(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)
Sarah Wasser has her life planned out for her by her father. Since she was little, she always knew that one day, she was to become a lawyer. Now a law student, she comes home to two messages on her answering machine. One of which is bad news about an internship over the summer and the other is even worse news when her close friend from High School has just been charged for murdering her two children. Sarah decides to go back home at Eight Mile Junction over the summer to see what she can do to help defend her best friend. What she’s not ready for is that behind every secret uncovered throughout the trial, there might be all sorts of betrayal.
Dorothy M. Place’s writing is exceptional. You can really see that she writes with passion. Her plot is on point and there’s always something new to learn when it comes to such a difficult case. Cheating and sexual abuse might be amongst difficult and uncomfortable topics to read about but cases like these can happen in real life. Her characters are so realistic in the way that nearly everyone has made at least one mistake. Even the ending is true to life since, just like it didn’t end the way that I would have anticipated, life also rarely goes on as planned. Things change, people change and so many things can impact someone’s life. Sometimes, it can affect one’s life for the worse. I thought it was really interesting how the place where Sarah and her friend JoBeth first met just so happened to be the same place that the murder happened. It kind of symbolized, in my opinion, her return to the past. It felt like all of what happened over the summer helped her find closure and with every secret unraveled, you can see how much she matures and finds herself through it all.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a book about crime, betrayal and uncovering secrets.
I rate it a 4 out of 5 feathers!