Betrayal on Every Level
Marley Bennington had brutally murdered her older sister Samantha in a drug fueled rage. Only two people know that fact as true. One of those two people, was sitting in a state prison, serving a sentence for a crime he didn’t commit. Who was that unfortunate person? Alex Clarke, Samantha Bennington’s husband, the man so buried in circumstantial evidence that he confessed to a crime he didn’t commit, rather than face a trial. He was now trapped with no way out.
It all began as sibling rivalry and jealousy, as so many tales of treachery do. Now, that intense jealousy had ended in her sister’s murder. Once Alex was tucked safely away in prison, Marley was set to inherit millions of dollars tainted with her sister’s blood. But suddenly, two obstacles stood in her way preventing her from quickly obtaining the reward for her well executed plan. One obstacle was her brother, and the other a nosy little old lady. But for Marley, this wasn’t a problem. She had killed twice already and cheated the justice system. What were a few more bodies?
Justice delayed is justice denied. Can Marley be trapped by the very people she tried to deceive? Will karma finally visit her door? Another gripping, tangled tale from the author of Facing A Twisted Judgment.
This is the third book in the excellent Lies and Misdirection series, which just keeps getting better and better. That said, the book works perfectly as a standalone, although I’m sure that once you’ve discovered this author, you’ll want to devour her other books.
What is particularly enjoyable about this complex novel, that twists and turns in ways you simply can’t foresee, is the informed legal background that comes from the author’s professional training. Reasoning is explained and this lends a very methodical, logical element to the story – apart from when Marley is taking her turn as narrator. With her mental and criminal problems, she makes for an utterly fascinating unreliable narrator. Such a narrator is to be found in many thrillers and psychological thrillers these days, but in this author’s hands there seems to be extra, alluring menace about her, and this literary convention is thus handled freshly and uniquely.
The setting involves the art world and it is incredibly interesting to peek behind the scenes. Who’d have guessed so much skulduggery went on!
Other important characters are investigators Tallulah, who’s an attorney, and octogenarian Mary, who as usual quietly steals the show. She’s a fabulous character. My favourite line from the whole book is where Tallulah matter-of-factly reports to the police that ‘Mary felt it necessary to shoot him’! (She was quite right to, by the way!) Throw in some Mafia heavies and we have an intriguing set of people to meet in this novel.
It’s a riveting read and immensely enjoyable. Absolutely to recommend.
About the author
K. J. McGillick was born in New York and once she started to walk she never stopped running. But that’s what New Yorker’s do. Right? A Registered Nurse, a lawyer now author.
As she evolved so did her career choices. After completing her graduate degree in nursing, she spent many years in the university setting sharing the dreams of the enthusiastic nursing students she taught. After twenty rewarding years in the medical field she attended law school and has spent the last twenty-four years as an attorney helping people navigate the turbulent waters of the legal system. Not an easy feat. And now? Now she is sharing the characters she loves with readers hoping they are intrigued by her twisting and turning plots and entertained by her writing
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