This was my first foray into the Nina Reilly world of mysteries. This legal thriller was an intriguing read which included several unexpected plot twists. The story was involving, and included a surprise turn whenever I felt the story was getting cliched, which kept me turning pages, not wanting to put the book down. The story was compelling and modern, and encourages a sympathetic feeling of righteous indignation on the part of the reader, inspiring identification with and sympathy for Nina Reilly's rich client Lindy Markov, in spite of her slight snobbish sense of entitlement. The mystery part of the story was not as interesting to me, as it seemed the more predictable and hackneyed part of the plot. Also, Nina Reilly was interesting as the story heroine and protagonist, but I don't really feel that her personality was compelling enough to make her a very strongly identifiable and unique heroine for an entire series. I wouldn't mind reading more stories with her in it, but do not feel much interest in following her personal storyline and finding out what happens to her in future books.
To summarize, for me, this story was a highly readable and enjoyable legal thriller, a success as a one-shot story. It was somewhat disappointing as a mystery story , and I don't personally see Nina Reilly as a convincing and persuasive Series heroine for future stories.
Right from the start of this book, I was outraged that a man who made millions, with the help of his wife, could toss her aside and leave her penniless! My feminine claws came out and I was ready to fight alongside Nina Reilly for justice. Then, greed for a piece of the fortune ends in murder and the story takes on a whole new flavor.
"Gripping courtroom drama ... heart-stopping ... riveting. -- Booklist
"A legal mystery for thoughtful readers ... The surprise twists are wonderfully effective." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Another terrific read by O'Shaughnessy. Keep me interested with every twist...fantastic writers!
New York Times bestselling authors created a unique and wonderful character in Nina Reilly. A tough , tenderhearted attorney and single Mother who has been hailed by critics as "One of the most interesting herorines in thrillers today"
I love this book." back cover."legal mystery for thoughtful readers.. the surprise twists are wonderfully effective"