Remember that old party game “Telephone?” A message is passed from person to person and at the end of the line it is spoken aloud to the group.
Hilarity ensues when I love eating grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches with chips and a glass of milk turns into Grover Cleveland’s guilty pleas banned leprechauns from sitting their asses on silk.
Perception changes everything, doesn’t it? It’s all a matter of point-of-view.
This party trick is at the heart of Robert Rotstein’s new legal thriller, WE, THE JURY, where over a dozen different people narrate the story of a sordid, juicy criminal case.
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Married to Amanda, his former eleventh grade social studies teacher, David Sullinger takes an ax to his wife’s skull the day before their twenty-first wedding anniversary.
The couple’s two teenaged children each report growing up in the war zone of their parents’ marriage. But each child differs in their viewpoint of aggressor and victim.
So when the case goes to the courtroom of Judge Natalie Quinn-Gilbert, a jury of eight is seated to sort out the conflicting stories.
The daughter seems a responsible, trustworthy and polished witness while the son’s history of drug use, antisocial mannerisms, and profane-laced testimony makes him appear less credible.
The problem for the jury is that each child sides with a different parent. To daughter, Lacey, David was the victim of an angry, aggressive, abusive wife. To son, Dillon, his mother was the victim of his murderous father. Oh, and then there’s those nasty insinuations about an unnatural father/daughter relationship. Yikes.
Each jury member narrates through the trial and deliberation process as does the newly widowed and bereaved judge along with members of her staff. Add in a less-than-competent investigator, a Fred Flintstonian small-town prosecutor, a gorgeous, media-savvy defense attorney, and a ruthless news blogger, and Rotstein sets the stage for a compelling courtroom showdown.
As a writer, I enjoyed examining the technical aspects of Rotstein’s writing (pacing, narrative structure, characterization, point-of-view) but, moreover, as a reader, I had a ball trying to figure out whether or not David Sullinger merits the battered spouse defense, and how it would all play out with the jury.
I may be in a minority here, but I’ve always thought serving on a jury for a major criminal case would be fascinating. My number hasn’t come up yet, and it may never, but reading this book was the next best thing.
This is a page-turner that will appeal to men and women, young and old alike.
Foxy Rating Scale: Five out of Five Foxes
Susan J. Anderson
Foxy Writer Chick
<a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38642887-we-the-jury” style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img border=”0″ alt=”We, the Jury” src=”https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1536844625m/38642887.jpg” /></a><a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/38642887-we-the-jury”>We, the Jury</a> by <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6892098.Robert_Rotstein”>Robert Rotstein</a><br/> My rating: <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2695892955″>5 o