A Matter Of Trust by Lis Wiehl with April Henry; Thomas Nelson ISBN 978-1-59544-903-7

A phone conversation between two friends, Mia and Colleen, is interrupted by a gunshot that leaves Colleen dead. So opens the mystery novel, A Matter of Trust, by Lis Wiehl with April Henry. Recently widowed Mia is the protagonist. Her husband’s unexpected death leaves her a single parent of a four year old daughter and a teenage son. All outward signs of affluence are quickly dispelled when she quickly learns that her husband had hid the fact that they were broke. She was able to get her old job back as a prosecutor and it was because of this she was able to renew her friendship with her former colleague, Colleen.

The District Attorney asks Mia to take charge of Colleen’s murder investigation. She is told she will be working with a detective- one that she has had difficulties with in the past. Her home life is troubled at best. Her daughter wakes screaming and her son is resentful of Mia as she relies on him to assume additional responsibilities. She is concerned her coworkers will resent her as she is a recent hire. She acknowledges that this opportunity could be an important career move, but she fears failure. She puts her fears aside because Colleen was her friend and she accepts the case with the stipulation that she can also work on another case that is close to her heart. She believes the suicide of young boy was as the result of bullying- both physical and through social media. She wants those responsible to be held accountable. Permission was granted and the investigations began.

Pace builds slowly and the narrative is filled with twists and turns. New characters are introduced when least expected and for surprising reasons. The reader watches believable characters struggle with the blows life has dealt them. The book does not feel like fiction and is cleverly written. In my opinion, best of all is that the ending was not at all predictable. I recommend reading this book as it is filled with important messages.

I received this book free from the publisher through BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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