Published: May 2019 by Trapeze
Category: Courtroom Drama, Legal Thriller, Book Review
Maria is on trial for attempted murder.
She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead.
Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate.
She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out.
You will think you know who is guilty and who is innocent.
You will be wrong.
If ever there was a hook into a story, this is one for sure. Edward Bloxham is lying on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.
His wife, Maria, is standing looking down at his body with the weapon in her hands. Then she calmly phones the police and admits to killing her husband. Only she hasn’t killed him. Edward is clinging on to life despite the terrible injury. Maria is charged with attempted murder.
It’s soon apparent that Edward Bloxham was a domineering husband who had more or less cut Maria off from the outside world. Does that warrant attempted murder? The jury are given the facts but what about the underlying reality? How do twelve people decide the fate of another when there are two sides to the story—the defence and the prosecution with their differing interpretations of events and each bent on winning the case regardless. Is it possible to stay open minded and not make assumptions or judge by appearances? It made me realise how much I would hate to have to try and decide someone’s fate.
In spite of the high-sided glass of the dock and the wall behind her, Maria could almost hear the jury foreperson as she mouthed a single word, ’Shame’. Just like that they had convicted her. It hadn’t required the chair leg, the brain damage or the blood on Maria’s hands.