Author: Abi Silver
Genre: Legal Thriller
Format: Paperback 413 pages
Release Date: 28 June 2018
Publisher: Lightning Books
My huge thanks to Dan Hiscocks at Eye & Lightning Books for the review copy provided to me. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When an elderly artist plunges one hundred feet to her death at a London hospital, the police sense foul play. The hospital cleaner, a Syrian refugee, is arrested for her murder after stolen jewellery is found at his home. He protests his innocence, but why has he given the woman the story of Aladdin to read and why does he shake uncontrollably in times of stress?
Judith Burton and Constance Lamb, the legal duo, unite to defend a man whom the media has already convicted.
In a spellbinding courtroom confrontation in which they grapple with all too impossible developments in artificial intelligence, they uncover not only the cleaner’s secrets, but also those of the artist’s family, her lawyer and the hospital.
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I am a little bit biased towards this book as I absolutely love legal thrillers so I had a sneaky feeling I was going to enjoy this book before I even started it. However, I was even more impressed than I thought I would be. I blitzed through half of this book in one sitting and I probably would have finished it in it’s entirety had it not been the fact I had to go out!
I really enjoyed the plot that the author constructed in this book, it was clever and well thought out and the way the story worked from the initial death of the elderly artist, through the investigation and then into the courtroom with all the twists and turns the case took all worked really well together. The story flowed brilliantly and I was kept on the edge of the page throughout.
For me there was no particular character that stood out as they all occupy quite an even amount of the story. Enough background is given to each though to put them all in the mix and make them all interesting in their own individual ways. There was a brilliant twist at the end which I did not see coming and it wraps up the story nicely.
I understand this is a follow up to the authors previous book The Pinocchio Brief and if this is anything like what i’ve just read then I most definitely will be seeking this book out also. I can’t wait to see what Abi comes up with next and I will be first in line to read whatever it is!
About the Author
Abi Silver was born in Leeds and is a lawyer by profession. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons. Her first novel, The Pinocchio Brief, also a courtroom drama with an AI twist featuring Judith Burton and Constance Lamb – was a Sunday Times Crime Club pick and is shortlisted for the 2018 Waverton Good Read Award.
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