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  • Brilliant!

    My first book by this author. I do own a copy of “Full Disclosure”, still unopened since its release, but after reading this one I decided to read it very soon. This is a terrific courtroom drama, as well as a good thriller. It’s riveting. It’s clever. It’s entertaining and an easy read. I really enjoyed the writing and the development of the storyline. I listened to the audiobook while simultaneously reading the book. The narrator’s voice (Joy Osmanski) wasn’t pleasant to my ears on normal speed, but increasing the speed just from normal to 1.25x made some difference. I loved the pace but some readers may find it too slow. The story explores the topic of mercy killing or medical assistance in dying. The trial was really thrilling and with an unexpected twist. I’m not familiar with criminal law, so I cannot judge if laws mentioned here are correct (a reviewer said that there were lots of errors but did not point them - personally I find hard to believe, but what do I know? Only that the author is a Canadian jurist and served as the 17th Chief Justice of Canada from 2000 to 2017). But this is a work of fiction (and a believable one) and I’m not concerned about its accuracy. I’m looking forward to reading this author future works. PS about the audiobook: the narrator did change a couple of words such as “quietly” instead of “quickly”, “grandfather” instead of “grandmother”.

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  • Lawyer Jilly Truitt returns - EXCELLENT

    I thoroughly enjoyed this suspense novel. The addition of an excerpt of an interview featuring Beverley McLachlin and John Grisham is a nice bonus. Jilly Truitt feels compelled to represent Vera Quentin who is accused of murdering her dying mother, Olivia Stanton. Vera adamantly denies doing this but a trial is underway despite all of the background activities that have been going on for the past two years. Jilly's other case representing Danny Mau leads to a hit being put out on her life. Jilly also finds herself involved in the rescue of a young woman escaping a human trafficking ring. The details of the investigation and trial kept me turning pages. The characters are well-developed and easy to bond with. I did find the outcome from the Danny hit predictable and saddening when it happened. I hope there will be a third Jilly novel in the near future. I volunteered to read an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada through Net Galley.

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  • Very good

    I enjoyed the story so much with the Canadian landscape. Jilly Truit took on a case that was puzzling and worked to find the crack in information and find out who the Quentin family really were. Her partner and other workers got on board too to find info that would assist Jilly.

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  • Great legal drama

    Before writing a review of Denial it’s important to inform that the author, Beverley McLachlin, served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 2000 to 2017. She is the longest serving Chief Justice as well as being the first woman in that position. Because legal thrillers are one of my favorite genres, I was delighted that McLachlin has turned to writing legal fiction in her retirement. This is the second instalment in the Jilly Truitt series but it reads well as a stand-alone. Truitt is a successful criminal defense lawyer who can pick and choose her clients. When asked to defend Vera Quentin, the wife of a legal acquaintance, she is hesitant. She is accused of murdering her mother who had been battling cancer for a long time. The press have called it a mercy killing but Vera maintains her innocence. The courtroom scenes are at the heart of this novel and the author’s career surely gives them authenticity. The characters are varied and the reader will sometimes have difficulty telling the good from the bad. Just a note to point out that there is an interesting interview with John Grisham and Beverley McLachlin at the back of the book. Denial is highly recommended. Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Okay

    Not a bad book, but I wondered a few times why certain questions weren’t asked or answered. Also you need a better proof reader.,

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