My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Time taken to read - In and out over 6 days
Pages - 404
Publisher - Dutton
Source - Bought
Blurb from Goodreads
Twenty years ago at summer camp, Paul Copeland's sister died in the woods, the alleged victim of a serial killer. Her body was never found. Now, Paul is the prosecutor for Essex County, New Jersey, immersed in one of the biggest cases of his career-a case that will change everything he believes about the past...and the truth.
Paul is a big prosecutor with huge career plans, he is a good guy and likes to go to town for the wronged, no matter who it may upset. This time he is prosecuting a case, rich/popular/ upper class boys accused of raping a girl from a lower class, no money and a background the defense would rip to shreds. It is all kicking off, add to that we have a development in the case of Paul's missing sister, missing years ago - on his watch - kids were killed and his sister and partner disappeared, only blood left behind. Now Paul has to battle against the rich, folk pulling strings and potential secrets from his past.
There is a lot of skulduggery, shady characters, bad sides of people, greed, lies but there is also good, humour and it is very pacey. Short chapters which I love and we get to reopen and look at what actually happened all those years ago when Paul was a teenager and tragedy struck.
The court case scenes are really interesting and shocking, some of the behaviour and things said, with the context of the case, ooft. Everyone has a past, a history and sometimes secrets are better off staying in the past. I have read Coben before and I will read again, I like his writing and as this is a standalone (to my knowledge) it is a perfect place to start, 4/5.
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