I feel the small, dark, cold place inside me begin to grow. Then she starts to talk. And I wish, for the life of me, I could process, even hear, everything she is saying. But I don’t hear very much after ‘brain and neck cancer’.

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In a nutshell


Jane Smith is the best criminal defence attorney in the Hamptons. She is tough and strong and is as good at investigating crimes as she is at defending her clients. As she is preparing to defend a high-profile client accused of a triple homicide and simultaneously hired to revive a cold case of unsolved murders, she receives a devastating medical diagnosis. She has a year to live.

Book Club Notes


This is your typical James Patterson thriller, with the typical badass female lead, the typical heroes, the typical villains, and the typical trajectory. The writing is so-so and there is nothing that’s going to knock your socks off. But, it’s not a draggy read, gets to the point quickly and it will hold your attention from start to finish. This book is the thriller equivalent of a feel good fluffy romcom.

Read If


You love easy reading thrillers.

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Storyline – 6 /10
Writing – 6/10
Character Development – 6/10
Plot Twist – 5/10
Shareability – 5/10
6.0Overall Score

The Nitty Gritty


Published by: Penguin Random House

Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Crime

ISBN: 978-1-529-13672-2

Pages: 386Shop This:Takealot, Exclusive Books, Amazon Kindle

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A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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