When Deborah reluctantly helps her beloved husband, Neil, end his life and conceals the truth, she is charged with his murder. As the trial unfolds and her daughter Sophie testifies against her, Deborah, still reeling from grief, fights to defend her actions. Twelve jurors hold her fate in their hands - and if found guilty she will serve a life sentence. But is the assisted suicide of a person you love murder?
..... From the outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE: It's my birthday tomorrow.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: Right for Neil, but for the rest of us?
Just like THE MEMORY KEEPERS DAUGHTER, I expected this to be a very emotional read given the subject matter. Sadly, I also found this missing a certain something, something that prevented me from fully connecting with the characters and their situation, something that, if I'm being totally honest, left me not caring one way or another what the outcome of the trial was.
A relatively quick read of only 261 pages, I think one of the problems with the whole novel for me was that not enough time was spent looking more closely at all of the implications of Deborah's actions and of just what kind of emotional impact this would have on the rest of the family - 'fragile' son, Adam, and daughter, Sophie.
The biggest turn-off for me, however, was the, at times, too long winded and very crude descriptions of Deborah and Neil's lovemaking. Quite why the author felt that such language had to be used I do not know. After all we were supposed to believe that here we had a totally loving, devoted couple who adored each other and yet the language used to portray their sex life suggested something different, something very crude and, was it just me?, verging on the violent.
That said, this was, by its very nature, a thought provoking story that left me wondering just what I would do in Deborah's shoes. Just what verdict I would reach as a member of the jury.
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