Legend Press November 29th 2019
What I want to say is that suicide is my choice. No-one else is to blame. Man seeks beautiful woman for the journey of a lifetime: will you help me die?
When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani is charged with assisted suicide and Cate must recommend a sentence.
Alice insists her story is one of misinterpreted love, forcing those around her to analyse their own lives. Who is to decide what is normal and when does loyalty turn to obsession?
Investigating the loophole that lies between murder and euthanasia, Cate must now meet the woman who agreed to comply with her lover’s final request. Shocking revelations expose bitter truths that can no longer be ignored.
Firstly huge thanks to Lucy at Legend Press for inviting me to be involved in this blog tour and providing me with a copy of this book. This is actually the second book in a series to feature Probation Officer Cate Austin, but trust me this book reads perfectly as a stand alone novel.
The premise immediately appealed to me, the notion of assisted suicide is interesting, illegal in the UK, but morally I think considered by many as acceptable in some situations. This book does explore that and touches on some of the high profile cases that have been reported in the news, but actually this book is so much more that a book about assisted suicide.
Alice is an interesting character, beautiful and successful and on the surface she appears to have assisted her lover to die. The reasons are unclear and it is for Cate to try to unpick everything. What follows is a dark and twisty story, brilliantly crafted and authentically written. I continued to be shocked as I progressed through this novel right through to the final page.
The writing is interesting, Alice tells her story in the first person which serves to create intimacy – there is a sense of closeness, a feeling that the reader really needs to understand Alice. The author also provides some background on Alice as we are taken back to 1977 when Alice is born. As a character she is terrific and despite being a relatively short book at 284 pages, there is a lot of detail to Alice, all of which I loved.
Cate’s story is told in the third person and consequently Alice is very much the central character. Newspaper articles, messages and a journal are included which feels very current and serves to give insight into the perspectives of others, including Smith, the deceased man.
The authors background as a Probation Officer is evident as she draws on her knowledge of crime and justice, but also with mental health as a central theme, plus family and friends. For me this book was a real page turner, crime and mental health are both topics I am interested in but actually this was a dark, sinister and twisty read, comprehensively written and very highly recommended!
About the Author
Ruth worked as a Probation Officer for almost a decade working in high security prisons with numerous high-risk criminals. Her writing is heavily influenced by her professional background, providing authenticity and credibility. She currently lives in San Francisco.
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