Workable and workmanlike legal drama by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case who retired from law immediately after that famous ..Show More »trial and became a writer.
After writing a series of books featuring a prosecutor, Clark turns in this first entry of a new series to the defense. Samantha Brinkman is an interesting character whose past emerges as she defends a cop accused of killing a famous young starlet and her roommate, along with a few other cases along the way.
While the story itself is probably no more and no less than a decent episode in a TV series, maybe worth a feature length film, it does not carry enough weight as a courtroom drama or as a thriller. The ultimate resolution of the murder case is particularly disappointing (though the set-up for follow-up entries is rather good).
Worse than anything else is the narration. Tavia Gilbert has read a lot of YA, and whatever weight you might expect from Brinkman's character is lost because she sounds like a teen sleuth, like Nancy Drew. That's not altogether terrible -- until she gets to action sequences, where she goes completely over the top and becomes simply unbearable to listen to.
I'm of the opinion that narrators rarely ruin good books, that it's usually in the writing. And no narrator was going to make this story more than an average legal thriller. But Gilbert's performance most definitely detracts from the best aspect of Clark's writing, the character of Sam Brinkman.
The forthcoming second entry to this series does not yet list a narrator. Thanks to the final chapter set-up, I will likely give it a go -- unless Gilbert is the reader, in which case I will NOT listen to it.
This is another really good book, the second in the Samantha Brinkman series. In this book a family is butchered by an unknown, possibly a gang member..Show More ». The only one untouched is the adopted teenage daughter. Throughout the book a horrible story of psychological and sexual abuse is revealed. Because Samantha is the young girl's attorney and she herself has a history of abuse at the hands of her stepfather, she is inclined to believe. As the story progresses more horrific acts come out. Are they true? Clark does a great job leading the reader/listener between two prominent characters and until you hear the last chapter you will not know who committed the crime. Samantha is surrounded by a cast of colorful characters that really fill the story with excellent dialogue. Interesting subplots going on as well that include drugs and human trafficking and some not so ethical acts by the attorney but done for a good cause. Angela Dawe did a great job narrating. She is normally not on my top narrator list but I believe she has found her niche with this series. This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.