My favorite part about the novel was the courtroom setting. Skipping the TV/movie drama, Amal creates lawyers who follow procedure, and her legal expertise shows on the page. I was especially surprised that people on the stand didn’t tell these long, dramatic stories and instead answered each question directly and without offering more information than necessary. If there was more information needed, the lawyer would ask. I was relieved, to be honest, that courtrooms aren’t the zoos I’ve always imagined — surprise witnesses, someone busting through the court room door with a piece of evidence no one knew about, some kind of “you can’t handle the truth” off-the-rails speech.
I loved reading Melanie’s thoughts about my novel. It’s a positive, but well-balanced review that highlights what worked as well as what didn’t. She has given me some food for thought as I continue to write.
Find her full review here: https://grabthelapels.com/2019/04/26/a-case-of-first-impression/
I hope everyone is having a nice weekend!