Fiona and Jack lead comfortable professional lives, he’s a lecturer and she’s a Justice in family court. Fiona’s personal life starts to unravel when Jack wants an open marriage to feel one last passion. Hurt and bewildered by this she refuses to entertain his notion and he leaves. In order to cope with the feelings of hurt and betrayal she throws herself into work, which all things considered is a long standing crutch for Fiona. When faced with a case of Adam, a boy of seventeen years and a Jehovah’s Witness, who is refusing a blood transfusion in the treatment of his leukaemia, Fiona unorthodoxly asks to see the boy and talk to him herself. Her resulting judgement has a profound effect on Adam and Fiona, throwing all she finds of importance into question.
This is the only book I have read from this author and it wasn’t quite what I expected; I anticipated a legal thriller with some depth but I found the legalese in this book not particularly entertaining as one would expect for fiction but more cold and technical, like I was reading a case study.
Fiona herself is portrayed as a cold and emotionally contained character but I felt she was written without depth that would have given us more understanding of her as a character. I was surprised by how incredibly short the book was and finished it with a sense that the book lacked something that is necessary to push it up into the hall of fame of great reads.
Overall an adequate fiction read but misses the mark for me.
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