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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
The Advocate’s Betrayal: The Advocate Series, Book 2 is a legal thriller written by Teresa Burrell. When the phone rang at four in the morning, Sabre Brown didn’t expect good news, but she was still shattered when her friend, Betty, told her that her husband, John, had been stabbed. Betty and John were special for Sabre, more like an aunt and uncle than simply good friends. Her boyfriend, Luke, who was staying overnight at her apartment, was also friends with the couple and accompanied her to their trailer. Betty was alone there, in a semi-hysterical state and covered with blood, but Sabre was concerned to find that Betty had not yet called the police. The police arrived minutes after Sabre called 911, and Detective Gregory Nelson, who Sabre knew from her work as an attorney, was in charge of the case. He was also perplexed by Betty’s failure to call the police and asked her to accompany him to the police station. Sabre realized what an ordeal an official questioning would be for her grief-stricken friend, but, as an attorney, she understood the process that a criminal investigation would entail -- and she was determined to help Betty prove her innocence every step of the way.
Teresa Burrell’s legal thriller, The Advocate’s Betrayal, is the second book in her The Advocate Series; however, new readers will find that the author has included enough background to enable them to enjoy reading this story on its own. I was fascinated by the progression the story took and particularly enjoyed seeing how Sabre, her private investigator and the police work to determine who murdered John Smith. The story also continues the focus on Sabre Brown’s work as an advocate for children and caregivers in the Juvenile Court System and explores the concept of freedom of speech in a compelling manner. This is a well-written and absorbing story I found quite difficult to put down until I had turned the last page. Burrell’s characters are sharply defined and authentic, and her plot is well-constructed and compelling. The Advocate’s Betrayal is highly recommended.