Review: Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark

Print Length: 462 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 29, 2017)

From When the daughter of prominent civil litigator Graham Hutchins is found with her throat slashed, the woman’s spurned ex-boyfriend seems the likely suspect. But only days later, the young man dies in what appears to be a suicide. Or was it? Now authorities are faced with a possible new crime. And their person of interest is Hutchins. After all, avenging the death of his daughter is the perfect reason to kill. If he’s as innocent as he claims, only one lawyer has what it takes to prove it: his friend and colleague Samantha Brinkman.
It’s Sam’s obligation to trust her new client. Yet the deeper she digs on his behalf, the more entangled she becomes in a thicket of family secrets, past betrayals, and multiple motives for murder. To win her case, she’s prepared to bend any law and cross any boundary that stands in her way. Sam has always played by her own rules, and it’s always worked…so far. But this case cuts so deep and so personal that one false move could cost her everything.

My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Although this is book number three in her Samantha Brinkman series, you do not have to have read the other stories in order to fully enjoy this one. There is just enough back story given from the other novels to fill in any blanks the reader may have. 

Once again, Ms. Clark has manged to weave together a gripping tale unlike anything I have read before. Filled with betrayal, deception and a whole ton of intrigue Snap Judgement will pull you in and keep you glued to the pages until the very last word. Each novel I pick up from this author is better than the last (seriously, its rare that I find a novel like this one where I find myself waking up in the middle of the night just to go sit and read for a little bit). This one had some definite twists and turns that I did not expect, and that I did not see coming! 

Even though there are two very separate and distinct story-lines going on here, the author manages to balance them almost perfectly so that the secondary plot, while given some time in the spotlight, does not by any means overshadow the main plot. Nor did it become confusing at any point on which case Samantha was working on. 

Overall, I am sure this story will still appeal to those who enjoy a well-written thriller novel. 

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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