Trial and Terror

  • by Adam L. Penenberg
  • Narrated by Jack de Golia
  • 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The good news is that public defender Summer Neuwirth just won her first case, which involved a brutal rape and kidnapping. 
The bad news? Her client was guilty.
What's more, he knows all about Summer's past.
As Summer pursues her next case, this time to keep an innocent woman off death row, elements of that past--a mysterious case of childhood amnesia, her police officer father's involvement with a serial killer, a terrifying attack she survived just months earlier--entwine with her present legal work, her missing mother, and her rocky relationship with a private investigator, all of which culminate in a thrilling trial... and terror.


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not your typical thriller mystery

Trial and Terror is not your typical thriller mystery as it has a horrible bend towards horror. A young woman, Summer Neuwirth, who is an upcoming public defender with a past of rape, successfully defends her first client - who is guilty. Knowing this she willingly jumps into a van to go places that are questionably safe; she also has a past that begins at 4 years of age and friends who are not all they seem.

Now she has a client that is truly innocent facing the death sentence if she fails. Politics, morals and ethics begin to play a pivotal role ... will she succeed? This is one question that is NOT answered.

This story is hard to swallow as there are so many inconsistencies - no woman who has been raped will get into a car with a known "bad" guy regardless of what he offers. Second, I know women struggle to be seen as smart, professional and an equal in most areas of work. However, this book was chocked full of references demoralizing women more than would be necessary to show these differences of opinions.

I did enjoy the battle of wits between Summer and Rain (the Prosecutor) when petitioning Judge Hightower. That was enjoyable and showed just how much spunk Summer has at least in one area.

The chapter transitions throughout the book was disjointing. I found myself stopping several times to make sure I hadn't gotten a bad audio copy. Additionally, not all Chapters were announced which also made it seem disjointed. The plot was ok, the character development could have been much better as the past of each person should have been delved into more. There were a few leaps of faith that didn't pan out well.

Finally, the ending was so rushed and abrupt. The ending of this book is clearly a ploy to get people to buy the second book to find out whether Summer is successful in getting her client off the hook or not. Mostly everything is answered toward the last 10 minutes but not everything.

Sadly, this book had a lot of potential that was never met.

The narrator did well. His enunciation was fine, his projection of emotion was good.

The audio production was fine as well.

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Mysterios and Terrifying!

I first must admit that I am not big on mysteries and I held back on listening to this story for far too long. I'm happy that I did decide to listen to it because author Adam L. Penenberg did a great host with creating this story. I don't give away details in my reviews because I'm always worried that I will spoil it for others. I just tend to explain how good the story is or if it wasn't. I will say it was a great story and worth the credit or the purchase. I do believe that Adam is well known in the media for things he's done and his stories have been opted for films. I might be wrong but I think I'm right when I write this.

Adam's story of Trial and Terror kept me fully engaged from start to finish. This was my first time listening to anything by this author but I will definitely look for more of his stories. It was one of those on the edge of your seat masterpieces. I found it to be the type of mystery that I really enjoy. You couldn't get enough of the creepy, the mysterious, and suspenseful. The storyline is filled with plots and unexpected twist throughout the story. Adam Penenberg definitely knows what he's doing when it comes to writing this type of mystery.

The narrator, Jack Dr Golia did a magnificent job with his telling of this story. I've never listened to any of his stories but I'm extremely glad that I finally got to this story. I found home to be extremely talented and a wide vocal range. Every character's voice and accents were outstanding. He is a very talented narrator and it shows throughout the story. I will definitely be looking forward to listening to more of this narrator's work.
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-19-2014
  • Publisher: Wayzgoose, Inc.