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Had the potential, but lacked the pizzazz!
on 11 July 2014
I had high hopes for Lover In Law, with it's intriguing storyline, I thought I would be guaranteed the indulgence of entertaining escapism: Barristers, a celebrity TV presenter's murder trail and an interracial love triangle. Unfortunately, despite it's heavy hitting potential, this story didn't reach to the dizzy heights of compelling excellence, I had expected.
Lover In Law was a likeable read, with a steady pace, albeit a tad too drawn out towards the last few chapters of the book. Despite the author's commendable efforts in attempting to produce a sleek and intelligent prose, I still felt the story lacked a comprehensive delivery.
The character development of all three main characters was the biggest disappointment for me - especially Ali and Anthony. It felt as if the mutual attraction and intensity between Anthony and Ali that the author wrote about had developed during the 'absent chapters' between the last time the author had described them together to the next time, and as the reader, you felt somewhat cheated at having been left out of their supposedly deepening relationship. When they were together, their exchanges were far too brief and the narrative was not descriptive enough to feel any real connection between them. The manner in which Ali's long term relationship with Adam was described, only faired fractional better, however, I still felt the author was economical with her narrative with him too. Adam was depicted as an affable character, so I was very perplexed at the reason given for he's decision to split with Ali after she told him she thought he was having an affair. For plausibility, and he's said affability, would he have taken such an action - especially considering he had been in a relationship with Ali for eleven years, and she was expecting a baby? His reaction/decision was as weak play on the dramatics, on the author's part.
As I enjoy reading about matters of the law and court cases, I was really hoping to get an inside view of the gritty tales experienced by Ali whilst representing a high profile client on a murder case. For me, the author's attempts to illustrate such matters just didn't manage to incite enough stimulus or flair.
I was hoping for a gripping and enthralling five-star delivery, regrettable, Lover in Law was a languished and lightweight three-star read.