Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?
Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?
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By Paula on 28-02-16
Delectable Legal Procedural Story! Loved it!
This is an outstanding legal procedural -- with lots of mystery twisting and turning throughout the story. Sarah Newby is a 40-something who has achieved her lifelong goal of becoming a barrister after a rough start as a teenage mother. Enter a husband who embraced her and her fatherless young son and the teenage daughter they had together. . . this is an imperfect family at best; and Sarah's relentless pursuit of her career goals don't add much to domestic tranquility. She is incredibly adept in the courtroom, even as a junior barrister -- and her skills are tested to the core when she represents her own son in a murder investigation.
I loved the way the author provided insights from the characters' silent thoughts throughout the story and gave us sketches of their backgrounds that have influenced them throughout their lives.
A very good story -- and an excellent story set within the British legal system.
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By Betababe on 05-09-17
Burden of Proof
While the American justice system is largely based on the British, there are many differences. In the first place, we do not distinguish between a barrister and a solicitor. Nor do our trial attorneys need to wear wigs and robes. Much of the language used is also somewhat specific to British courts as opposed to American phraseology. For instance one hears the solicitor offer that he or she suggests something--if you watch any of the British TV shows you've seen this. But, interestingly, TV and movie dramas do not immerse you to the same level as a good novel. Or at least not to the depth of this novel. We find ourselves entranced by the defense of an alleged rapist, a thoroughly loathsome character, but the bottom line is the need for the court to present evidence proving Beyond Reasonable Doubt that the defendant did the crime of which he is accused. As in Law and Order, we see the interaction of police and attorneys, the gathering of evidence and the presenting thereof. The drama is compelling, the narration [AUDIO] is excellent and the story gripping.