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In my opinion...

Take this on holiday with you!

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and raced through it. There were twists and dead ends, but it was totally gripping and intriguing with all loose ends satisfactorily tied up by the end.

Francine’s obsessive behaviour was credible, though at times I did wonder whether her professionalism would have prevented her doing certain things.

The characters were well drawn and believable, although not necessarily likeable. I liked the accuracy of Butler’s descriptions of London. When the setting moves into Essex, it becomes positively Dickensian in some of the descriptions of Dorsea Island, giving a sense of foreboding.

A fabulous plane/train journey book, as you won’t want your travels to end until you’ve finished it!

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Sinister, clever, with a dark twist coiled in its heart’ – S. K. Tremayne

‘A gripping, thrill-a-minute ride through London’s dark side’ – Erin Kelly

‘Fiendishly plotted and perfectly paced’ -Caz Frear

Fatal Attraction meets Apple Tree Yard. This debut novel will be your new obsession.

Francine Day is a high flying lawyer about to apply for silk, ambitious and brilliant. She just needs one headline grabbing client to seal her place as queen's counsel … Martin Joy. The attraction is instant. Obsessive. They embark on a secret affair and Francine thinks she can hold it together. But then Martin's wife goes missing. And Martin is the prime suspect. Francine is now his lawyer, lover and the last person to see Donna Joy alive. As the case unravels so does Francine.

My client. My lover. My husband. My obsession.

Set in the Inns of Court in London, where justice and corruption have played out for centuries, J L Butler’s taut, gripping legal drama brims with suspense and obsession, and only you can solve the case…

I was drinking...

A sophisticated Syrah from an urban winery!

My rating...

A gripping, stop-missing 5 glasses- interesting to learn that JL Butler trained as a lawyer and journalist, and this is a pseudonym for author Tasmina Perry.

Thank you to NetGalley and HarperFiction for my ARC

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