'A compelling legal thriller - I loved it' Katerina Diamond, Sunday Times bestseller
'Timely, anger-inducing and very powerful - it's excellent' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange
When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.
Maria is on trial for attempted murder.
She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.
Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.
She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.
You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
You will be wrong.
A gripping, sexy and twisty novel for readers who devoured ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, APPLE TREE YARD and HE SAID/SHE SAID.
The first chapter in this book must be one of the most effective openings to a story that I’ve ever read. There’s a powerful contrast between the complete calmness of Maria, the dialogue and the prose, and the horror of the scene and the events which had just happened.
That had me hooked. I wondered how the scenario could possibly provide enough material for a whole novel, which got me guessing and anticipating.
While I thought it was an excellent story, I wouldn’t describe it as a book I couldn’t put down. Most of the plot was quite slow and character based, much written from the point of view of Maria, the defendant in the court case, and Lottie, one of the jurors. There were certain intriguing parallels between their lives.
Mercifully, the author used the third person throughout so there was no confusion regarding who was being written about. (I’m really tired of the gimmicky fashion adopted by so many current writers to switch between first person and third person narration and to use different tenses - none of that here.)