Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell

 Claim of Innocence by Laura Caldwell

Claim of Innocence

Written by Laura Caldwell
Copyright 2011
  448 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2932-9

Book Description:

Forbidden relationships are the most tempting.  And the most dangerous.

It was a crime of passion-or so the police say.  Valeria Solara has been charged with poisoning her best friend.  The prosecution claims she’s always been secretly attracted to Amanda’s husband…and with Amanda gone, she planned to make her move.

Attorney Izzy McNeil left thyour life legal world a year ago, but a friend’s request pulls her into the murder trial.  Izzy knows how passion can turn your life upside down.  She thought she had it once with her ex-fiance, Sam.  Now she wonders if that’s all she has in common with her criminally gorgeous younger boyfriend, Theo.

It’s Izzy’s job to present the facts that will exonerate her client-whether or not she’s innocent.  But when she suspects Valerie is hiding something, she begins investigating-and uncovers a web of secret passions and dark motives, where seemingly innocent relationships can prove poisonous…

About the author:

Laura Caldwell a former trial lawyer, is currently a professor and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is the author of ten novels, including Burning the Map, The Rome Affair and the award-winning Izzy McNeil series.  She is also the author of the nonfiction book, Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Found Him, based upon her work on a Chicago murder trial.  She is a nationwide speaker and the founder of Life After Innocence, which helps innocent people begin their lives again after being wrongfully imprisoned.  Laura has been published in thirteen languages and more than twenty countries.

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My thoughts:

I sometimes have a hard time connecting with trial novels because I know nothing about that world but I eventually got really wrapped up in Claim of Innocence.  The first chapter was a little slow to start but when the plot line started thickening, I was interested and wanted to know more.  I think Caldwell is an excellent writer; she gave more and more information as you read on but never gives all the answers until the end.  I was a bit surprised by the ending and didn’t see what all was coming.  I would have never guessed.  It was complex but brilliant and seems like it could have happened in real life.  All the characters were real with their complexity.  I stayed up until 1 am finishing the book.  Once I got to about half- way, there was no chance I could put the book down.  I had to know the ending and whether Valerie was innocent or guilty.  I had a hunch but I didn’t see the whole complex picture.  I love how Caldwell ties up the ending.  I was elated with the whole entire story at the end.

Buy It: You can buy Claim of Innocence for $7.99 US. 

Disclaimer: I received this book for free for this review.  I was in no way compensated for this post. Everything written is my own thoughts and feelings. Thank you!
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