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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. With this graphic serial killer/ courtroom thriller, Retribution (C.J. Townsend Thriller Book 1) by [Hoffman, Jilliane]. Retribution, a legal thriller, is the first novel by Jilliane Hoffman. After being published in January it became a top-three bestseller in the USA and top. Editions. Retribution. eBook Retribution . Jilliane Hoffman · Paperback · Ebook. View more editions. Buy from Buy from – arrow icon.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Retribution by Jilliane Hoffman. Townsend 1 by Jilliane Hoffman. Townsend is a brilliant prosecutor known for keeping her cool even when trying the most horrific cases.

But this case is different.

Retribution (C.J. Townsend #1) by Jilliane Hoffman

She knows what he’s capable of. After all these years she retributiob has the nightmares to prove it. Now she’s walking a fine lin C. Now she’s walking a fine line between justice and revenge. Mass Market Paperbackpages. Published November 2nd by Penguin Group first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Retributionplease sign up.

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Unglaublich gut angefangen, im Mittelteil unglaublich abgeflacht und dann im letzten Viertel noch mal aufgedreht. Eher ein klassischer Krimi mit ein paar Thrillerelementen May 12, Maddy rated it did not like it Shelves: Say it isn’t so: All were criminal acts. She had to be very careful not to take this any further. Hofdman it to say that Goffman was entertained by this book in ways retriibution unintended by the author.

View all 8 jillianw. Kathleen Daly God, ty for all the bad writing examples. Aug 02, Jan I’m going to try this simply because it’s read by a voice I like – plan to skip over the rape business. I’ll give it a chance. Dec 25, Mar 18, Wendy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Retribution is a fascinating debut novel! I was hooked from the first page to the very end. Set in NYC, law student C. Townsend survives a brutal rape and disfigurement committed by a masked intruder who is never caught.

Unable to put it behind her she moves to Miami and takes a job at the State Attorney’s office where her past comes back to haunt ertribution. View all 6 comments. This is a remarkable debut novel. Not everyone can stomach the horrors that were perpetrated on her, but from that moment on, I understood her motivation.


The character was well written, and I felt her fear, paranoia, anger and loss of control. This book was not a white-knuckle page turner; it slowly and methodically revealed the story and its surprises. It is also a sad, but perhaps realistic, commentary on our law enforcement a This is a remarkable debut novel.

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It is also a sad, but perhaps realistic, commentary on our law enforcement and legal systems. I think readers of this book will have to judge for themselves what is right and what is wrong.

View all 4 comments. Jilliane Hoffman, Retribution Putnam, It’s not often that a single book causes me to put aside everything else I’m reading to concentrate on it. I got my copy of Retribution in the mail, and started paging through it about half an hour later.

Thirty-six hours later, with little food and sleep in the interim, I’d finished it, having put aside the other books in the queue to concentrate solely on Jilliane Hoffman’s debut novel. Some books are best summed up with the same “what if?

Such is the premise of Retribution. Townsend, an Assistant District Attorney in Miami, was raped and tortured inwhile still in law school in New York, by an assailant she knows only as The Clown. He left her for dead; she survived, and a nervous breakdown and twelve years of therapy later, she’s relocated to south Florida, changed her name, and managed to erase her past. Then a man is pulled over for a routine traffic stop, and in the trunk of his car is found the tenth victim of the serial killer known as Cupid.

Many of the details of the case are all too well-known to Townsend, for they remind her of her own violation so many years before. Then, in court, she sees a distinctive scar her rapist had, and knows she’s prosecuting her own assailant Hoffman, an ex-Florida ADA herself begging the autobiographical question, of coursedelivers the goods in her debut novel. She gives us a well-drawn and engaging cast of characters, a fabulous plot, and almost perfect pacing.

The novel rarely slows, and when it does, it picks back up again promptly. While it lacks the onion-like layers of mystery of, say, Erin Hart’s recent debut Haunted Ground, Hoffman zeroes in on the simpler mystery she supplies us here and relies on the ethical subtexts for layering; when the prosecutor knows the defendant in such a way, does the case become prosecution or persecution?

And how will keeping all the necessary secrets affect Townsend’s life, and the lives of those around her, especially in a case where everyone knows the media will be digging so far into it that someone’s bound to turn something up? It’s probably not the greatest of form to describe a book with a January release date as great summer reading, but that’s exactly what Retribution is.

The ending does go a bit over the top. But it’s such a fine rollercoaster ride we’ll forgive Ms. Hoffman the stock serial killer climax.

Oh, and one other great thing about those twists and turns-just when you think you’ve figured out the end of the novel, Hoffman springs what you just figured out on you in the next few pages. The revelations of various bits of information throughout are as well-constructed as they are in a Retributioon Nakata film, leaving the reader wondering what’s coming around the next turn.


Jilliane Hoffman is going places. Hahaha, don’t bother with this juvenile mess. What a vapid offering.

The writing was terrible, it was a bad book. Also, there was no mystery there to speak of. Anyone who has ever read a book or two, or is familiar with a working of a simple mystery novel, would be able to figure out who the increasingly cartoonish killer is.

Plus, I think Hoffman hoffmxn to see someone professionally. Almost every character, cardboard as they were, was overly sexual. Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with tha Hahaha, don’t bother with this juvenile mess. Now there is nothing necessarily wrong with that. We are sexual beings after all, and sex in books humanize otherwise fictional characters, it makes us see them as humans.

But there are other ways of characterizations. There are other things in life, better things, more tangible things. Trust me, sex is way overrated. Also, never trust anyone who says trust me.

You are all so gullible, hehe. Now quasi-erotica is not a bad thing in itself, it can serve a purpose and might work too. Just the end result here is unintentionally hilarious, the writing really laughable. You look at the author, she seems like a sweet old lady, you wouldn’t think she’d be so sex-crazed. I wouldn’t want to call her a nymphomaniac, that’s derogatory, Kongos’s Egomaniac, sure, but not a nymphomaniac.

Everyone should be able hofgman express themselves sexually without being shamed for it.

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Just, the author needs help. The main baddie did something to one of his poor victims, something that years later, I found out had an actual name.

I am not clutching at my pearls, it was just so egregiously shocking and in very poor taste. Not to mention so jilliame unnecessary that it stood out for me. So when recently, I came across the terminology, its meaning in the Urban Dic and thought to myself, so that’s what he did. Like I said, the author needs to see someone. Avoid these safe books, maybe if enough of us did that, the publishers would stop spewing out these low-quality contemporary novels.

Last words, final thoughts: Any writer that uses the term “panty creaming good looks” ought to be disbarred from writing.


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