First Rule: Make them like you.
Second Rule: Make them need you.
Third Rule: Make them pay.
They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.
They think I’m working hard to impress them.
They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row.
They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him.
The book opens with email correspondence between third year law student Hannah and Professor Parekh. It is in these emails that it becomes clear Hannah has an agenda and will manipulate and use people to get what she wants.
Did this make me like her any less? Hell no! I love a feisty woman and I admired her tenacity and determination. Then to discover that everything she does is for her mother Laura just made me love her even more. Laura is the connecting thread that has pulled Hannah to The Innocence Project, a program that works with wrongfully convicted death row prisoners.
Diary entries from a young Laura are included throughout, which are not only insightful in connecting the puzzle pieces but also in getting to know the characters.
Every time I read a legal thriller I always seem to say how much I enjoy them and that I should read them more. This book completely enforces that, it is compelling and thoroughly readable. Some you need a law degree to cut through the jargon and can be a bit dry. Here it is obvious the author has a background in law but this takes a different approach and is the humanity behind the processes.
I like that the blurb gives nothing away of the crime or the circumstances behind Hannah’s crusade so I’m not going to mention them either. This is definitely one where it is best going in blind, forming your own opinions and discovering all the twists along the way.
It would be a crime not to read this!
About the author
Internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed writer Dervla McTiernan burst onto the writing scene with The Ruin, her crime debut set in Ireland. The Ruin is the first in the detective Cormac Reilly series and has been published in the United States, the UK and Ireland and in New Zealand and Australia, where it was a top ten bestseller.
Dervla spent twelve years working as a lawyer. Following the global financial crisis, she moved to Australia and turned her hand to writing. An avid fan of crime and detective novels from childhood, Dervla wrote a short story, The Roommate, which was shortlisted for the Sistersin Crime Scarlet Stiletto Competition. She went on to write The Ruin, and a string of other bestsellers. Dervla is a member of the Sisters in Crime and Crime Writers Association, and lives in Perth, Australia, with her husband and two children.
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