I’m beginning to become enamored of legal thrillers again, and I blame Alex Hammond’s Will Harris series. That’s why I have a legal thriller to rec this week, one with a lawyer in the position of defending a guy he hates, but as it turns out, the truth will mess up his life and his client’s as well. So what does he do? There’s a portrait of a marriage by an author called one of Morocco’s greatest writers and there’s a different kind of love story, one between a photographer and a professor, but that’s not completely what the book is about either. There’s a Nordic crime novel, one that ends up directly involving the investigator and her superior’s grandkid and last, there’s a new YA out from an Australian author that’s going to make you remember your high school years.
The Verdict: This one is a deliciously complicated thriller in which Terry, a legal clerk, who is asked to help defend a millionaire he’s always known and loathes. But, what caught my attention was that as the case progresses, Terry realises his secrets are going to come out, but worse still that his nemesis could be innocent. I like the promise that Terry has as much to lose as his millionaire friend, which presents a difficult choice for him — does he save himself or tell the truth? If that’s even the choice he’s presented with!
Seahorse: Nem falls in love with Nicholas and like all passionate affairs in fiction — most of the time — it ends badly. Years later, he has a chance to reunite with Nicholas, but the latter keeps escaping him… instead, Nem meets Myra, a woman he thought was Nicholas’ sister. And she’s not. Is she Nicholas’ wife? If she is, how does this friendship come to be? See. I want to know.
The Happy Marriage: Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of a marriage falling apart, just before women’s rights are forever changed in Casablanca, first from the husband’s POV and then the wife’s. The husband has been paralysed by a stroke and blames his marriage for his decline. The wife comes to learn of his writings complaining about her marriage and tells her side of the story: this is what intrigues me. Who is telling the right story? What about the society in which they live, and the increasing awareness of women’s rights? How does that affect them?
I’m travelling alone: Any crime novels in which kids are involved creep me out and keep me intrigued at the same time. This one is no different: a kid is killed in Oslo and Mia Kruger is called back to the police force to investigate the crime — after she spies something in a photo that tells her there’ll be more kids that will be killed. But, the she realises, years ago a missing child could be linked to this case. But then, her superior’s grandkid — the same superior who enticed her back to investigate this case — is kidnapped…
Sidekicks: This is by Australian author Will Kostakis, and I actually learned about this on Twitter. Let me ask you this: were you a sidekick in school? Or were you the centre of everyone’s world? I was the former, and when I read the summary it brought back many a memory of lunches spent around a particular friend, as most were. It’s what high school was about for many of us, I think. Sidekicks explores what happens to us, those normal kids who hang around the popular one, when the popular one is gone. What happens to the sidekicks when all they had in common was a popular friend?
Do any of these book recs strike your fancy this week?