When attorneys Vernetta Henderson and Neddy McClain are tapped to take on the biggest case of their careers, they are less than thrilled about working together. Their strained relationship, however, is the least of their problems. Their socialite client - charged with the brutal murder of her husband - is demanding an immediate dismissal of the case. But a ruthless prosecutor is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. Forced to fight a common enemy, the two women close ranks and, in the process, develop a bond that sees them through the uncertainties of trial, the pain of betrayal and pressures neither could have imagined.
©2013 Goldman House Publishing (P)2013 Goldman House Publishing
Another great listen, I knew I would love this series. The side stories are as good as the main event. I downloaded the other 3 books today.I really hope Special appears in the rest of the series. The narrator was great. I just have two recommendations. 1st I need Ms Young to write faster 2nd Mr Bray is a genus. My hope is that this series go on like the J.D. Robbs series.
The book continues to soothe, educate and make you laugh. Moreover, the narrator is a natural. Writer and narrator build pinnacle interest.
What I liked best about the story was the detail of each personality.
This was my first R.C. Bray narration. I like his characterizations very much, but occasionally wanted him to take a breath.
What is with the random music drowning out the narration?
I liked this book OK. The plot is a good one and there are some well-drawn characters with depth and complexity whom I came to enjoy and care about.
But there was some stuff that made me go, "What?!" The first was the part where, because Vernetta - a associate in a fairly small but apparently prestigious law firm - just won a really big civil suit, she ought to do a high profile criminal case. Um... what?
The second was when she feels the need to see her OB-Gyn before she goes off the pill. ... What? Then it got downright weird when her gyno, upon learning that this young, healthy couple wants to make a baby, decides to do a "fertility workup" on them, starting with a sperm sample from her husband. This was laughable. All I could think was, "There is no OB on the planet that would order that before she has even gone off the pill, and certainly no insurance company that would cover it!"
But my favorite was when, as the big important murder trial is coming to an end and the three defense attorneys are worrying about whether or not the prosecutor will tell the jury that the accused knew her husband was a cheating philanderer, it dawns on all three attorneys that no one has thought to interview the housekeeper of the victim and the accused - including, apparently, the police or the prosecutor. WHAT!?
And it all cases, the author needed the results of these "What?" devises to move the plot. She ought to break that habit.
If you can ignore this kind of thing, this is a pretty decent first attempt.
Caveat: The choice of narrator seems strange. Almost every important character in this book is a female. The exceptions are Jefferson, Vernetta's husband; Riley, the managing partner in her firm; and Dave, one of the attorneys. But the narrator is male. He does the male voices - both black and white - fairly effectively, but I think he did a poor job overall on the female voices. His range of "female" seems very narrow and it's often difficult to tell which of the primary female characters is speaking.
I have the second book in this series and I'm going to give it a try. I'm rather hoping things will have improved.
This book is an easy listen. Nothing too suspenseful or gripping. Character development was OK…with Special being the flamboyant, and thus memorable, character. There are better attorney suspense books out there.
If the main characters are female the reader needs to be female. This narrator did alright but it took me a few chapters in to become accustom to his voice. I did like the expressions he gave to his reading tho. I did enjoy this and will read more of her stories.
I just could not get past the fact that the female lead character was voiced by a male narrator. One without a great range of female intonations, too. The writer explains a little too much, a little too obviously. And the premise is a little thin -- a lawyer with no criminal experience is assigned by her firm to a case of O.J. proportions. Really? I might have pushed past any one of those things, but in combination, they made me quit listening about an hour in.
"Great Story and subplots"
I've found this book entertaining and I want to hear more (I haven't finished it yet). I mainly listen whilst driving.
The lead character, Vernetta Henderson, is flawed in that she has to try and balance home to work. Like most of us, she fails
The reader, R.C. Bray, does an OK job but there isn't enough differentiation between the characters' voices. It makes following a two hander or three hander conversation quick difficult
Nothing's quite as it seems
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