Robert Whitlow, a practicing attorney in Georgia, has written a legal thriller series, The Tides of Truth, with Deeper Water as the first novel. This series is now complete with the second and third titles being Greater Love and Higher Hope. He has been mentioned as Christian fiction’s John Grisham.
In this first book in the series, Whitlow shares the deep spiritual convictions of law student, Tammy Lynn Taylor, who wins a summer internship in Savannah and ventures far from her protective homeschooled family to experience the challenges of big city law. She is given a case involving a poor fisherman arrested for tying his johnboat to private docks every night. This seemingly simple case for an intern becomes much more complicated and sinister leading Tammy to suspect collusion between senior law partners in a young child’s death. Tammy’s strong convictions generating from a deeply religious family shine through in every situation and are an enlightening aspect of Whitlow’s novels.
Robert Whitlow is also the author of Jimmy, the subject of the previous blog post.
>Jimmy is an ordinary story with extraordinary happenings. Because of Jimmy’s handicap, some of his accomplishments are what might be considered trivial to others. Yet, Mr. Whitlow pulls the reader into each situation Jimmy faces; his fears, trials and his victories. I just wanted to be Jimmy’s friend as I read through this book. The relationships that are built between Jimmy, his parents, his grandfather, his dog and other characters throughout the story are strong and endearing. I would consider this book a gentle read with a little suspense built in.
Asperger’s Syndrome, an autism spectrum developmental disorder in children, is a theme in Jodi Picoult’s newest book, House Rules.
In an interview regarding her choice of topics Jodi shared that a cousin of her’s is autistic, and had become violent in a number of situations when his frustrations were beyond his control. The police had been called several times and he could not communicate his problems. Jodi could see how the legal system breaks down for those who are unable to express their innocence.
Picoult is known for her extensive research into her book topics and this was indeed the case with House Rules. She interviewed six teenagers with Aspergers and their parents and also had thirty-five families answer lengthy questionnaires regarding their reactions to situations, their lives, their hopes and frustrations. Jodi put many of their direct experiences in this book. She has created a riveting story around the Asperger theme. What happens when a murder is committed and someone with extreme communication and developmental issuses is accused? How do police, wardens, judges and lawyers deal with someone that refuses to communicate and appears guilty because of his disabilities? Does our legal system handle such individuals fairly. Jodi Picoult gives us much to ponder.