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The Accused [Paperback]

Constance Briscoe
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18 Aug 2011

She was found at the crime scene, covered in blood with the murder weapon in her hand and no memory of how she got there....

No wonder that the police believe Elizabeth Johnson is guilty of stabbing a young woman to death.

Only Elizabeth's best-friend, Sam Bailey, doesn't believe the evidence against her. But both girls are ex-cons and former prostitutes and she will have to go to extra-ordinary lengths to prove Elizabeth innocent....

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (Fiction) (18 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091940923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091940928
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"From the author of Ugly comes this brilliant, addictive novel" (Star)

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The debut crime novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of UGLY and BEYOND UGLY

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Run of the mill, but a good casual read 8 Aug 2011
By V. Nicholl VINE VOICE
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Icey is found at the scene of the crime with blood all over her and the murder weapon in her hands. Convicted of murder, her friend Sam sets out to to clear her name. They are both former prostitutes (and both suffered horrific abuse as children), eager to move out of the industry and start up their own investigation service, Fleet Investigations. This idea was given to them by their parole officer no less.

The writing isn't particularly good, but then Brisoe isn't aiming to win the Booker, she is writing mass market crime fiction. It is easy to read, and the author lays everything out clearly. There is lots of drama, the chapters are short, and you get thorough introductions to the characters and their history's. This reads in part like a misery memoir, and certainly isn't a ringing endorsement of the justice system. But as Brisoe says, it is a reflection of the dark side of the system, and is valid.

I didn't really enjoy this, but that doesn't mean it won't make a great casual read for many. If you want a pacey crime thriller that won't tax your brain too much then this is worth the money
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Alessi Lover TOP 500 REVIEWER
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One of those books that just draws you in deeper!

Now I loved reading this one, the chapters are only a couple of pages in most cases. So really easy to pick up and put down but not loose any of the story or emotions within it.

The blurb from the back of the book makes it sound as though it is simply a case of a friend coming to the aid of a 'maybe killer'. Not going to give away anything on this ..... all I can say though is that 'it will have you hooked!' Not a thriller, not a chick flick but something that is any easy good read. One with some depth about it. Crisp and simply written, one that needs no mulling over or trying to fathom out.

Quite cleary the author Constance Briscoe has used her years in the law as basis for some of the story. Only someone that has been in some of the situations or up close can write so clearly and sharply about such matters. You feel as though the author has had a hands on experience, as the way she almost 'guides' her characters through the court process, you could almost believe it to be real. These girls could be prostitutes in any city going about their trade, but sadly these have not only had to endure heartache and misplaced love in the past, along with other unsavoury happenings. But now one might be deemed to have killed someone .... well with the evidence 'in place' it looks like that.

I have since found that the author has written two books previously, but I haven't read those. They seem to be about the author's C. Briscoe's life which in themselves sound almost horrific.

Well to myself C. Briscoe has taken the law into her own hands and written a dammed good book. Hoping that there will be another one in the pipeline very soon.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Constance Briscoe Accussed 12 Mar 2013
By janb
Very disappointing read. I am a fan of Tess Gerritsen and hoped this would be as good. The use of "street" language fails miserably and I had to look up some of the words and the dictionary does not agree with Constance Briscoe's use! I picked this up in a charity shop, but having read about 10 pages am not bothering with the rest. Poorly written and too much detail about location of court buildings - I know Constance Briscoe is a QC and a judge but I don't need to know this sort of detail. If you are thinking of buying this one don't bother it is not a good read at all. Jan B
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable 27 July 2011
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Constance Briscoe is plainly a remarkable woman who deserves great respect for what she has achieved in her life. Unfortunately, those achievements do not include writing good crime fiction. I'm afraid I found this book very run-of-the-mill and forgettable.

The story is of a girl with a background of drugs and prostitution who is wrongly convicted of a murder, and of her friend's lone quest to uncover the truth despite opposition from an uncaring legal system, corrupt policemen, a prejudiced get the picture, I'm sure. Briscoe's background in the worlds she writes about lends the story some credibility, but it follows a very familiar pattern to which, disappointingly, she doesn't bring anything really new. The characters are a pretty stereotyped lot with little in the way of emotional depth and we get plenty of the familiar old plot features like child abuse and, of course, the good old Cornered Killer Climax.

It all felt rather tired, not helped by the prose style. It would be a little harsh to say that it is cliché-strewn, but phrases like "they were up to their old tricks again" and "God's gift to women" do appear pretty regularly, and I found it unengaging writing which in places was off-puttingly hackneyed.

This might be OK as a brain-off read for the beach but I can't really recommend it beyond that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Now, what was the story again? 13 Oct 2011
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Amazon's star system means three stars is 'okay' which is just about right for this book. I wasn't expecting a great deal, as I'd read one or two reviews beforehand and I didn't get a great deal.

In fact, the story is just as forgettable as whatshisname. The courtroom scenes certainly reflect the author's day job and read well but her ability to build upon the characters is well below expectations which mean there is no empathy and no gripping thrill as the story meanders along.

The saving grace is the use of short chapters and the fact it's very easy to read. But, having just finished 'Cell 8' I was looking for something a little brighter and more entertaining. A sort of PI tripping along in high stilettos is not my idea of entertaining and a bevy of well endowed young females (I nearly said beavering away but changed my mind) helping to investigate the background to the initial murder to help clear a friend's life sentence is just gooey. The fact that yet another relgious nutter is serially killing more young females could mean we'll run out of them if we're not careful. Thankfully, the killer is caught in a finale which smoulders rather like the dying embers of a bonfire after Plot Night.

And what about DCI Paradissimo. Can there be a DCI so incompetent with such a matinee idol's name. No, I thought not.

Anyway, take the book on a long train journey and then leave it for another passenger. By the time you've disembarked, you'll have forgotten all about it but it will have passed the time.

I will look out for Briscoe's next book in the hope she can concentrate on what she knows - which could well produce an really good thriller. We'll see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this story. A good read
Published 1 month ago by barbie
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Beryl Bartlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book, excellently written
A captivating story couldn't put it down. Have also read Ugly and Beyond Ugly and the books just get better. Looking forward to reading the next one.
Published 1 month ago by Krey
3.0 out of 5 stars Constance Briscoe's only novel to date.
I regret not being able to comment on this book because of my other activities, I haven't been able to read it yet, but the idea of its short chapters does appeal to me.
Published 1 month ago by Eddy S
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Well worth reading, exceptional writer who keeps you gripped to the end. Look forward to the next one and more.
Published 2 months ago by Amanda Kim Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a must for your book collection.
Published 2 months ago by anastacia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Accused
Google ready, I love Constance Briscoe. I plan to buy every book she brings out. I give her my full support. A must read.
Published 7 months ago by J Beckles
5.0 out of 5 stars Activating
This book is easy to read; it is gripping and gives a perfect discription of fast thinking and active mind.
Published 9 months ago by Arius
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Read, one for the beach perhaps.
Having sat on Jury Service with Constance Briscoe representing the defence for four months, I was amazed at her ability to persuade the Jury of her clients innocence, fantastic... Read more
Published 12 months ago by iquidtrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Constance Briscoe
Took this book on holiday with me could not put it down. Have read Ugly and Beyond Ugly by same auther am now waiting for Constance Briscoe to write a sequel to The Accused.
Published 12 months ago by Janet Davies
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