One of the most inspiring books of the year: "Burden of Proof" by Davis Bunn
The one thing he needs is a second chance. But it's the one thing he can never get--or so he thinks.
A few months before his twenty-first birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life. Adrian was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind rehashing the scene of his failure again and again.
When Adrian's widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother's death, Ethan is stunned. The legal case they were pursuing was more far-reaching than he could have imagined--it could even threaten the global power structure.
Ethan joins the search for answers at the ultimate cost. As he enters into his own past, will he discover a means to redeem the future?
The latest novel by Davis Bunn is just what I needed to end off a year that has felt like it could benefit from an extra dose of inspiration! "Burden of Proof" combines the emotive storytelling that Bunn is known for, with some mind-bending elements normally reserved for his Thomas Locke pseudonym novels. The combination was just what I was looking for!
Filled with fascinating "what-if?" scenarios and woven with themes of redemption, Burden of Proof explores what it would be like if we were given the opportunity to make different choices in life. The novel reveals the emptiness of pursuing our own selfish gains with no thoughts to others, along with the gift that comes when we put the good of others first. Ethan is an admirable character who certainly has his flaws, but the way in which he confronts those flaws left me considering the mistakes I make in my own life and how I could do things differently. The amazing part is that although this novel is crafted with depth and emotion, it fairly zings along with suspense and intrigue at the same time. Although readers are granted moments to breathe and just sit and feel along with the characters, there's no time for readers to be bored, a balance that other authors sometimes struggle to find but one that seems achieved almost effortlessly here.
Davis Bunn continues to be one of my favourite authors, one whose unique perspective on life and vivid imagination results in novels that warm the heart while engaging the mind. "Burden of Proof" is another wonderful addition to his collection, and I award it 5 out of 5 stars.