My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This a Californian Court Room drama. When Supreme Court Justice Fritz Rayburn is murdered people are shocked. When 16 year old Hannah Sheraton his Step-Grandaughter is arrested for his murder, no one knows what to believe.
Hannah’s mother Linda is desperate for help as her world starts to crumble apart. She locates an old school friend and begs her to come back from small, everyday, work as a lawyer to defend her daughter in this high profile case.
Josie Baylor-Bates had her fingers burnt a few years ago on a case and found sanctuary away from the big court cases, but Linda is an old friend and this case is about defending a child. Josie’s small town partner is not pleased about the upcoming publicity that the case will bring and the pair argue more than once.
The case is complicated, there are twists and turns as people go to extreme lengths to protect themselves. Hannah’s Step-father, Kip, gives evidence against her to protect his own career. Fingers point continually at Hannah. Motive, evidence and confession. But Josie won’t let it go even if it threatens to spin out of control. There is just something which makes Josie believe that Hannah is innocent.
This book is the first in a series and was a gripping read.
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