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.
I struggled to get through this one. The storyline was okay - the difficulty came with the narrator...some of the voices used were hard to stomach. I am part of a book club and not sure that I would recommend this book. Giving a bad review is not like me so to add a positive, the author showed thorough knowledge of court proceedings.
The story was great, but the narrator needs to slow down a bit. It was read as it there was no punctuation.
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.
Well! The reader spoke so fast I had to slow this book down – that was the first of my problems with this book.
There wasn't a single character that I could even remotely like – so of course I couldn't give a toss about what happened to any of them. I did want to know if I was right about the true murderer though, so after gritting my teeth through the first dozen chapters getting more and more irritated by all the 'Beautiful women' and their inane happenings – I flipped through and read the last couple of chapters – voilà! I wasn't wrong, and I saved myself all the tedium of listening to the awful narration and the nonsensical and poorly written story.
I really should look more carefully at reviews – I have just read those from Amazon.com – I just wish I had read these sooner.
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