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This was my first Alan Jacobson book, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was about half way through, thoroughly enjoying it -- really enjoying it! -- when I decided to look at some customer reviews, to see if everyone else had liked it as much as I did. They did -- except for a significant number who complained about the ending.
So for the rest of the book, I kept trying to figure out: what could possibly happen that would be such a surprise -- and not universally popular -- ending?
I just finished it. Now I know. It's a shocker, that's for sure. I didn't see that coming. But it's not at all inappropriate -- it's a fine ending. One I won't forget, that's for sure. I thought the whole thing was rather well done, including the ending.
All in all, it's a good listen. There was never a time when I was 'away with the fairies' -- I was stuck to it, every minute. One of those where I invented things to do so I could keep on listening. If there was a slow spot, it was three-quarters of the way through, in the trial scenes, we (and the jury) are lectured on more about DNA than any of us have heard since the OJ trial. That was overdone. Then too, the book will drive lawyers nuts. There's more 'bad law' per page than you could shake a stick at, so around the world, no doubt, there are lawyers suppressing the desire to jump up and shout "Objection!" every few minutes.
But really, this is fiction. It's fine. It's not real. It's a good book.
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This title had an unnerving resemblance to reality for me.
The accusations I encounter are not as sensitive as the ones in this story and they don't have the same dire consequences for the accuser or the accused, but they are wrapped-up in the half-lit world of gender politics, political fence-sitting and academic consequence.
The investigative, expert analysis rings bells too, as does the courtroom drama.
So, it had the comfortable feel of the familiar, the uncomfortable feel of the delicate and the academic appeal of searching for the truth.
That said, I am afraid I picked the twist about an hour in. I am not sure if it was the familiarity of the background material alone. Certainly it was not my personal experience. But somehow I just knew. However, given the reviews and the popularity of the title, I don't know that one should read too much into that, but I would have preferred not to know.
As for the performance, I thought Berkrot was good. His voices were familiar, believable and appropriate.
Overall, it is worth the adventure.
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