Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

The description on the back of The Gray Zone by Daphna Edwards Ziman doesn’t do the book justice; I read the synopsis before starting the book, and will honestly say that I wasn’t looking forward to reading it. I started it last night around midnight, and found myself compelled to keep reading until 3 a.m. rolled around and I needed to get some sleep.

The main character of The Gray Zone is Kelly Jensen, a young woman forced into the foster care system after watching her father brutally slay her mother. She was beaten and verbally assaulted by one of her foster fathers, and was still assigned back to that family. At the age of 15, Kelly finally escaped onto the streets, where an influential business man found her and offered her a safe haven, only to further exploit her. Now with two small children of her own, Kelly will do anything to save herself and her children from her dangerous husband–even though her failure means there is a small chance she could lose her children forever.

Jake Brooks is a powerful defense attorney whose best friend’s dead body has been discovered in a hotel room. He becomes obsessed with the case, and particularly with Kelly Jensen, the troubled woman who has a seemingly shady connection to Porter. Knowing that it could end his prestigious career, Jake takes Kelly on as a client, desperate to prove her innocence.

The Gray Zone touches on the abuse of the foster care system, a topic that is near and dear to Ziman’s heart. Though The Gray Zone is fiction, certain facts and percentages found within are very real. Through the medium of a thriller novel, Ziman will hopefully raise awareness about what can go on behind closed doors if we as a society close off our ears to children who just need to be heard–or need a strong role model in their lives to insure a brighter future.

Rating: 4.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by JKSCommunications. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.