A mother's worst nightmare - can her son be guilty of murder?
Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?
Has Sarah, in her single-minded determination to create a career for herself, neglected her son so much that she no longer knows him? He has often lied to her in the past, so how can she trust him when he says he is innocent this time? And what should she do when she herself uncovers evidence that seems to suggest his guilt?
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Delectable Legal Procedural Story! Loved it!
4 stars for A Game of Proof
Absolutely. This was a gripping read. Although it was quite slow to start and had some minor errors, (ie: Sarah's hair was brown in 2 instances and then black, fibula mentioned as bone in arm when it is a bone in leg, Lucy Sampson for 1st half of book-- then Lucy Parsons for 2nd half) this was a story that had so many elements that I'm not sure that I picked them all up the first time around. I'm sure that I could pick more up from hearing it again.
I liked that the narrator inserted emotion and different pitches and accents into her narration; it really added to the story. I loved that this story showed the strength and resiliency of the human spirit, and that the justice system sometimes works!
I have not listened to Susan Edmonds before. I do like that she was able to produce different English accents. As an American, I always find it a treat to listen to books narrated by people with English accents. She did a great job.
Like Law and Order, only better!
I was given an audio copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. I also read along in many parts, so I will comment on both the audiobook and the ebook versions.
A Game of Proof opens with the trial of Gary Harker, a man indicted for the brutal rape of Sharon. This trial is very intense and goes on for quite some time. It is important to the story, although I felt that it started to drag on a bit. It could have been cut down by at least half while still getting the point and all pertinent information across. Then, we move onto Sarah Newby's daughter, Emily, going missing and her son, Simon, being charged with his ex-girlfriend's (Jasmine Hurst's) rape/murder. All the while, Gary Harker is still a suspect to the police in the "Hooded Rapist" crimes, in which at least 3 women have been attacked, and one has been murdered. This makes for a very busy plot and a long book; I do have to say that it did hold my attention and I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of keeping all the characters straight. I did find it interesting that the author used a Gary, Harry, Terry, and Larry.
There were numerous small errors throughout the book/audio. For example, in the audio, when referring to bones in the arm, the fibula was noted; the fibula is a bone in the lower leg. Sarah was also described in 2 places to have brown hair and then another to have black hair. Also, in the audiobook, the narrator called Lucy 'Lucy Samson' for the first half of the book and 'Lucy Parsons' for the second half.
Overall, the audio performance was quite good. I was very pleased with the clarity of the narrator's voice and her use of different pitches and accents for different characters. She did a fantastic job inserting emotion in her voice in all the right places and really made the book enjoyable to listen to. The production quality was good as I didn't hear any static, pops, clicks, etc.
In conclusion, this book would be like if a typical Law and Order episode was turned into a 3+ hour movie; you'd be left sitting there like: "why couldn't they have cut it down to the standard 42 minutes plus commercials?". This is a good book with the potential to be great; the opening trial just dragged on a bit too much, when it should've been a little bit more like the speed of Simon's trial. This book starts out slow, but it's like a ball rolling down a hill; once it gets started, it's full steam ahead! If the little errors weren't overlooked as well, I definitely think this would be a 5+ star read. I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series (and I usually don't read any but the first in series, so that's saying a lot coming from me!)