What the publisher says:
What if your life was built on a lie?
When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind.
But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who’s accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for.
But is he really innocent?
And who is she to judge?
What I say:
I was intrigued by this book as it has very little blurb by the publisher advertising what it is about and yet it had some very good reviews popping up here and there (including one by Katerina Diamond who’s books I have loved so far). When it popped up as a special offer on my kindle I jumped at the chance to download it. Once I had made the leap I found that I couldn’t put it down.
The book jumps between the story of Lily, a young lawyer just starting to take on criminal cases, her new husband Ed, a would-be painter and Carla, the young Italian girl who lives in the flat down the corridor. Lily finds herself swept up in the world of her first criminal client and manages to produce a good enough case to have him released from prison. For years afterwards she finds that she receives just the right piece of information or the contact details for the perfect witness to allow her to win even the most difficult of cases. The three lives intertwine for a while until Carla and her mother return to Italy. The story then picks up Carla’s return to England, herself now a lawyer as she seeks recompense from Ed and Lily for their having made a fortune from Ed’s portrait of Carla (or so she thinks)
Their lives continue to become more and more entwined now that Carla is older and more in control of her own life. Throw in Lily and Ed’s son, Joe Thomas, Lily’s first client, and Lily’s first boss and the whole story moves on at a cracking pace. The story telling method of time jumping also adds to the tension. From the very beginning you know that Ed has been murdered, the rest of the novel is about how that came about.
All in all a very well written thriller which leaves me looking forward to the next Jane Corry release.
Rating 4 out of 5