Review: Final Judgment (Samantha Brinkman #4) by Marcia Clark

Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (April 21, 2020)

From  When it comes to relationships and self-preservation, defense attorney Samantha Brinkman has always been cut and run. But it’s different with her new lover, Niko, an ambitious and globally famous entrepreneur. Sam is putting her faith in him. She has to. He’s also her new client—a suspect in the murder of an investor whose shady dealings turned Niko’s good life upside down.

He had the motive: revenge. As did many others who banked a fortune on the wrong man. That’s a point in Niko’s favor. So is his alibi for the day of the slaying. Until that alibi mysteriously disappears. As Sam’s feverish search for another viable killer begins, the investigation only leads deeper into Niko’s past and its secrets.

From the darkest suspicions to final judgment, fighting for Niko is Sam’s job. To do it, she must risk everything on a man who could make all her worst fears come true.


My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

There were some definite inconsistencies with this one that I am hoping will be remedy by the time this novel goes to print. In once case, Samantha takes an Uber to work, a few paragraphs later she's driving to the jail to visit with a client, but then a few paragraphs after that, she's talking about having to take an Uber home. Then she makes plans with her father, sets a time, but when she calls him a few pages later, suddenly the time has been changed as though it was never set to being with. 

On the whole, it was a good addition to the story. I love watching Samantha in action (even though I often didn't agree with how she went about things), but I do wish we got to see more of her in court, or actually being a lawyer. This entire book she seemed like she was more doing the work of a PI or a Detective than she was a lawyer (not to mention things that would get her disbarred at the least if she were to be found out). 

Overlooking those things, this was another one of those stories that this author is so good at weaving together. She manages to do a lot of showing instead of telling, making you feel like you a part of this story. And, as typical with this series, she manages to tell two completely different stories that while they stand alone, they also completely intertwine with each other. 

I believe this story will appeal to those who enjoy well-written thriller novels, and I can't wait to read more from this author! 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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