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if I don't like them I just delete them off my kindle and ...
on 22 June 2018
This book is awful.
I don't normally write reviews on books, if I don't like them I just delete them off my kindle and that's that, but after finishing this book I was compelled to write a review after seeing all the five stars on Amazon.
The main problem with this book is that all the characters are awful with no redeeming features. The book centres on a rape of a 10 year old black girl by two white guys and the trial that follows. The 'hero' Jake is arrogant and chauvinistic, the thing that attracted him to his (now) wife Carla was that she was beautiful, but then he married her because her family had money and her own mother had never worked, and this lack of ambition appealed to him. Quote ' he wanted a wife who would stay home and stay beautiful and have babies and not try to wear the pants'. He then sends her away at the first sign of trouble, and hires a very young clerk whom he describes as having a 'healthy bust-line with no bra' Apart from the total lack of respect for women there is also every caricature ever. We have a couple of rednecks who are the rapists, the money grabbing defence lawyer, the disbarred alcoholic lawyer that helps with the case, the black ex Vet father of the girl who was raped, the alcoholic expert witness that hides something in his past, the best friend who is also an alcoholic divorce lawyer, the sturdy hero of a sheriff who is also black, the judge who is being blackmailed by friends of the DA, the juror who is being threatened. The characters are ridiculous. Everyone screams at each other, especially in court, not just shouts, screams. Everyone calls everyone a n***ger, Even the town is a caricature of itself with the white coffee shop and the black BBQ cafe. But the main reason I hated this book is the accused that killed the two rapists in cold blood knew he would get off before he did the murder, everyone considered him a hero and the rapists 'just done needed killing'. The jurors were getting bullied into making a decision and then finally came round to a verdict by someone telling them to think of it as a white girl being raped by two black guys instead. So that’s ok, white girl getting raped by two black guys and the dad kills them - fine, black girl getting raped by two white guys and the dad kills them - not so much. How about, no neither is right!
If you want to read a terrible, terrible book with awful characters and a bad ending read this. If you want to read a book about black v white in a court case read To Kill A Mocking Bird – beautifully written and a much better story.