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This was one heck of a ride, a brilliant book by author Paula Daly. Life is not fair, and miscarriage of justice occurs.

When Tess from InnocenceUK took up Carrie’s case who was languishing in prison, three years into her fifteen, events from both their lives came to light. Carrie had been convicted for killing her husband’s lover. The entire book was the unfolding of clues and witnesses previously in hiding.

Paula Daly is one of my favorite authors, and this book proved me right again. There was a subtle excitement from the beginning of the story that built up as the pages turned. The entire story had me questioning the accused. What was she hiding? Where was the desperation coming from? There was a sense of games being played behind the curtains. But till the very end, I didn’t know who was pulling the strings of the story.

Paula’s characters were not shown black or white. They had so many shades of gray that it became difficult to judge them. Tess, the main character, showed the fortitude and patience to seive through all the clues. Her own life was in shambles. At one point, Tess and Carrie, the lawyer and the accused respectively, had their lives intersected. It was interesting to see how these subplots unfurled in the main canvas of the story.

This book made me forget my grief for those few hours. The tension filled scenes, the slow rise of adrenaline, the need to get to the finish line, the feeling of being punched by the last chapter had me smiling right through the book. This book had it all, and that’s why I love thrillers!!

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Paula Daly is the critically acclaimed author of six novels. She has been shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year award, and her books have been developed for the new ITV television series, Deep Water, starring Anna Friel. She was born in Lancashire and lives in the Lake District with her husband, three children, and whippet Skippy.




When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it when they arrested her, when they put her in front of a jury, and when they sent her to prison.

Now she’s three years into a fifteen-year sentence, away from the daughter she loves and the life she had built. And she is still denying that she is to blame.


Tess Gilroy has devoted her life to righting wrongs. Through her job for Innocence UK, a charity which takes on alleged miscarriages of justice, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth.

But when she is asked to take Carrie’s case, Tess realises that if she is to help this woman, she must risk uncovering the secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide . . .

We’ve all done things we’re not proud of.

Publication Date: 8th August 2019

Publisher: Transworld Digital

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  1. Brilliant review, Shalini. Gray characters are the most interesting, because they tend to be highly relatable. Anna Friel is a fantastic actress, I’ll be looking forward to the new series. Glad the book gave a bit of respite for a few hours.

        1. We all have good days bad days.
          You are one of the very beautiful people Toni, very sensitive and perceptive. I could feel the vibes from you ❤️ thank you for being a part of my life

  2. I really love characters that aren’t black or white. I always love my characters to have their own flaws and such: it makes them more human😊This sounds like yet another terrific read! And ofcourse accompanied by another terrific review😘

  3. Wonderful review Shalini. This is an author I am not familiar with, but this book sounds really good. Will have to check it out. Sorry you are having some bad days. Hugs for you. 🤗🤗🤗

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