I hope this is the start of a series as it was very well done. It won't appeal unless you're into courtroom dramas, though, as most of it is set in and around the courtroom. It got a little heavy at times and confusing, I found, as of course I'm no lawyer. Some of it seems so confusing, though it is pretty fascinating to learn about all the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on we never get to see or hear about. I didn't understand at all why Fitz objected to Erin's rap-sheet not being run by the prosecutor in one instance. I'd have expected he wouldn't have want it run......so this left me somewhat baffled. I did like Judge Daniel. He was a decent bloke, I thought, as were both Fitz and Sean. It was nice to see the really powerful lawyers in the courtroom were women as well. That makes a change. He got the apostrophe right in victims' once then wrote it as victim's later on in !! He missed one in Collins' murder and Reynolds' response, too. He used ringer and not wringer, then all of a sudden between pages 340 and 346 he got his speechmarks totally messed up. Only in those pages, not before or afterwards so I'm not sure what happened there !! One minute the bailiff of the court was a male but then "the bailiff shook her head." This aside, it wasn't horrendously full of errors which was good. I'll definitely take a look and see what else he's written and download another.
I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads draw.
This is an excellent legal thriller. Garret Holms, a judge and a legal expert centres his novel around the courtroom. His writing of the unfolding courtroom drama and all its intricacies are gripping. He has an excellent knowledge of legal processes and can write about them in a clear and entertaining way.
Garret Holms writes short chapters often only a few pages long, each from the perspective of one of the characters in the book. I found this style to be particularly effective turning the story into a real page turner. I found I consumed large amounts of this book in single sittings.
His descriptions of the lack of empathy and conscience of a psychopath were believable, particularly when involved in the legal process, showing that the author was able to write from experience.
What let the story down for me was the descriptions of the individual characters and their psychological motivations outside of the courtroom and I believe the book would have benefited from more concentration in this area. Taking more time to build and develop each character. It was hard for me to feel empathy for the characters at times.
Overall, this was a thoroughly entertaining read and the story would easily be adaptable for a TV series or a film.
I was asked to read and review this book. I received a free book in exchange for an honest review. This story centres around two people and how past actions can still haunt you so many years later. It is also a lesson in how people must face the consequences of their actions. The characters are believable and so convincing that I ended up cringing whenever one of the main characters (who is a bonafide psychopath) appeared in the story. Garret Holms has a background in the legal system and it certainly shows. I thought that the British legal system was complicated but it appears that the American system is just as complicated. However the writer gave further explanations of the legal speak but wrote it in such a way that even I understood it and I didn't feel stupid. The writer's style is such that I felt as though I was an invisible onlooker. The courtroom scenes were reminiscent of an episode of Law & Order. I really, really enjoyed this story and would most definitely read any further books by this author. I found this book was more appealing and exciting than anything by such as John Grisham. Well done.
This is a cracking debut thriller from Garret Holms. Holms has a background in criminal law and it shows. ‘Grant of Immunity’ is an impressive and powerful court room drama, with clever dialogue and a sense of escalating tension. This is good versus evil, as the two central characters battle it out.
The drama has its roots in the past. Sarah Collins is murdered in 1978, a crime that connects two people. Daniel Hart and Jake Babbage. In the present day, Hart has become a judge and the Babbage is a police officer. Blackmail leads to court room drama, as Hart and Babbage become locked in a battle for revenge and justice. Will the truth about the sadistic murder come out?
There is a real human feel to the drama. I could not help but feel compassion for Hart and what he experienced as a teenager. I found myself asking how would I have acted? I was very drawn to Hart and thought he had a great deal of potential as a character.
I received this book as an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The pace was smooth and even where it needed to be and then picked up with the right burst of suspense at the appropriate moments. That is what kept me interested alongside the actual storyline.
There was a predictability within the story which normally puts me off slightly...but you know what...it actually worked well in this book. I am still wondering if that was just coincidental or the author actually planned it that way. Despite feeling intentional it was cleverly written and again made the story all that more interesting.
The characters within this book also had a likeability factor...well most...as I found it hard to like Jake Babbage, the antagonist. Daniel Hart, the main character in this book is very likeable. He feels real, down-to-earth and as a reader, I felt empathy towards the situation he found himself in. As I mentioned earlier, Jake Babbage is a down right...well...he is mean, nasty and very unlikeable...which means the author did his job. I really despised him. He was weak, a bully and I kept hoping someone would come along and basically kick his arse! Then you have the legal eagles: Amanda for Daniel vs Doris for Babbage ...great characterisations. Each fit the person they were representing to a "T". The contrast between the pair was clearly evident and well presented. I did wonder if Doris was just a bit too arrogant at times but then remembered I was reading book and not a Court Transcript so who cares! Sean and Erin...hmmm...I liked them, but never felt truly connected to them despite both playing fairly big roles in the story.
The author is a Judge in "real-life" and this was evident in his attention to detail. The court scenes were well written and made me picture myself sitting alongside the others in the public gallery.
The ending seemed somewhat abrupt in the sense that there was a massive build-up throughout the pages and then...it just ended a little too happily-ever-after for me. Regardless of this, I did really enjoy this book and definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys suspense/legal-thrillers!