I have been spoiled with great books lately. Spoiled.
I loved Degrees of guilt by H.S. Chandler.
From the very first page I was drawn into Maria’s story, but it was the introduction of Lottie and the other Jury members that had me hooked. Especially, the scenes and chapters involving Lottie and Cameron together. And the Tabitha’s, who were all so well written. Really all the characters were well developed, interesting and memorable.
It was a courtroom drama that completely surprised me, held my attention, and kept me glued to the page. So good!
The writing was great, I loved H. S. Chandler’s narrative style. And I really can’t say anything about the plot for spoilers – but the book is one of the best legal thrillers I’ve read this year. It was so much more than just a courtroom drama, it was a big soap opera filled with interesting and flawed characters. And H.S. Chandler did a great job at highlighting the complex nature of big Jury cases.
I think Degrees of guilt would make a basis for an amazing mini TV series. When reading I pictured Reese Witherspoon as Lottie. Have you read it? She’d make a great Lottie, right?
Degrees of guilt by H.S. Chandler was gripping, intense, twisty and a wee bit sexy. The blurb below is good, but doesn’t do the story justice.
Also after reading the book I loved the title even more. Degrees of guilt – yep, I get what the author meant. Clever.
H. S. Chandler is a pen name for Helen Fields – I am now the proud owner of the first 3 books in her D. I. Callanach series and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in. I think I might have found a new favourite author – Exciting!
I received a copy of the book via NetGalley, from the publisher. A big thank you to Tracy for inviting me to be part of the Compulsive Readers blog tour.
When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale.
Maria is on trial for attempted murder.
She has confessed to the crime and admits that she wanted her husband dead.
Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide Maria’s fate.
She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.
You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
You will be wrong.
A former barrister, HS Chandler is a pseudonym for bestselling crime author Helen Fields, who practised for thirteen years in both family and criminal law. Having extensively prosecuted and defended, she is an avid believer in the right to a fair trial, and in the invaluable role that juries play in the British legal system. Helen was born in Hampshire and now lives in the US.