Embittered Justice by Michaela Riley

In book review, Pump up Your Book Promotion, Suspense, virtual book tour on May 26, 2008 at 8:42 am

  • Paperback: 197 pages
  • Publisher: PublishAmerica (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1424197678
  • ISBN-13: 978-1424197675
  • To Purchase, click here.
  • Excerpt from the back of the book:

    Jennifer Campbell is a beautiful, talented woman with ambition and drive to succeed in corporate America.  Moving to Virginia into the tightly knit community of Norfolk was a dream come true, with a house on the beach, family and security for the first time in many years providing the comfort and serenity Jennifer has searched for. 

    All is well, until the fateful day Jennifer received a telephone call.  “Jennifer, go someplace and hide; don’t trust anyone.  You can’t trust the police or internal affairs.  Just go somewhere you can’t be found.  I’ll call you in a few hours.”

     Jennifer thinks she has it all, a new fiance, a house on the beach, and a new career.  Sure, the house needs a little TLC, and the previous owners have caused her nothing but grief (to say the least) but she is finally able to start her new life.  That is, until a UPS package arrives on her doorstep.  After opening it, and seeing that it is filled with guns, she is riddled with doubt on what she should do.  Contact ATF?  Contact the police?  After conferring with her fiance, he tells her to just sit tight and wait for the rightful owner to claim it.  Seeing as how she has no experience in these types of things, she takes his advice and sits tight.  But, why would the homes previous owner be receiving guns at his old address?  And why did he refuse the shipment when it was delivered to his new home in California?  Just to set her up for a major headache?

    What ensues is terrifying to say the least.  You just have to read this one to find out all of the gory details, but let’s just say you may be leary about opening letters or packages that you aren’t expecting, you just never know what path they may lead to.

    Michaela Riley has written a legal thriller that is able to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, waiting to find out which additional twist is waiting for poor Jennifer, the innocent victim in all of this.  Unfortunately, I do believe that the events in this book, although fictional, could very easily happen.  Clients are misrepresented in the legal system all the time, and plea deals are reached in which innocent people are too afraid to stand trial, and instead plead guilty to crimes they didn’t commit in hopes of receiving a reduced sentence.

    About the author:

    Michaela Riley was born in 1960 and grew up in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia in a town that borders the Ohio River and is surrounded by beautiful rolling hills. 

    As a child Riley would spend most of her time reading every book she could carry home from the school library. She admits, “Being a writer was a fairytale for someone else’s life. Then I found a story that needed to be told.”  

    Riley left West Virginia to join the Army in 1981 and quickly realized that the quiet life of West Virginia was very different than the screaming platoon sergeant. She decided early in her military career that she would go to college and that law was her first career choice.  

    During her college years and after completion of her active duty tour during the Gulf War, she supported herself in a variety of healthcare positions. She plans on retiring from the Army Reserves this year and smiles as she says, “It was the best job and career I have ever had. I love my country.”

    Nearly twenty six years later Riley has completed a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in nursing and a Master of Business Administration degree. She has been practicing as a Registered Nurse for almost twenty years and is the CEO of her own Professional Development Company.

    Riley began to pursue writing when she had the misfortune of spending time in a local court room. Research revealed increasing rates of plea bargaining and malicious prosecution. “I have always been an advocate for people in need. When your right to speak for yourself is prevented, something has to be done. The story must be told, everyone has a story. Writing has become something I am passionate about and I am working on two other fiction novels.”

    Riley lives near the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She has a son (born in 1977) and a Labrador retriever.  When not writing, Michaela gardens, cooks, and enjoys the outdoors with her family. Her favorite pastime is spent reading, going to movies or walking on the beach.

    Thanks again to Pump Up Your Book Promotion for the chance to read and review this book.

    1. Sounds like a great suspense novel, plus an author from WV! Thanks for another great review.

    2. This sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Thanks for the great review!


    3. Thank you for review and the posts! It has been a great virtual tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion.


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