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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 26, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455510335
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455510337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.1 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"John Grisham meets Jodi Picoult."—Booklist on IN DOUBT

"Campbell draws the reader into an ugly world in her excellent take on the many lines between right and wrong."—RT Book Reviews on IN DOUBT

"Like Barbara Delinsky, Campbell entertains as well as informs as she wraps a novel around a timely social issue. While many authors have tackled post-traumatic stress disorder in recent years, Campbell puts her own spin on it by telling a PTSD story from the point of view of a female Iraq War veteran...Plenty of contemporary food for thought."—Booklist on When She Came Home

"A heart-wrenching novel that deals with a number of important social issues, including the actions of private contractors in war, the treatment of women in the armed services, domestic violence and school bullying."—Kirkus on When She Came Home

"Resist the urge to turn the page to find out what happens next. Linger, instead, to savor the skillfully crafted writing." --Judy Reeves, author of Writing Alone, Writing Together

"The pull of family and career, the limits of friendship and the demands of love all come to vivid life in Wildwood." --Susan Vreeland, author of Girl in Hyacinth Blue

"The story will make you ache for these two women who are bound inextricably and irrevocably by their shared past." --bestselling author T. Greenwood

"With unflinching honesty, Drusilla Campbell explores the emotional complexities between sisters and mothers, and just how far we will go to hurt and help each other. Poignant and intense." --Ellen Newmark, author of The Book of Unholy Mischief

"Campbell burns through Simone's struggles and those of Roxanne in haunting, graphic detail. Should be on everyone's book club list." --Publisher's Weekly

About the Author

Drusilla Campbell lives in San Diego, California with her husband, two rescued dogs, and three horses.

Customer Reviews

Finally, the whole book is rather predictable.
Most of the characters had a reasonable amount of depth, but I didn't really gravitate to the characters as people.
Pink Amy
Wonderful book about issues we face too often in this world we live in.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan on September 9, 2014
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Drusilla Campbell has written a story of the public shooting of the Governor of California by a teenage boy. My first thought was that of the Gabby Giffords shooting in Arizona. Like Congresswoman Giffords, the Governor was not killed, but she was now a paraplegic.

Enter Sophia Giraudo, a young idealist, who had honed her legal skills in the San Sebastian, CA, prosecutors office. It was there that she met her now ex-husband. After much soul searching and despite objections from family, friends and the townspeople, she decided to defend the shooter, Donny Crider.

Sophia had carried her own secrets for almost twenty years, and after attempts to talk to Donny; conversations with his mother, who made Joan Crawford seem almost saintly; talks with his father, who had been long divorced from Donny's mother; and the couple who ran a seemingly admirable program for disadvantaged boys; Sophia began to think she could build a defense case. All odds and most people were against her, but between her idealism and her skills, she proceeded. She and her ex-husband were in a constant battle over a trial vs. a plea deal.

In highly publicized shootings, we rarely, if ever, learn the full story of the shooter. How often do we hear that the perpetrator was a loner or, my personal favorites, that he helped little old ladies cross streets, carried their groceries and shoveled their snow? The emphasis is on the victim(s) as it should be.

Sophia delves into the life of Donny, exposing many tragedies he has undergone. She never attempts to excuse his actions, but she explains what caused them. Ms. Campbell did not write a whodunit, but a "why-done-it."

Like all of Drusilla Campbell's books, I could not put "In Doubt" down, resulting in an all-nighter. I had no idea how it would end, but when I reached the last page, I realized that the ending was perfect. I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deanna L. Fisher on September 7, 2014
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I’ve quite often come across Ms Campbell’s books in my library, but have never actually picked one up – in fact, I’ve even borrowed them at least once – but for some reason they kept getting shuffled to the bottom of the pile and then being returned unread. However, when I saw In Doubt in the automatic approval list at NetGalley, I was intrigued enough by the description that I took a chance and downloaded it. I will say that if I had seen the descriptor of Jodi Picoult meets John Grisham prior, I likely wouldn’t have downloaded it because neither of those authors are favorites of mine (in fact, I’m not a fan of the marketing method that compares one author to others, mostly because to me, they never seem to live up to the recommendation – or they far exceed it).

This book seemed to be particularly apt with the amount of public shootings that have gone on the last few years, in particular, the shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords in Arizona – but what if you looked at the shooter – quite often, we the public are so quick to judge the shooter, never really knowing what may have been gonig on in their background. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying, anything excuses the shooting and death of people, but there may be external reasons that affected the individuals behavior (and not just mental health ones, like is automatically assumed). In Doubt attempts to do just that.

What happens when a defense lawyer decides to take on the case of a young man who shot and grievously wounded the governor. He never even denies doing it – but he also doesn’t know why. Without getting too much into a spoiler realm, Ms Campbell wove a story that was believable and made me feel sorry for Donny.

I will say that I felt some of the storyline towards the end started to bordering a bit on the over angsty side – it went a bit too far for me – but that was only enough for me to drop my original rating from 4 stars, down to 3.5.
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About a month ago, Victor Marx visited our church. He is an advocate for children and visits them often in juvenile detention centers and prisons for young men and women. He has a great testimony about how he survived the torment, sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of his step-father, the abandonment of his biological father, and how he overcame those challenges.

When I read this book, it made me think of the many children and young adults he works with. Children don’t just wake up one day and decide to kill or hurt someone. Something triggers inside of them, someone pressures them, but the child is the one left standing alone.

In this book, Drusilla weaves a story around the social issues of abused children, poverty and community, social injustices, and abuse of power. Sophie is a defense attorney, who has her own internal struggles to contend with. She has the image of her teenage years, her ex-husband (the prosecuting attorney), her family expectations, and trying to establish herself in the community.

Donnie is a young boy, who shoots the Governor, in front of many people. Donnie has his own secrets and isn’t willing to open up to Sophie, who has to establish a case to defend him. Donnie is a quiet child, who used to be in a group home, has a narcissistic mother, and is willing to be the “fall guy” for something, someone else wanted him to do.

It’s a story that takes time to build, but after the first few chapters, it moves at a fast pace as Sophie is racing against the clock. This is a book that has some loose ends, that will make for an awesome book club discussion! There is plenty to discuss and questions to answer!! Overall, a great book!
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More About the Author

Drusilla Campbell lives in San Diego with her husband, the lawyer-poet-professor, Art Campbell, two rescued dogs and four horses. She was born in Melbourne, Australia and came to California when she was six years old. Before that she criss-crossed the United States by train and car with her brave and resourceful mother and mostly adorable baby brother. She had sailed the Pacific Ocean three times before starting first grade and knew how to run down a pitching outside deck and come to a sliding, slamming stop against a bulkhead, laughing the whole time. She grew up in the Santa Clara Valley in the halcyon days before the dot com magnates discovered it, attended San Jose State University, and then started traveling again. She taught in Melbourne, London and at a remote jungle outpost in Panama before settling down and marrying. While living in Washington, DC she got a Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism from the American University and went to work for NPR's major DC affiliate, WAMU-fm. She has two sons, Rocky and Matt, and three grandchildren who are smarter, more intelligent and entertaining than anyone elses. The dogs, the horses, the family and friends and writing books keep her happily in one place.

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