The Deposit Slip, by Todd M Johnson

book cover$10,000,000 Is Missing.

Erin Larson is running out of options. In the wake of her father’s death, she found a slim piece of paper–a deposit slip–with an unbelievable amount on it. Only the bank claims they have no record of the money, and trying to hire a lawyer has brought only intimidation and threats. Erin’s last chance is Jared Neaton.

How Far Will One Lawyer Go to Find the Money?

When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and started his own, he never expected the wheels to fly off so quickly. One big loss has pushed him to the brink, and it’s all he can do to scrape by.

And How Far Will Someone Go to Stop Him?

He’s not sure if Erin’s case is worth the risk, but if the money is real, all his problems could vanish. When digging deeper unleashes something far more dangerous than just threats, both Jared and Erin must decide the cost they’re willing to pay to discover the truth.

As much as I love romance novels I also enjoy reading a good drama, and that’s what we’ve got here in this debut by Todd M Johnson. The story begins when Erin is clearing out the safe-deposit box that belonged to her recently deceased father. The documents and photographs she finds don’t surprise her, but the last item in the box does. For what account is this deposit slip and what happened to the money in it? More questions follow as she starts make inquiries. Why will no one tell her anything? Why is she the victim of harassment? Why can she not get a lawyer to take on her case? Jared is willing to evaluate her case and make a decision on whether or not to take it. It means, however, a return to his home town and facing his father. His father embezzled funds from the community many years before, and Jared has never forgiven him for it.

The Deposit Slip takes a while to get going. I had questions and I’m not sure they were answered. For example, what was the tipping point that led to Jared and his mentor leaving a prestigious legal firm? What was bank president, Sidney Grant, up to, and why was he doing what he did? What was the Wheeler trial? I also had to get to know a lot of characters at once and occasionally I confused one for another. The one character that did stand out for me was Jessie, Jared’s assistant, who put up with a lot. She had worked at the same law firm as Jared. What convinced her to leave and join him as he struck out on his own?

Midway through, however, I got really into the novel. It was to the point I had a hard time putting it down in order to get some sleep. I had to know how it would end. I had to know what happened to the money. The pieces started to come together. I was seeing how greed can really do a number on people, and how it damages relationships. Then there was the ending. The way it was written left the way open for a sequel. I could imagine it as the final scene of a movie, just before the credits roll. My final question is: when will Johnson’s next Jared Neaton novel be released?

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: 01 July 2012

Page Count: 368

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Thank you to Bethany House for my free copy of The Deposit Slip, which I received in exchange for an honest review.



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