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This is a heart-rending tale of a small baby dying and the subsequent trial when the post-mortem shows that she could have been murdered.
Two sisters are divided here as one was baby-sitting for the other, and it was in her care that the baby died, and thus she is on trial.
Would you believe that your sister deliberately killed your baby?
This book tells the struggle of the mother as she sits through the trial and the evidence mounts against her sister.
The trial felt very real to me.
The questioning of the witnesses and the way small things were built up into an overwhelming case of guilty.
A book where you need to keep on reading to find out what the verdict was and does she admit what really happened? Or do we never find out?
I thought it well written, with the complex science of the pathology explained simply enough for the reader to understand and the conclusions that thus could be drawn.
I found this book tricky to make sense of initially as it is written by several characters, each having their own chapter, and thus following the story-line was hard. But I persevered, and was very glad indeed!
Gradually, the characters involved in the story become clearer, and you begin to suspect that all is not well with Sebastien. What is he hiding? And who is/was Jude? And just what happened to him/her?
From the beginning, Sebastien comes over as someone just too full of his own importance, and you learn through his chapters, something of what is going on in his mind, and it is darker than you originally thought it could be.
For my mind, however, there is one major fault with the story. I knew the solution and I also thought the ending – final chapter – rather sickly. I wonder if there was a choice of endings and someone said: “This will appeal to a female audience”. For me, it didn’t ring of truth.
So not a 5 star book, but a jolly good 4.
This series explains why, despite a strong sense that I really should be a voyeur there for 24 hours, just to gape, mouth open, I don’t ever intend to go to Las Vegas.
The town offends me on so many ways and levels.
The ostentation. The flash and glitter. The incredible waste of water (it’s a desrt – don’t taje water from farmers, and yes, the town wouldn’t exist if they didn’t – but is tat such a bad thing? the catering to addictive tastes – gambling and drinking being only two. And then there is the ridiculous architecture as is exemplified in the hotel that is core to these stories – The Babylon. Although seeing a Mama Duck and her Ducklings wandering through a hotel foyer would be fun. Not to mention the selfishness of the people who go there, as deomstrated in this particular story in the series, where a guest at the hotel, being denied passage in the main body of the airplane for her 3 cats, shuts them in her trunk and puts them in cargo. And then demands that the hotel deals with a. the urine smell on her clothes; b. the urine smell in her trunk; and c. find the cats who had run away! Well, wouldn’t you run from such an owner?
And then there are the Conventions that are held there. Probably because nowhere else would have them, such as the Swingers, and the Adult Film Industry (aka porn) Awards.
All that beside, you read the book mouth agape at this strange world, but also smiling and sometimes giggling at the antics got up to. And how our heroine copes. Note to self, elbows break noses and don’t get bruised knuckles..
I like this series, so far. It is well written. Fun to read. Not heavy and really good for the beach or garden.
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I was going to save this book for my hospital night-time sleeplessness – coming soon – but I couldn’t resist it. One of my favourite authors.
And in my opinion, her best novel yet.
Everyone is watching everyone else, and with good cause it turns out. But not always for the reason you originally thought! The plot twists enough times for all your assumptions to be turned upside down more than once.
I did make one correct guess about who had opened the photos but not why, or what they thought they were seeing!
Well plotted, with plenty of potential endings in the style of Agatha Christie. And stylistically concise and unsentimental with clean prose.