A new book from one of my very favourite authors, John Ellsworth.
John Ellsworth was a well-respected practising lawyer dividing his life between Flagstaff and Chicago prior to deciding to write full time. So we expect and get great courtroom scenes from him.
However, this book spends little time in the courtroom; but it is heavy time defending a murder charge.
We have met Michael Gresham before. If you have read any of the earlier books in the series, you may recall his first wife was raped, gave birth to a son and subsequently died. Now Gresham is remarried to Verona from Russia, whom he loves greatly.
We are introduced to Andrew Constance who’s wife has been nominated for a position on the District Court in Chicago, but the problem is she has been missing for two months and Andrew hasn’t told anyone that she’s missing.
Andrew also tells Gresham that his wife was raped and impregnated by the same person who raped and impregnated Dani, Michael’s wife. That man is Reno Rivera. Earlier Michael had defended Rivera on a murder charge for which he was found not guilty. But his repayment to Gresham was to rape and impregnate his wife. The next time Michael was on the opposite side and Rivera was sent to prison. But then, Andrew Constance handled his appeal and got the guilty verdict vacated. Rivera’s repayment to Andrew was to rape and impregnate his wife.
So the case became very personal to Michael Gresham.
But added to this, Chloe Constance has multiple personalities and they have few clues where to begin their search. However, Andrew Constance is convinced his wife is out to find and kill Rivera.
The story unfolds as we find Chloe the victim of a car accident, admitted to hospital not knowing who she is and having no memory of her life before or even during the accident. We follow her through this period and meet her other personalities – Maddy a loud mouth teenager and Justin Maybe, her protector.
Life for Chloe doesn’t get better and really this is all I can tell you. Because any more would be a total spoiler. I know nothing about the complex subject of dissociative identity disorder but I trust Mr Elsworth to have researched this subject well.
As always, we expect and get page-turning thrillers from this author.
And I do encourage you to get your hands on this book when it is published. and if you haven’t already read the earlier books in the series, to get them too.
Note: I was given a copy of this book to read by the author and I choose to write this review.