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About the Author
Nathan's a keen reader as well as a writer. He occasionally runs marathons, has a Norwich City football club season ticket, and is the proud part-owner of a Dachshund puppy called Bertie.
- ASIN : B079KB7P8M
- Publication date : March 30, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- File size : 2529 KB
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #826,834 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Well-written and full of suspense, Burrows presents a likable main character that a lot of us can relate to. You’ll be turning the pages to see how it all plays out!
If you’re a fan of crime/legal fiction, I’d recommend the read.
I truly love books like this and from the first sentence i knew i wasn't getting any sleep until i finished reading .
Thank you Nathan Burrows.Can't wait to read more.
Top reviews from other countries
The plot is good, well-written, tightly drafted, interesting.
The real let-down, and one that makes it very difficult to give the book a star rating, is that the author clearly knows absolutely nothing about criminal law, the criminal justice system in England & Wales, the terminology, everything. If he's ever set foot in a criminal court in England, I'd be surprised.
This is just annoying. I admit, I'm a barrister, so I'd find it easy to spot errors in many legal novels, but this is riddled with such errors. Even on the basic, everyday level - English courtrooms and judges don't "recess" for lunch or legal argument, they don't have lunch ending at 1pm. They adjourn for lunch, or have a "short adjournment" and the standard is 1pm to 2pm. You don't have testimony and the witness stand in a Crown Court, you have evidence and a witness box.
There are more serious procedural flaws. A circuit judge would never try a drink-driving case in the Magistrates' Court, and then pop up in a murder trial in the Crown Court where the victim is the Defendant in the first case. A Magistrate would never tell a solicitor he'd done the wrong thing by entering a valid, legal defence. We don't have ambush trials and evidence in the Crown Court. We certainly don't have offences of voluntary / involuntary manslaughter. We don't have a uniform "public defender" system as mentioned.
The author absolutely fails to grasp the difference between barristers and solicitors, so you have here solicitors (in firms, partners, taking instructions in prison) mysteriously putting on their wigs and suddenly becoming barristers.
There's more, much more.
I'd only read another book by this author if he managed to gain some basic knowledge of the system he's writing about, instead of apparently lifting all sorts of American phrases and ideas.
The most common mistakes are words missed from sentences. This happens loads in e-books but it occurred way too frequently here.....In this sentence it made a lot of difference-"He also pulled out a bunch of photographs of his briefcase..." A few times he needed paragraph breaks as it made confusing reading without them, jumping from one day to the next as it did. He also needs to look at his use of apostrophes and commas (or not).....and for a little variation there were missing speechmarks here and there, too.
He mentions a laptop at one point that someone is carrying yet a couple of pages in refers to it again, noting he'd not spotted it being carried in, which he clearly had !! Another time he mentioned a door being locked and that it had been left unlocked for the first time, yet he'd already referred to it happening the last time he had visitors !! At other points during the trial the CCTV to the pub is referred to yet Gareth had gone in and out of the rear entrance in order to avoid this !! An usher points a remote at a TV yet we'd just been informed he'd already passed said remote to Paul. So this was very sloppy. He had an odd way of repeating somebody's name, too, as opposed to using a pronoun. Here are a couple of examples: " "Morning, Mr Dawson," Mr McLoughlin said as he opened the door.....I thanked him and followed him...fumbling my way into the orange vest Mr Mcloughlin had given me" or ""Laura, good to see you." I extended a hand to Laura...."....it's a most peculiar way to write.
A couple of sentences gained an additional word "Maybe she had should have organised the visit" and "....I'd already handed in the paperwork in three times," deprecating is not spelt as depreciating, Sebastian he spelt this way before he suddenly altered it to Sebastien and he wrote gold course as opposed to golf course then their instead of there and hangar and not hanger !! I was less than impressed. All this type of thing should've been picked up and corrected before publishing it for consumer use.
He is lucky the story is so bloody good or I'd have packed it up, I must say.....I was even quite teary a couple of times near the end. However, I'd not race to read anything else by him, sadly......it was just too much of a chore to wade through.
Gareth Dawson is innocent. He's not a murderer. His main problem is that the British justice system doesn’t agree with him. He might be a reformed thief guilty of many things in his past, but not murder. In the space of a few short months, Gareth has gone from being married to the woman of his dreams to facing a life sentence.
Inside Her Majesty’s Prison Whitemoor, a Category A prison in Cambridgeshire, Gareth’s got all the time in the world to go over the events that led to the guilty verdict. The guilty verdict which cost him everything in the world that he loved. His dignity. His freedom. His wife.
Gareth is approached by a lawyer, Paul Dewar, who claims to have information that will vindicate him. But is it enough to set him free? As threats against Gareth increase on the inside, Paul Dewar’s challenge, and Gareth’s fight for freedom, begins.
This is a brilliant read.
Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start.
Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable.
Great suspense and action with wonderful world building.
Can't wait to read what the author brings out next.
I'm a fan of court room dramas in all forms, and this ticked that box.
The main character is instantly recognisable if you come from certain backgrounds, but easy to warm to even if you don't.
Having spent a large part of my working life in prison as a Prison Officer, I think this was well judged. The character of the Officers is recognisable as were the situations within the jail.
The writing throughout is well thought out and includes some especially nice twists.
For me, the writing, the book and the author come into their own during the court case. Although I enjoyed it all, I genuinely struggled to tear myself away during this part of the story.
This is the first book I've read by this author, but I'm certain I'll be checking out his other work.