Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Book Review: A Game of Proof - Tim Vicary

Synopsis - 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.  Then in a terrible irony her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders.  The evidence against him appears so strong that his QC advises a guilty plea, but Simon swears he is innocent and begs his mother take on his defence.  There is no law against a mother representing her own son, so Sarah agrees.  The only other obvious other suspect for the murders, however, is a man who has already been acquitted once - with Sarah acting as his defence lawyer.

Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to crate a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him?  Since he has often lied to her in the past, 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?

It seems that telling the whole truth must be weighed in the balance against keeping certain criminal information hidden. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review - This book is a gritty drama that will keep you turning the pages.  Our defence lawyer is a strong character who has come miles to get to be the successful lawyer she is today.  Sarah is not immediately likeable, a hard nut with an equally hard shell but as the drama around her son unfolds we get to see those defences soften.  Her husband is portrayed as a very ordinary man with a weaker tendency but who has basically been left to bring up the children while their mother studies.  His relationship with his son is not good and he does not trust the boy believing him to be guilty thereby digging a deep wedge in their marital relationship.  Great cast of characters from the downright horrid to the good ones.  We see both in the police force and of course the criminals are portrayed to be believable.

I cannot wait to read more in this series.  4*

Kindle edition ASIN: B005ALGIFK

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