He tells you you’re special…
As a barrister, Ingrid Lewis is used to dealing with tricky clients, but no one has ever come close to John Webster. After Ingrid defended Webster against a stalking charge, he then turned on her – following her, ruining her relationship, even destroying her home.
He tells you he wants to protect you…
Now, Ingrid believes she has finally escaped his clutches. But when one of her colleagues is run down on a busy London road, Ingrid is sure she was the intended victim. And then Webster shows up at her door…
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But can you believe him?
Webster claims Ingrid is in danger – and that only he can protect her. Stalker or saviour? Murderer or protector? The clock is ticking for Ingrid to decide. Because the killer is ready to strike again.
Gosh what a complicated story, though I mean that in a good way. And what fascinating characters. Who can you trust? Who is lying? So many clues but are they red herrings? I had my suspicions, but I was often totally wrong, though one or two I didn’t trust and proved right. I can’t say more except trust no-one. Because anyone could be guilty, though sometimes it’s the guilty we need to trust.
We have all heard about the ‘policeman’s nose’, that instinct they often claim to have acquired. But in court, it’s only evidence that counts, especially when you yourself are a lawyer like Ingrid.
I’m not alone (I have read other reviews) in enjoying – I won’t say liking – the character of John Webster (stalker, thief, possible killer) more than Ingrid herself. She’s a barrister, who finds herself the possible target of some kind of revenge killing. This is the conclusion she comes to when her colleague Belinda dies under a lorry, assumed to be an accident. But Belinda was carrying Ingrid’s umbrella, so Ingrid believes she herself was the intended target.
But was she, or is she being paranoid? Other things happen that make her think she is right, but does that mean everything is connected? Because if it is, she hasn’t a clue who or why.
It’s interesting that the law is brought into question here. Is it ever right to defend in court someone who has done something terrible, committed a heinous crime. I personally know the solicitor who defended Rose West. His mum once said to me that she didn’t understand how he could defend someone so evil. But in law, everyone is entitled to a fair trial – even murderers. Innocent until proven guilty and all that.
By the time you get to the end, there are so many twists, turns and threads to pull together, but this author manages to do that perfectly, with each ‘reveal’ dealt with one by one. Absolutely superb and very different from the usual crime thriller. And I’d love to see John Webster in another novel, even if that is a bit weird.
Many thanks to @annecater for inviting me to be part of #RandomThingsTours
About the Author
Jane Casey is no stranger to the crime world. Married to a criminal barrister, she’s got the inside track on some of the country’s most dangerous offenders, giving her writing an unsettlingly realistic feel. This authenticity has made her novels international bestsellers and critical successes. They have been nominated for several awards and in 2015 Jane won both the Mary Higgins Clark Award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year for The Stranger You Know and After the Fire, respectively. In 2019, Cruel Acts was chosen as Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards. It was a Sunday Times bestseller. Born in Dublin, Jane now lives in southwest London with her family.