“Bear Is Broken” by Lachlan Smith

“Bear Is Broken” by Lachlan Smith

This was an interesting story. It opens with Teddy, a criminal defense attorney, being shot while eating lunch with his younger brother Leo, also a lawyer who had just passed the bar. Teddy ends up in a coma with a grim prognosis and the book relates the story of Leo’s investigation into who shot Teddy. The police charge the most obvious suspect, a client of Teddy’s. Leo thinks the shooting was intended to send a message to another one of Teddy’s clients.

As the story progresses we learn that Teddy and Leo’s father is in prison for murdering their mother. Teddy has always believed he’s innocent while Leo is sure he is guilty. Leo’s investigation starts to tie back in to his mother’s murder and the motive becomes much more complicated than it at first appears. That’s all I will say about the storyline because I don’t want to spoil it for you.

I liked the story because it kept moving forward at a good pace. There is an aspect of Leo working through his relationship with his brother and the dynamics behind that relationship. However, I didn’t feel like there was a satisfying resolution to any of the issues between the two. There are many references to the father in prison but again there is no resolution to that relationship. I was hoping for more in the ending of the story and was I little disappointed with what the author gave.

Overall it was a pretty good story that kept my interest till the end. I might read another book from this author if I came across one but this is not an author I will be seeking out.

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