Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Deposit Slip

The Deposit Slip

by Todd M. Johnson

From the back cover:

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 of money on it. Only the bank claims they have no record of money, and trying to hire a lawyer has brought only intimidation and threats. Erin's last chance is Jared Neaton. When Jared wearied of the shady ethics of his big law firm and went out on 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. 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.

My take:

I really enjoyed this book, but found it to be very slow moving for my tastes. That being said, I loved the premise of the story. I found myself wondering if a bank really could hide a deposit (this seemed kind of unlikely to me, as I believe all banks are part of the FDIC). But it was still an interesting thought to ponder. The book reminded me a lot of a John Grisham novel, without the language and immorality. One thing I wished would have been a bit more prominent is Jared Neaton's love interest. Maybe it's because I'm a girl, but I really enjoy reading a good love story. I know this wasn't meant to be a romance, and I'm not trying to make it into one, but I would have enjoyed reading a bit more of the "romantic tension" in the story. I am kind of hoping the lack of it means there will be a sequel. Overall, I really did enjoy this book and give it a "4."

About the author:

Todd M. Johnson has practiced as an attorney for over thirty years, specializing as a trial lawyer. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Minnesota Law School, he also taught for two years as adjunct professor of International Law and served as a U.S. diplomat in Hong Kong. He lives outside Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his wife, his son, Ian, and his daughter, Libby. This is his debut novel. Visit his website at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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