Author: Abi Silver
Genre: Psychological/Legal Thriller
Format: Paperback 448 pages
Release Date: 11 July 2019
Publisher: Lightning Books
My thanks to Rachel Gilbney at Rachel Random’s Resources for the invite on this blog tour and the publisher for the copy of the book provided for review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
When James Salisbury, the owner of a British car manufacturer, ploughs his ‘self-drive’ car into a young family, the consequences are deadly. Will the car’s ‘black box’ reveal what really happened or will the industry, poised to launch these products to an eager public, close ranks to cover things up?
James himself faces a personal dilemma. If it is proved that he was driving the car he may go to prison. But if he is found innocent, and the autonomous car is to blame, the business he has spent most of his life building, and his dream of safer transport for all, may collapse.
Lawyers Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once again, this time to defend a man who may not want to go free, in a case that asks difficult questions about the speed at which technology is taking over our lives.
I was first introduced to the Constance and Lamb team when I read The Aladdin Trial and I knew straight away this was a series for me. I love legal thrillers and the author had just hit the nail on the head with what I look for in a legal thriller so I was really excited to start reading the Cinderella Plan.
The Cinderella plan is split into parts with the first part really introducing us to the characters and giving the background to the story and where everyone fits in. For me personally this part was slightly long but that’s only because I knew that the next part would involve the courtroom scenes which are my favourite and which I was dying to get to.
The author writes courtroom scenes brilliantly. Being a lawyer by profession she obviously really knows her stuff and her attention to detail and having the ability to write authentic court scenes is something that I really enjoyed in her last book and really enjoyed again here.
The author has chosen a very interesting subject matter around autonomous vehicles as in the not too distant future these are the exact types of questions that will be making their way into our court rooms. When an autonomous vehicle is involved in an accident who is at fault? The driver? Or the manufacture? I know these are the types of questions already being discussed by the legislator and it will be very interesting to see how they decide these matters.
If you are looking for an authentic court room drama with some thrilling twists which raises some interesting questions then this book is for you. I really hope the author continues with this series and if she does then I will be first in line to read the next one!
About the Author
Yorkshire-bred, Abi Silver is a lawyer by profession. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons. Her first courtroom thriller featuring the legal duo Judith Burton and Constance Lamb, The Pinocchio Brief, was published by Lightning Books in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. Her follow-up The Aladdin Trial, featuring the same legal team, was published in 2018.
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