Thursday, August 2, 2018

Review: "Lone Witness" by Rachel Dylan

After hearing wonderful things about Deadly Proof, the first book in Rachel Dylan's Atlanta Justice series, I decided to pick up Lone Witness upon its release. I used to love reading legal thrillers (à la John Grisham), so it was nice to get back into the genre.

She's the Only Witness to a Brutal Crime. Now She Can't Outrun the Target on Her Back.

Prosecutor Sophie Dawson has taken a new role at the Fulton County DA's office, and her first case involves a local bank employee who may be cheating customers. She's determined to bring justice to those who've lost their savings . . . but her life is turned upside down when she becomes the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang. 

With her life at risk, friends and family convince her that she needs protection, and private security guard Cooper Knight is hired as a bodyguard. But as threats escalate, neither Cooper nor Sophie knows whom they can trust. 

Unwilling to back down on either case, Sophie pursues the truth at any cost. But her bank litigation gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from taking the stand. With all sides closing in, steadfast Cooper is the only man she can lean on. But drawing close may be the distraction that costs both of their lives.

Lone Witness is an incredibly engaging, entertaining novel. I really enjoyed the legal aspect of the book, with two simultaneous trials—one where Sophie was the prosecutor, and the other where she was a witness for the prosecution. I found myself surprised by the bank case that Sophie was prosecuting, as I expected that to be "filler," while the main event was the murder trial. But the bank case ended up being more intriguing than it looked at first, and I loved that aspect of the novel.

While the novel is mainly told from Sophie's and Cooper's perspectives, at times the story is told from several minor characters' points of view. This perspective shift was a little too much, in my opinion, and I'm not sure why we needed sections from prosecutor Patrick's and defense attorney Ashley's perspectives. Their subplot was kind of a head-scratcher for me, as I didn't particularly care about them, and I don't know why their journeys were deemed important.

The romance between Sophie and Cooper was fine, if not overly swoon-worthy. That didn't particularly bother me, though, as I was just so interested in the cases! So while this book wasn't perfect, it was really enjoyable, and I'll be looking for more from Rachel Dylan in the future. 4 stars.

Buy the book.

Rachel Dylan was a litigator in one of Atlanta's most elite law firms for over eight years and now works as an attorney at one of the Big Three automobile manufacturers. She is the author of Deadly Proof and four Love Inspired Suspense novels and lives in Michigan with her husband. She is active on social media, and you can visit her website at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for review from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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