To be completely honest, I don’t really know what to make of this book. I almost gave up a few times, but having been asked if I would read/review it, I stuck with it, but reaching more than half way through before I became interested in the story.
The story begins with Jake Nelson, a lawyer, in court, defending an eighteen-year-old boy who has killed his fourteen-year-old brother. Was it murder or self-defence? Through this court hearing, Jake meets a police detective, Marie Patterson. There appears to be two stories running in this book. One, the story following Marie’s detective work and two, the main story about Jake’s wife having an affair with Kyle, another lawyer in the company, who has a string of women at his disposal. Jake kills his wife in a fit of rage and that is where the story begins to get interesting, as Jake’s plans to cover up the murder are spelled out in minute detail; also his clever planting of evidence to frame the other lawyer for the murder.
Jake eventually cannot deal with the consequences of what he has done and starts to go to pieces; he has a gun in his possession. Marie is feeling sorry for the poor bereaved man and is on her way over to his house and that’s where the story ends.
I have never read a book that has so many strange words. I accept I may not be familiar with some Americanisms, but is ‘drug’ a word to use instead of ‘dragged’? And so many cheeks were pulled, lifted and tightened instead of just smiling. There was also a lot of shuffling, loping and bouncing as if the author was trying too hard to find different words for the same actions.
I have given the book 3* but that was more for the entertainment value of what new words I would discover, rather than the content!