The Perfect Alibi – Phillip Margolin (5**)


I was fortunate to receive this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.

Robin Lockwood, attorney for Barrister, Berman & Lockwood is coming into the office to start her day when she’s met by Maxine & Randi Stark, a mother and daughter who wish to sue the daughter Randi’s rapist.

As Robin sits with Randi to obtain information, a story emerges of a young woman who goes to a frat party and dances with the young man in question, before she is led into a bedroom, where the alleged rape occurs, the tail end of which is discovered by Randi’s friend, Annie Roche. When Annie finds Blaine Hastings on top of her Randi, with her friend yelling ‘get off me’, she screams, causing the rapist to flee. Annie then took her friend to the hospital where DNA evidence irrefutably links Blaine to the crime, and he’s arrested. Despite his denials, and after an angry outburst in court, he is convicted – and he threatens his lawyer as he’s lead out of the courtroom.

Then, shortly thereafter, another young woman is raped, and inexplicably a rape kit also finds DNA that is linked to Blaine. But Blaine remains in jail and couldn’t possibly have committed this act. Blaine’s new lawyer then petitions the court for his release until the error can be explained, and Robyn’s team searches for an explanation. Meanwhile, a freed Blaine goes missing, and his victim, Randi, fears for her safety.

Then, an attorney is found dead in his office, and another is missing – from the firm that represented Blaine in his initial rape case. Are they connected? Or is there something else going on entirely?

I really love a good legal thriller and this one has all the elements I’ve come to expect – a compelling case, a likeable attorney, and enough mystery and intrigue that make putting it down next to impossible until the final page is turned! A fabulous new must-read from Phillip Margolin!!

Silent Suspect – Kerry Wilkinson (5 *****)


I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review.

Coming right off the heels of Wilkinson’s last book, Detective Inspector Jessica Daniel is back, and resuming the search for her housemate Bex, still missing after the events of the last novel. Jessica receives a phone call one night from a phone box, and the caller says one word, Jess’s name, and the line goes dead. Jess is certain that it is Bex’s voice, and she traces the call to a phone box in nearby Blackpool.

Upon arriving in town, Jessica surveys the phone box, and finds a missing persons picture, that looks very similar to Bex. She calls the number on the photo, and connects with Peter, the missing girl’s brother. They agree to meet, spend some time walking around town and talking, then head their separate ways. When Jess awakens the next morning, it’s to DCI Ashley Fordham’s knock on her hotel room door. Peter has been found dead, she was the last to see him alive, and there’s fresh blood on her car. But whose?

While Jess pleads her innocence, the police are appropriately skeptic, and she launches her own investigation. She connects with another young woman at Peter’s workplace, who then mysteriously disappears as well. Coincidence? Or is someone setting Jessica up for a murder charge.

Not knowing who to turn to, Jessica calls her old friend Andrew, who comes to her aid. Now being sought by the Blackpool police, Jess narrowly misses capture, and in a race against time she and Andrew work to unmask the real killers – and discover a human trafficking operation in the process…

Another fabulous read from Kerry Wilkinson. I discovered her books completely by accident on, and I am hooked!! I cannot wait to read the remainder of this series!! Completely un-put-downable!! Make this your next read!!