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Book Review – Degrees of Guilt by HS Chandler @Helen_Fields @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #BookReview #BlogTour #suspense

Many thanks to Tracy Fenton and Compulsive Readers for my spot on this Blog Tour.

Have you ever read a book which has caused your soul to hush and go silent just by reading the statement given by accused about her life story? Mine did. Everything which was a woman in me rebelled and cried for Maria as she gave her testimony.

A hush surrounded my soul

A pain gripped my heart

Freedom was taken away

Control was held affirm

Why does a man show power

How low does a woman need to be

But one day she broke

Her control lost its peace

A chair was broken

A skull was flattened

Meet the accused Maria

This was her story, her life

Maria nearly killed her husband and surrendered to the police. Her case was set for trial to be decided by 12 jurors. The story not only told me what Maria had done, it concentrated on a couple of jurors and their flirting and affair with each other. And I wondered why I was being given the 2 parallel stories and if the two should ever meet. And boy, it sure did! And it was explosive!

My first book by HS Chandler, the story blew me away with the delicious reveals it held in its darkest embers. I bought this book as the cover and the story gripped me a bit too much. The author’s writing shook me up, and what I thought I knew was actually what I didn’t know. Nothing was as it seemed, yet it was everything horrifying.

Psychological power plays and abuse was written in a swirling vortex which submerged me to its abyss and at the same time, brought me to the surface with the unpredictable twists. A thriller it was in genre, majority of it a court trial. Accused and jurors had their own dilemma, powerfully exposed at the end.

Wow! A compulsive read which made me glued to it from beginning to end.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher Orion Books, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

All my reviews can be read here

A former barrister, HS Chandler practised for thirteen years in both family and criminal law. Having extensively prosecuted and defended, she is an avid believer in the right to a fair trial, and in the invaluable role that juries play in the British legal system.

Maria is on trial for attempted murder.

She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.

Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.

She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.

You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.

You will be wrong.

Publication Date: 16th May 2019

Publisher: Trapeze

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