Some secrets aren't uncovered. They are unleashed...
The national bestselling author is back with a gripping legal thriller of a brilliant lawyer caught between her client, a powerful family's hidden legacy, and the truth...
Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather - a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...
©2007 Rebecca Forster (P)2011 Rebecca Forster
I'm an avid listener always searching for another good book and willing to share my thoughts with a pithy review.
Five Star ratings are hard for me to award. But as I look back on how quickly I finished the book and the list of other activities I gave up to enjoy this journey, it's clear...this one gets the nod. My interest was captured early, and it was held as the characters took shape and the mystery became intriguing. I don't want to oversell since that has a tendency to raise expectations to the point where even a good tale can struggle to please. But as my rating suggests...try it, I think you will enjoy the book.
I like legal thrillers, but this one left a lot to be desired. Flat characters, a plot that was not even close to believable, dialog and courtroom scenes that are stiff and unrealistic work together to make this book near unlistinable.
I'm not sure if the narrator was weak or just didn't have much to work with, but so many times the emphasis in sentences was misplaced I had to go back and listen again.
I picked this due to good reviews, but apparently I have drastically different tastes.
The story line was okay, but I just was never gripped by it. It felt like a Lifetime movie. The performance was really good.
An okay story, but overly melodramatic and repetitious. Fine for keeping you occupied on a commute, but no Grisham.
I think this would have more enjoyable and less confusing with 2 readers, one male and one female. I found that I needed to slow the reading down beyond the norm in order to follow person or setting changes, as well as allow time to absorb the reading itself. The reader went very fast. I enjoyed the book overall.
I just couldn't muster much sympathy for any of the characters, except for the dog.
The most interesting aspect is the motivation of Josie. Interesting as in why would she even take this case? I can understand that the author wants us to get that she has mom issues, but it just seems forced. She is supposed to be the heroine here, but she won't listen to anyone, and it isn't really explain as to why she's such a zealot. The least interesting was the Linda character, we are meant to not like her, so there is truly nothing to like about her. In fact, all of the characters are just a bit over-the-top, too extreme, and just not normal or likable.
Wooden. Bland. Blah.
No, unless it's on Lifetime.
I got this as a 2 for 1 - and it seems to me that most of these "deals" are of these types of books, mediocre and just 'okay'.
I liked the story but the book was narrated so fast that I though I had gotten some kind of an abridged version. Some times the narrative would clearly end a block in the story and immediately jump to a new one as if it were just continuing the same sentence. Others, the narrative was just a monotone. It seemed artificial and sounded as done intentionally during edition. I will stick to the author though, hoping the other books on the series will receive better treatment.
The only reason I kept listening to this book was the story itself. Wanted to see how it finished. The narration was horrible...tries too hard to make different voices for different characters and they all ended up sounding the same. In particular, the "sexy, sultry" voice was just plain annoying. I will not get another book with this narrator.
I enjoyed all of the characters and the story was good. The performance was good but you can here some weird stuff like swallowing which is usually edited out I think.
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