My Rating 4.5 / 5
Reviewed for and on behalf of the Kindle Book Review
This is the third book in the Sarah Newby Trials, a series which follows lawyer Sarah Newby as she takes on a number of high profile cases in the British city of York.
Bold Counsel is slightly different to the first book, A Game of Proof. The book is less focussed on the court cases Sarah sees herself a part of, and more on her private life and a series of chance meetings which bring the story full circle.
Sarah finds herself at the Court of Appeal seeking to quash the verdict of a man who has served 18 years for a murder he has consistently denied. This is set against the backdrop of her personal life falling apart, her daughter is at University and her husband has left her.
Sarah wins her court of appeal case, and her life takes some unexpected twists as she opens herself up to a new life with a new man. This personal story is interspersed with the story of a young man who commits a number of offences against women and the complicated mood swings and connections of Sarah’s new man.
The book kept me guessing to the end about who had committed the various murders, which is no mean feat, I’m usually pretty good at working out a good murder mystery, however Vicary brings the story full circle and ties it all together neatly, leaving me guessing until the last page.
There is much more scope to develop the stories with Sarah Newby, her son Simon and the police officer Terry Bateson, and I hope to see more of the Sarah Newby Trials in the future.
This is another superb and accomplished British thriller by Tim Vicary, and is sure to be enjoyed by many a reader.