The police say she’s guilty.
She insists she’s innocent.
She’s your sister.
You loved her.
You trusted her.
But they say she killed your child.
Who do you believe?
Original, devilishly clever and impossible to forget, this is a thriller with a difference. You won’t be able to tear yourself away from the trial that will determine both sisters’ fates.
This is a compelling, and, at times, heartbreaking read about 2 sisters facing each other in court and it’s also about love and family and heartbreaking grief and it’s so well written. Especially as it’s a difficult subject that is handled well by Gillian McAllister.
Becky, the defendant, stands accused of murdering her sister’s baby. But, Becky is adamant she is innocent.
Martha appears to have it all, a luxury flat overlooking the sea, attentive husband, brilliant career in charity work and a baby, Layla. And Martha wants to believe her sister is innocent. But………. Theres always a But!
Told from the point of view of both sisters, interspersed with comments from characters involved in the case, such as the judge, a social worker, we experience Martha’s grief and guilt, Becky’s sadness and lack of understanding as to what happened as well as the cold, hard, harrowing evidence given by medical experts. So it leaves the reader with little doubt, with the seemingly irrefutable evidence being presented by the prosecution, how the trial will end. But all is not as it seems
I guessed the twist well before the end but this in no way detracted from the impact of the ending.
Despite it being a court room drama, which sometimes can be very slow and slightly boring, it’s anything but and all of the characters are interesting and have depth. You cant help but be invested in this story, Martha for me was the real pull for me, her love for her sister and her love of her daughter, 8 week old Layla have left her in limbo land until the verdict of the case is established. Of course she doesn’t want it to have been her sister, she wants to be able to trust she is telling the truth, but with everything becoming more concert against Becky, how does she feel about her sister now?
If I try to put myself into Martha’s shoes I don’t know how I would have coped in that situation! Or what verdict I wanted to come out of that court room with.
Certainly leaves a lot to think about and it will be a great book for book clubs with so many talking points throughout the book.
Even if you have never read a book by Gillian McAllister (which you should do btw! They are equally as good as this one!) you will defiantly be swept along with this one.
The kindle version in UK is on sale at the moment for just 99p so go grab a fantastic read quick whilst it’s on offer 🙂