My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - 3 days on and off
Pages - 500
Publisher - Penguin books
Blurb from Goodreads
How far would you go to save a friend?
Susan Wright walked into a doctor's surgery and gunned down two members of staff in cold blood, then waited for the police to arrest her. Later that day a lawyer, Beth Powell, is assigned to defend her. Susan won't talk to anyone, even to Beth - until both women realise that twenty-nine years earlier they had been childhood friends.
Talking about their troubled families and those happy summers they spent together as children rekindles Susan and Beth's friendship. And as the evidence against Susan mounts up, both women share their traumatic secrets about what sent them down such different paths in life. Their friendship grows stronger, but for one of them, there can be no happy ending ...
A woman walks into a doctor surgery and opens fire with a gun, then sits and waits for the police. After being arrested and assigned a lawyer the two women quickly realise they know each other, from another lifetime when they both were friends. So much has happened to both, so much has changed and now they stand on opposite sides of the law. Can the past be kept in the past or do old ghosts need to be freed to enable both woman to embrace their future?
Susan is standing trial for murder, Beth is her hard no nonsense lawyer. Once inseparable friends but now brought together by fate. Susan seems to want no help, Beth cannot put the murderer before her with the friend of old who has such an impact on her life. As the story progresses we learn the women's secrets, why they are the people they are now, how choices impacted their lives and how they progress from this point on.
Pearse is such a beautiful writer, considering how dark the content can be, abuse, murder, death, relationships she weaves a tale that draws the reader in. You soon get invested in the characters, whether you love or hate them you just want to turn page after page to see what happens next. This isn't my first Pearse book and it won't be my last, if life didn't get in the way I would have read this in one sitting, 4/5 for me this time.