The Killer left nothing behind but a rosary, a kitchen knife, and a dead man. But the dead man is a friend of Sabre Orin Brown. When his unsuspecting wife is accused of the murder, Sabre will stop at nothing to uncover the truth, even if it means unearthing chilling secrets.
From a San Diego jail to the shady Chicago nightlife, Sabre's search for the true killer forces her to face the question: What do you do when the ones you trust the most are the ones with the most to hide?
©2010 Teresa Burrell (P)2014 Teresa Burrell
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"This great series is now complete!"
I listened to the series out of order. The Advocate's Betrayal is Book 2 of the 7 book suspense series (there may be more in the future). Book 4, The Advocate's Dilemma, is the only novel in the series that does not earn a solid 5 star rating. The series uses several different narrators some of whom are disappointing. The Advocate's Betrayal is the the best narrated but Books 6 and 7 are also very well narrated.
Sabre Brown, a lawyer and child advocate in San Diego, is the protagonist of all books in the series. The repeating characters are her lawyer friend Bob and her investigator JB. There are different antagonists in each of the novels. The genre is legal thriller, but most of the suspense and action are outside the courtroom.
The series has my strong recommendation for all that like mystery, suspense, and legal novels.
You gotta love JP
Sabre is awakened in the middle of the night with a phone call from a good friend Betty, who has just found her murdered husband in their bed. Naturally she rushes to her aid, acting as a friend until she realizes that she should be thinking like the lawyer she is.
Earlier in the evening Sabre, Betty and Sabre's wonderful new boyfriend Luke had all gone to the casino. They weren't together the whole time so Betty doesn't really have an alibi.
The next day Sobs (derived from her initials Sabre Orin Brown) and her work husband Bob, agree to do everything they can do to help Betty, Both .working pro bono .
The characters Sobs and Bob worth with in juvinial court are so well described you want to either hate them, comfort them, or just shake your head in amazement.
Betty isn't very forthcoming with her past so Sabre's investigator JP, begins looking into things. His searches only lead to more confusion.
Nothing is as it seems and that gives the plot more twists and
turns than a carnival ride. The book is one of those books that I couldn't put down. I had to know what happened next. And what mystery would be complete without a surprise ending?
The narrator was excellent. The slight variations in her voice (different characters with a slightly different sound) made for an excellent performance.
"A Fantastic Edge Of Your Seat Legal Suspense"
If I had to sum up The Advocate's Betrayal in three words they would be: authentic, enjoyalable, and thrilling.
The plot kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. There were many unexpected twists. The Advocate's Betrayal was an excellent follow up to Book 1 of The Advocate Series. The characters are all well developed with some added intrigue.
My favorite character performed by Meghan Kelly was Sabre, the female protagonist of this story. She is such a likeable character and easy to identify with.
This was indeed a book I wanted to listen to all in one sitting and almost did.
I absolutely love this series and hope for a Book 3. I love Teresa Burrell's writing and knowledge in this field. She really raised the stakes with this book. I received this audiobook free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
"GREAT SECOND IN SERIES"
Really enjoyed this audiobook. Love the continuing story of Sabre, JP, and Bob in The Advocate Series. Betty's story had so many twists and turns, Lucas was interesting and Sabre's work as a children's advocate is fascinating. Looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
Audiobook provided for an honest review.
"Better than the last"
Yes it was very clear and reader uses different voices very well
All the intrigue and how Teresa has entwined all the chacters
The very beginning where saber was with Betty and she was telling her what happened when she woke up
Love the series I have read all of the books and can't wait for the next one to come out
I enjoyed The Advocate's Betrayal. Although it is the second in the series, enough background was given that I didn't feel like I had to read the first one in order to get to know the characters and the story was standalone.
Overall it was a great story and a great listen. Just a couple points to note: There were parts where the dialogue felt a little stiff and stilted. It wasn't in the narration, but in the content. There was a lot of legal information, medical information, and even background info given in dialogue that felt unnatural. It just didn't feel like that is how people would really talk to each other.
The mystery was topnotch. It kept me guessing to the end, and though I did finally guess it all, it wasn't until it had played out almost to the end. I did feel like the ending was just a tad abrupt. While the mystery was completely solved and there were no missing links or cliffhangers, I felt like the ending allowed for no real closure, especially for Betty.
The performance was, as is usual with Meghan Kelly, wonderful and very entertaining. If I had one bit of observation it would be the voice used for Betty. I found it very whiny and annoying. HOWEVER... that was probably EXACTLY as Teresa and Meghan planned, so I can't really say it was a "problem". :)
I will definitely be looking forward to more books in this series.
"Was a treat"
Top notch feel as if I am sitting right there with the characters this is a book that I will come back and listen to again
"The Advocates Betrayal"
YES!This book was awesome!I wish I'd have read the 1st one 1st...oh well.
This was a fresh take on the girl trying to do good.She's a lawyer for children yet helps a friend out.
When Luke says he loves her and she doesn't kow how she feels about that.
I liked this book a lot.The characters are well written and believable.The narrator does a good job with all the voices.
"A thriller !!!!"
It was easy getting into the book and held my interest from the very beginning. The closer I got to the end, the more I didn't want to put it down. It was a nail biting story
"Pretty Darn Good"
I read - and listened to - Teresa Burrell's "The Advocate" (2009), first in the series, first. It was good, but a little messy: Burrell had a lot of great plot lines and threw them into the same book. It's almost as if Burrell was afraid she wouldn't get the chance to publish another book. The vocabulary was stilted, too: Burrell's a lawyer, and most of her characters sound like they are, too in Book 1.
Burrell got off to a rocky start, but I liked the character of San Diego kid's lawyer Sabre Orin Brown well enough to sign up for Burrell's mailing list at a Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. And that's how I found out "The Advocate" series is on Audible . . .
Book 2 - "The Advocate's Betrayal" (2012) is just plain good. I'm really used to figuring our "who dunnit" pretty early in a legal procedural thriller, but I didn't with this book - and it wasn't because the author as deus popped something into the narrative late in the game. It was just that well plotted. And the dialogue: Sobs, as her best friend calls her, still sounds like a lawyer, because she is - but the non-lawyer characters sound like real, actual people.
The book is set in San Diego, and I know it well enough to know the freeway directions and were on point, as well as the description of the areas in general. It's not a San Diego Zoo/Sea World/Lego Land/Wild Animal Park kind of book, though. It's a working person's San Diego, complete with a description of where to find more than one Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.
The narration on this one was pretty good but - oh, no, please, no sound effects! The first time I heard one, I wondered what had fallen or was falling off my car. That startled and distracted me from what was otherwise a really good experience.
Recommendation: Start with Book 2 first, and then go to Book 1 for the background.
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