Title: Law of Attraction
Author: Allison Leotta
Release Date: October 12, 2010
Rating: 4 out of 5
Anna Curtis is a new prosecutor working in Washington, DC. When she’s assigned the case of Laprea Johnson, she figures it will be just like the other domestic abuse cases she’s handled. But Anna is in for a surprise as this case takes twists and turns she doesn’t expect. If that’s not enough, Nick Wagner, one of Anna’s classmates from law school who has shown some interest in her, is defending Laprea’s boyfriend, D’Marco. Anna does her best to represent Laprea, but events soon spiral out of her control, and Anna is forced to watch everything around her implode.
I don’t read legal thrillers very often, but two things about Law of Attraction really appealed to me. First, I love reading books that are located in my neck of the woods, and this novel is set in Washington, DC. Second, the author, Allison Leotta, is a federal prosecutor who specializes in domestic violence cases, so I knew Anna’s situations and observations would be very real. As a result, I was eager to devour this novel, and ended up doing so in one sitting.
Anna is a very earnest and hardworking attorney, but she quickly learns that eagerness isn’t enough to get her by. She’s forced to face some difficult truths as the novel progresses. She’s genuinely a good person and wants to help, and the hardest thing for her is when she can’t help someone else. It’s a hard lesson, that you can’t save those who don’t want to save themselves, and Anna has to learn it in a very difficult way. I really enjoyed getting to know her character – she was smart, resourceful, and I appreciated her honesty and sense of loyalty.
The domestic abuse in Law of Attraction is definitely difficult to stomach. Laprea is so young, and in such a bad situation. I wanted to reach through the book and give D’Marco just a small taste of what was coming to him. Leotta does a wonderful job with it, never getting too graphic with her descriptions, but giving the readers enough of a taste to disgust them. It’s clear that she really knows her stuff and has experience in this area; Anna’s observations and reactions never seemed out of place or poorly written.
I really enjoyed Law of Attraction. It’s well written and fast paced – this is a book you’ll be aching to finish, so definitely pick it up only when you have sufficient time to devote to it. I really hope this will be the first in a series – Leotta has set up a great main character who still has a lot of fight left in her, so I’d love to revisit her in future novels.