Blurb from Amazon: Los Angeles D.A. Rachel Knight is a tenacious, wise-cracking, and fiercely intelligent prosecutor in the city’s most elite division. When her colleague, Jake, is found dead at a grisly crime scene, Rachel is shaken to the core. She must take over his toughest case: the assault of a young woman from a prominent family.
But she can’t stop herself from digging deeper into Jake’s death, a decision that exposes a world of power and violence and will have her risking her reputation–and her life–to find the truth.
With her tremendous expertise in the nuances of L.A. courts and crime, and with a vibrant ensemble cast of characters, Marcia Clark combines intimate detail, riotous humor, and visceral action in a debut thriller that marks the launch of a major new figure on the crime-writing scene.
Author Marcia Clark is a former Los Angeles deputy district attorney. You may have heard her name a time or two *cough, cough* during the O.J. Simpson trial.
My thoughts: The story follows two cases at the same time and this fact alone keeps you on your toes as you try to keep them sorted. Marcia does a wonderful job of shaking up the stereotype tree quite a bit along the way and I found that particularly refreshing.
There were a few times when the story did tend to wander a bit. Getting into minute clothing details and the like, things that neither impacted the character nor progressed the story. This made for a few dry spots but I easily skipped over them and left them behind.
Rachel is gal who works hard, drinks, doesn’t cry at the drop of a hat yet never tries to lose nor hide her femininity. She’s compassionate, tough, smart and most importantly, very relatable. Marcia manages to get this balance exactly right with her entire cast of characters.
The book is marketed suspense/mystery but I personally found that it read more like a Chick Lit style of novel (but without the sex). It wasn’t a raw, edge of your seat, gripping kind of suspense but rather a very clever, engaging, well paced adventure. You won’t get all of the guesses right when the loose ends are tied up but you won’t be too far off.
More and more these days we are seeing ‘celeb’ types get published for their name rather than their skills so this book pleasantly surprised me in that regard. While Marcia may not be all the way there yet as a ‘writer’ (is anyone ever?) what she does have is a unique and confident style of writing that is all her own. A style I quite enjoyed. If book two can cut back on the dry spots and get a bit more raw (and yes please God is a kiss too much to ask for?) there’ll be nowhere to go but up for Miss Marcia Clark.
Where will Rachel’s brain and bravery take us next? I’ve no idea. But I’m going to find out. Book 2 Guilt by Degrees releases in May.
My rating: 3 pink handguns out of 5 (1 = I didn’t get more than a few chapters before dumping it, 5 = I read it in one night cause it was THAT good)