“She had participated in making herself a victim. That was what shamed and silenced her.” (Page 138)
The writing craft of the author is what kept me in tune with this good piece of fiction, also the fact that I was driving right through the area of the story on the Redwood Highway (101) while reading the book made it fun. I figured out the ugly truth of the story early on, but the plotting and movement of the themes made the story grab hold.
Campbell kept working on the theme of family relationships, how psychological factors play into an ugly situation, how far back the pain can originate; the human relationships and situations were vital to the story line and comprehension. How do childhood events shape lives and change the trajectory? What happens when the community decides the verdict and there is a mob response and vicious threats included? How mean can people be in our current environment and how does that play out in a community?
From the cover:
“Defense Attorney Sophie Giraudo is about to open a new practice in her California hometown when the beloved governor is shot during a celebration in the town park. The only thing more shocking than the crime itself is the identity of the would-be assassin: a seemingly gentle teenager named Donny.”
I recommend IN DOUBT for all those who enjoy a good suspenseful thriller because it is defined by a solid premise, finely crafted writing, interesting, and I think many people will enjoy the story because of the family dynamics and psychological reveals. I think the lawyer had to be a woman for this story to find the drive and produce understanding for the reader; it made it hard to leave the story and do other activities. I recommend this story to those who do not normally read legal thrillers because the story is not overwhelmingly violent, there is so much more depth.
“Drusilla Campbell is the author of the critically acclaimed novels When She Came Home, Little Girl Gone, The Good Sister, Blood Orange, The Edge of the Sky, Wildwood, and Bone Lake. She had crossed the Pacific Ocean three times before she started school, and in her twenties lived in Europe and Central American. Today she is happy to stay home in San Diego with her husband, attorney and poet Art Campbell, and their two rescued dogs and three horses.”
Drusilla Campbell died of cancer October 2014
She won the San Diego Book Award for her last novel.
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