Read 12 – 15 March 2012
My rating 4 / 5
This book was reviewed for and on behalf of The Kindle Book Review
A Game of Proof was originally published under the pen name of Megan Stark, and follows tough Barrister Sarah Newby as she defends the indefensible, and, ultimately, her son.
The book is set in York, and is a very British crime book. The books begins with Sarah Newby defending a thug who is up for the crime of rape. Sarah believes that the courtroom is a game, a game of proof. She ultimately has doubts in her mind about the guilt of her client, but she defends him regardless. She is a tough, driven woman who has battled the odds to reach the upper echelons of the British justice system.
As the story progresses, we see Sarah take on the case of her son, Simon, who is accused of the brutal rape and murder of his girlfriend. The book is gory and gruesome when the nature of the crime is recounted, but you do get a real feel for the almost clinical and detached nature of the British courtroom. As the story, and case against Simon, develops you, as the reader, begin to think yourself about the validity of any conviction. You work in your mind alongside the police as they try to piece together other possible suspects for the rape and murder.
A Game of Proof kept me engaged throughout. It’s skilfully written and I’ll be looking to read more of the Sarah Newby trials books. She isn’t an especially likeable character – there are times as which she epitomises the eternal question of can you ever have it all? The successful career, marriage and family life. At times she appears cold and calculating but is she ultimately just doing her job? The book is very thought provoking in this regard.
There are some very minor inconsistencies in this book, and some frustrating typing/spelling errors but not what Vicary does is to uncover the workings of the British legal system, and the importance of presentation. You can’t help but feel that, at times, it is all just a game, albeit with a very high price. Witnesses are treated appallingly, in the name of justice, and at stages this book makes for painful reading when you put yourself in the place of the witness. The book is well written and is a brilliant British crime thriller that you really should read. And even better is that at the time of writing, A Game of Proof, is free on amazon, so why not visit amazon.com or amazon.co.uk and if you do read it please let me know what you think!