Book Review: Breach of Honor

28 Jun

My book club read Breach of Honor, a suspense novel by Janice Cantore. An ex-police officer herself, Cantore provides a unique perspective to her law enforcement characters. The result is a very believable scenario. I anticipate a good discussion tonight.

As a police officer in Table Rock, Oregon, Leah Radcliff puts her life on the line to help others every day. But at home, Leah’s battling her own personal nightmare: Brad, her abusive husband, a fellow officer, celebrated hero, and beloved son of a powerful prominent family. Brad’s violent outbursts and suspicious activities have left Leah physically and emotionally scarred, until one desperate action to put a stop to his abuse results in deadly consequences.

Though public opinion seems ready to convict Leah, Officer Clint Tanner is one of the few to believe she acted in self-defense. As he works with Leah’s attorney to produce the evidence they need, new truths about Brad’s dark side come to light—and reveal a deep-rooted problem in Table Rock. There are some who have breached their sworn duty to serve and protect . . . and they’ll do anything to keep their secret safe.

A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. She now lives in a small town in southern Oregon, where she enjoys exploring the forests, rivers, and lakes with her Labrador retrievers, Abbie and Tilly.

Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. 

Visit Janice’s website at and connect with her on Facebook at

My Impressions:

Breach of Honor was a good reading choice for a number of reasons. It is a credible look at how a woman who kills in self-defense is then convicted and sent to prison. There are a lot of things going on in the novel besides that — criminal activity, corruption at various levels of government — but Leah’s journey from good cop to inmate was what intrigued me the most. Cantore does a great job of exploring domestic abuse. It’s easy to say the victim should walk away from her abuser, but this novel shows how just how complex the issue is. Leah’s spiritual journey is interesting as well. The novel’s timeline is years, not days or months — that really made me think. Leah spent years in prison waiting for her day in court. While most don’t hit bottom in prison, her rejection and then acceptance of God rang true. For those who like twists and turns in their suspense, there are plenty. No one in this book is above suspicion! A romantic thread plays a small part of the novel.

I anticipate a lot of discussion at my book club. There really is a lot to talk about in this recommended read.


Audience: adults.

(I purchased Breach of Honor from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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