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A Book That Educates as it Entertains, April 13, 2010
Matt Lucas, the lawyer of this spirited novel, takes us into the world of domestic abuse and its many consequences. The story takes so many twists and turns that you are riveted the whole time you read it; in fact, I resented real life creeping in (like house cleaning, cooking and answering the phone) when it interrupted my reading : )
As entertaining as the book was, I was educated about a world beyond my comfort zone --- abusive parents, victimized children and the intimate scenes of life on illegal drugs. Any reader of this book will want to be more of a watchdog in his neighborhood and looks for signs of abuse. I predict that it will become required or at least recommended reading in courses on domestic abuse. Five stars for a book that opens your eyes and makes you want to make the world a better place.
SUE McMEANS (The Real Facts, San Luis Obispo, California-)
"I received your book a couple of days ago and it is really interfering with other things I need to do. I can't put it down ….
William Ellis, Col. USAF, ret. (Merritt Island, Florida)
“...very hard to put down….The ending will knock your socks off. A definite must buy and read….”
Roberta Marchant Jennings, High School Teacher (South Carolina)
“LOVED your book. It needs to be made into a movie.”
Peggi Kroll-Roberts, award winning artist (Laguna Beach and Angels Camp, CA).
“Honestly I couldn’t put it down….a great read.”
BK WALKER BOOKS (Howard, Pennsylvania)
" Out of Balance by Michael Arkin was absolutely outstanding. Out of Balance by Michael Arkin is masterfully written and I definitely would recommend this book. Arkin did a magnificent job keeping the enthusiasm from the beginning to the end. I give it ****½ (4.5) Stars ~BK Walker - Author/Reviewer of BK Walker Books, "
Arkin did a miraculous job writing this novel, detailing just what can happen when the judicial system goes "dirty". Out of Balance is in the setting of today, which I loved about this title.
As an astute lawyer fights for the rights of women and children in domestic violence and child abuse cases, Arkin shows just how hard work can be made out as an exasperated waste of time.
When a crooked judge continually rules the cases that come before him favoring the abuser, Mathew Lucas is at his wit's end. When a few murders occur as a result of this particular judge's faulty and unjust rulings, it draws the attention of an award winning journalist.
Linda Lawson works for the Times in San Diego California. She is on vacation when she receives a mysterious letter informing her of the increased domestic violence, child abuse, and deaths encouraging her to investigate. She teams up with Matt Lucas and they investigate into the violence of Maidu County. The closer they get to the truth, trouble stirs themselves and others in danger.
Arkin portrays great transitioning as he introduces his characters. He does a fantastic job keeping the suspense on the surface as the story opens, keeping you yearning for more. As you are indulged to keep guessing as to how the story will unfold, the ending will definitely be a surprise to you.