a good attitude.  He was frustrated with school but who could blame him.  It was really hard not to like Patrick and his grandfather.  Mary fought for them very hard and I loved her dedication to the case.  I am not sure that most lawyers would go quite as far as Mary did but it did make the story interesting.  This was a pretty complex case that seemed to get more involved as the story progressed.  There were some pretty exciting moments and a few twists that I did not see coming.

Rebecca Lowman did a fantastic job with the narration of this book.  I think that this is the first time that I have had a chance to listen to this narrator’s work and I really liked her work.  She has a very pleasant voice that I found easy to listen to for hours at a time.  I liked the voices that she used for the various characters and thought that she did a good job adding emotion to the story.  I would not hesitate to listen to more of her work in the future.

I would recommend this book to others.  I really enjoyed this story and thought that it was emotional at times.  I felt bad for Patrick and Mary and wanted to see good things happen for them both.  I look forward to reading more of Lisa Scottoline’s work!

I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley and borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

About the Author

LISA SCOTTOLINE is a New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award-winning author of twenty-three novels. She has served as the president of Mystery Writers of America. She has 30 million copies of her books in print in the U.S., and she has been published in thirty-five countries. She writes a column with her daughter, Francesca Serritella, for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and those stories have been adapted into a series of memoirs. She lives in the Philadelphia area with an array of disobedient pets.

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11 responses to “Review – Damaged by Lisa Scottoline

  1. I really want to read something by this author but I might wait a little bit on this one! I have a ten year old little boy and I think I'd enjoy it more if it wasn't so close to home!

  2. This book looks interesting, and I'm glad that you enjoyed it! :)) I haven't read many legal dramas, although I really enjoyed the Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer series when I was younger.

    claire @ clairefy

  3. Bea

    I haven't read a Scottoline book in years but this sounds like a good one to start up again. Good review. 🙂

  4. I've wanted to try a Scottoline book for a while. I do love a good mystery/crime procedural. I'll have to check if her audios are available at my library. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  5. Excellent review – you make me want to read this one. I read something by this author like a million years ago and can't remember it much but I didn't get farther in the series at that time. Maybe I'll try something again. This series looks newer and I could start it.

    Anne – Books of My Heart