When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top Los Angeles law firm, she's excited for the challenge - and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as a computer hacker behind her. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to fall ill. Caroline is only supposed to dig in the trenches and report up the ladder, but her tech background and intuition take her further than planned. When she suspects a link between the death of a prominent scientist and the shadowy biotech giant, she cries foul and soon finds herself in the crosshairs. The clock is ticking and thousands of lives are on the line...including her own.
Now this rookie lawyer with a troubled past and a penchant for hacking must prove a billion-dollar company is responsible for thousands of deaths...before they come after her.
©2016 Cynthia Tobisman (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
After several years as a computer technology specialist Caroline Auden went to law school, passed the bar and joined a large and prestigious law firm as a junior associate. Her first job assignment is to assist on a large class action case involving hundreds of claimants and many law firms. The assignment is clearly over her head, but she does not question that. Then the suspense begins.
Realizing the book is fiction I did not down rate it for the case being against a company that supplied genetically modified soybean based foods that caused renal failure in humans. It's a bit of a scare tactic because no GMO (genetically modified plants in this case) has ever been shown to cause health issues in animals and humans. Use of such genetically modified plant based feeds and foods have been around a long time with only positive results.
Doubt is an excellent thriller I would award 4.5 stars if possible. The action and suspense inside and outside the courtroom are riveting. Ms. Tobisman has written a worthwhile book. The twist at the end adds to the story. Narration is excellent.
This is book 1 in the Caroline Auden series. I plan to listen to or read future book in the series.
Possibly, with a grain of salt. If this is the first in a series, the author may hit his/her stride in future books.
One example: Any sizable law firm would employ a professional investigator and certainly would not send a young female newbie junior associate out alone to track down documents, witnesses, etc. Especially when a prime witness has died in questionable circumstances. I guess the "lady in peril" element is meant to add excitement, but it merely comes across as a contrivance.
Good character range.
I didn't finish this book. I thought it was going to be good, but I like strong/smart protagonists and this one is decidedly not either of those things. (VERY SMALL SPOILER ALERT) For instance, she's a lawyer, but can't figure out how to stop an unauthorized person from removing a loved one from a hospital? Really? She has a boss with all kinds of experience with the seedy side of lawyering but decides not to call him when she receives a bribe/threat? She goes to law school and passes the bar but throughout the process hasn't received any training in how to prepare a witness? Just really stupid. :-/
Never live your life by committee...
No, not because it was a bad book. I just don't typically listen to my books twice. But, with that said, this was a good book, one that could actually be listened to while driving with the kids in the car. It also addresses the question of how far will a person go to do good? Even if that meant breaking the law. This story really capture the times and the social media age, while pointing out investigative techniques and the weaknesses of social media platforms and computer systems.
I'm just wondering, if you commit a crime to fight crime are you actually helping or just committing crimes???
Struggled with this one. Narration was difficult to deal with- all male characters sounded like the same old man. Would prefer narration in one voice over the old man. Had to drop it before I finished.
I enjoyed this book, it had a good pace and interesting characters. It kept me well entertained on my long flight from MA to AK.
First time listener for read and author. Will looks for more books by both.
it was an enjoyable listen. narrator does a really good job work the main character. definitely worth the listen if you like a good law drama
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