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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

On WILDWOOD:
"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

On THE GOOD SISTER:
"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.
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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: #1,599,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Sophie Giraudo, a defense attorney, is hired by the mother of a young man who just shot the governor. Abandoned by his father, now the only person who ever gave Donny a break has just sent him back to live with his abusive, narcissistic mother. He seems uninterested in his case and the potential for life in prison, but Sophie thinks he's not telling her everything and she's determined to find out what happened and why.

Having previously read and enjoyed Drusilla Campbell, IN DOUBT seemed like a book made for me. Unfortunately, the premise was the best part of this novel. The many points of view in IN DOUBT seemed haphazard and random. Omniscient in one paragraph, limited in the next, limited with a different character later, omniscient focusing on one character. I prefer one POV or one POV per chapter.
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Goodreads classifies this as a legal thriller, but there was nothing thrilling and the pace was slow and belabored. I thought the book was more mystery, except a true mystery generally has more "mystery." All of the "twists" we're completely predictable and the ending was a letdown. I almost felt like IN DOUBT was the first book in the series, with so many questions dropped or unresolved.

Most of the characters had a reasonable amount of depth, but I didn't really gravitate to the characters as people. I liked Hamp, the PI best. I wanted to like Sophie and to root for Donny, but they were missing something that made me care enough.

I reluctantly can't recommend IN DOUBT as a guarantee good read, though some may enjoy.
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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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