Book Review: Burden of Proof

4 Dec

Davis Bunn has long been one of my must-read authors. His latest novel, Burden of Proof, seals that distinction. A little different from his previous suspense novels, I believe this is my favorite of all time. Highly recommended!


Three weeks after his twenty-third birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother’s life when he was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind replaying the scene of his failure again and again.

But when his brother’s widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother’s death, Ethan is stunned to hear that she and her late husband were involved in a much larger case than he knew–one that threatens the global power structure. As Ethan joins the search for answers, he will enter into his own past–and discover a means of redeeming his future.

Bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn invites you into a world of intrigue as a man held captive by his failure learns how to move forward with hope.

Davis Bunn is a four-time Christy Award-winning, best-selling author who serves as writer-in-residence at Regent’s Park College, the University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom.

Defined by readers and reviewers as a “wise teacher,” “gentleman adventurer,” “consummate writer,” and “Renaissance man,” his work in business took him to over 40 countries around the world, and his books have sold more than seven million copies in sixteen languages.


My Impressions:

As I closed the cover of Burden of Proof, I knew that this book would stay with me for a long while. I have read a lot of Davis Bunn’s novels — all genres — and liked them all, but this one is by the far the best I have read. The complex plotting and characterization, plus the numerous themes and questions arising from it, make it a highly recommended read.

First things first — I wasn’t sure how a book that opens with time travel would go over with my book club. (Burden of Proof is my group’s January 2021 pick.) I needn’t have worried, it has all the things my members love — a gripping story, flawed, yet relatable characters, and enough fodder for a long discussion. Besides the time travel theories and the wisdom of doing such a thing, I anticipate great conversations on the twisting plot, the growth of the characters, and the value of giving and taking second chances. Oh, yes, this book has it all! Even the time and setting are developed to perfectly compliment the narrative. I know I am gushing, but I loved everything about this book.

Burden of Proof solidifies Davis Bunn as one of my must-read authors. I am so glad I get a chance to discuss this book with a group of reader friends. If you choose this book, bring someone along for the journey. You will have to talk about it!

Highly recommended.

Audience: adults.

(I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



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