Wednesday 20 March 2013

ARC - Guilt By Degrees by Marcia Clark

Guilt by DegreesGuilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time Taken To Read - 3 days

Publisher - Mulholland Books

Blurb From Goodreads

Someone has been watching D.A. Rachel Knight--someone who's Rachel's equal in brains, but with more malicious intentions. It began when a near-impossible case fell into Rachel's lap, the suspectless homicide of a homeless man. In the face of courthouse backbiting and a gauzy web of clues, Rachel is determined to deliver justice. She's got back-up: tough-as-nails Detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey stir things up, they're shocked to uncover a connection with the vicious murder of an LAPD cop a year earlier. Something tells Rachel someone knows the truth, someone who'd kill to keep it secret.

Harrowing, smart, and riotously entertaining, GUILT BY DEGREES is a thrilling ride through the world of LA courts with the unforgettable Rachel Knight.

My Review

The press release I got with this one had some big names with good comments associated with it but I always reserve my own judgment as my taste varies. I have to say, I agree with pretty much all of the comments that came with it but I digress, onto the actual story and review.

District Attorney Rachel Knight is our main character along with her buddy, Detective Bailey Keller and they make quite the team. Rachel barges into a case being poorly handled by the prosecution, about to be dropped and takes it on. A homeless man murdered with very little to go on, until she starts digging. Slowly more pieces are revealed showing there is more to the case than initially thought that will put people at risk including Rachel.

Ah it isn't very often I really like a character so quickly, especially in a court type kind of book. However Rachel takes on the murder of a homeless man that no one else really cares about and that alone made me warm to her instantly. She is a tad impulsive and has a name for it in her work but continues to fight for justice and like a dog with a bone won't let go.

Her past comes into play during the book and it isn't until later you find out why and it had me thinking all kinds of theories and conspiracies. The story is quite compelling and I have to admit, I was dragged in very quickly. The chapters are really quite short, you know how I love them, which means you can dip in and out, however it also means "just one more chapter" turns into 2am when it's a work night! Ignore the fact it took 3 days for me to read this because the reality is, had I not had loads of assignments and projects due in I would have devoured this book in one sitting.

The pace is quite good and well balanced, it isn't a murder every two minutes kind of book however there are lots of twists and depths within it which keeps it interesting and you hooked. My biggest complaint has to be I was left hanging, I absolutely hate this! It is a fabulous trick by authors because you are guaranteed, well I am, to having to get the next book to find out where the story goes and get closure. Sorry to be vague but I don't do spoilers and they say it is a good author who keeps the reader wanting more, I am just very impatient! This was my first encounter with Marcia Clark and it won't be my last, 4/5 for me this time. A huge thanks to Kerry Hood & Mulholland books for sending me an ARC copy of this book and for introducing me to another new author. The book will be available from all good retailers from 11th April 2013, in paperback and ebook for £6.99 - you can find Marcia on facebook and twitter

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  1. I pretty much ignore those big names on press releases. I think they just churn out praise willy nilly!

  2. I agree, I wonder if the "big names" even look at the book.

  3. Hi - thanks for following on Wordsplash. I shall be following you now. Interesting review. I do movie, book, etc. reviews, plus assorted other stuff that strikes me. As a writer, I might include excerpts of my books. If you are interested in reading and reviewing, let me know. I'm not awesome at this marketing thing, but I can send you copies. Or not. I'm sure you have tons and tons, hence the name always reading. I just read "Wool" - wow - I'll be reviewing later. Thanks again. Joanne

  4. This sounds very good. They do leave the reader hanging so they will just have to buy the next installment :) I like the shorter chapters too.

  5. I don't read very many detective type stories, but this one does sound interesting. I too like short chapters. It's nice to be able to stop reading at the end of a chapter rather than half way through.

  6. Glad to learn I'm not the only one to disregard if not totally ignore what the 'names' say about a book as as they are hardly likely to say a book was rubbish I think you can find yourself doubly disappointed when, expecting something exceptional' a book fails to live up to the hype.

  7. Sounds good Lainy, thanks for reviewing. I hate to be left hanging at the end too!

  8. With the book review that you have shown and shared here on your blog, I was able to understand how meaningful the book is. keep up the good work!


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