tiistai 20. syyskuuta 2016

Fern Michaels: Tuesday's child

Fern Michaelsin viihderomaani on kummallinen sekoitus romantiikkaa ja jännitystä, yhdistelmä oikeussalidraamaa ja kuvausta rikoksen seurauksista: Tuesday's child (Kensington Publishing, 2012; ISBN 978-0-7582-7850-0).

Ehkä voisi suoraan hypätä romaanin loppuun, sillä teoksen sisäänrakennettu ristiriitaisuus paljastuu kirjan loppumetreillä, ja täytyy sanoa että kirjailija kompastuu pahemman kerran, tai ainakin siinä määrin että teoksesta jäi kerrassaan paha maku. Kirjan tarinassa ei ole siinäkään määrin järkeä kuin olisi voinut kuvitella olevan.

On the eve of her retirement, Georgia attorney Mikala Aulani is as vivacious and vibrant as ever, eagerly anticipating a happy future with her partner, Ben. But if Kala has learned anything in thirty-five years of practicing law, it's that the truth can always surprise you. And when Adam Star turns up at her office, confessing to the long-ago murder of his wife, Kala must return to a notorious case that has never stopped haunting her.

Ten years have passed since young nurse Sophie Lee was accused of murdering her wealthy patient, Audrey Star. Kala defended Sophie and had no doubt of her innocence--or of Adam Star's guilt--but the prosecution convinced a jury otherwise. Sophie was convicted on a Tuesday--the day on which every significant event in her life, good or bad, seems to happen. Now, on the verge of his death, Adam exonerates Sophie and also leaves her a huge fortune in atonement.

Released from prison, Sophie retreats to Kala's house and tries to evade the media frenzy that surrounds her. Kala is determined to help her client make her way back into the world and adjust to her new wealth and freedom. Yet for both, there are still revelations in store--about the nature of redemption, the strange workings of fate, and the power of forgiveness. And most of all, about the secrets that hide in every heart--even those we think we know best.

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