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Shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Awards
“Gripping, intricate, and full of heart, Full Disclosure is a bold debut by the former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Novelist Beverley McLachlin is a force to be reckoned with.” (Kathy Reichs, bestselling author of the Bones series )
“We know Beverley McLachlin as a pioneer — the first woman to serve as Canada’s Chief Justice. But now we’ll know her for something else entirely: gripping crime fiction. . . . Full Disclosure is a well-crafted page-turner in the vein of international bestsellers like Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal, and is packed with courtroom drama, intrigue, plot twists, and fascinating details about our criminal justice system. Written in an accessible voice, with a fast-moving narrative, this is beach, cabin and airplane reading at its best.” (Vancouver Sun)
“For page-turning legal thrillers, it’s hard to do better than this one, and not just because it’s by the ultimate insider: the recently retired chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.” (Maclean’s)
"A great read. . . . Has sequel written all over it." (CBC's Sunday Edition)
“Totally compelling: McLachlin brings her wit and intelligence—and unrivalled experience—to this courtroom drama, which brilliantly illuminates the games lawyers play and the risks of wrong choices. The main character, Jilly Truitt, is a woman I want to meet again.” (Charlotte Gray, bestselling author of The Promise of Canada )
“Her legacy . . . is now part of the country’s foundations.” (The Globe and Mail)
“McLachlin puts her experience on the Court to good use, writing a taut legal thriller with great twists and turns that will keep readers guessing to the very end.” (Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Fractured and The Good Liar )
“A riveting thriller.” (Costco Connection)
“What we have here is the inquiring mind of the lawyer and jurist, now bold new writer. . . . Beverley McLachlin has created something real and visceral. Hats off, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and all rise for what we hope will be the encore.” (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)
“McLachlin has the sure hand of a much more experienced author. . . . Jilly’s the perfect legal protagonist—smart, suspicious and driven.” (Alberta Views)
About the Author
- File Size : 1993 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 353 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B078WD9DN8
- Publication Date : May 1, 2018
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (May 1, 2018)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Best Sellers Rank: #725,979 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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I enjoyed the pace of writing and the details about life in the court system. I also enjoyed the many twists in the story that ended in a very satisfactory solution to the mystery of the murder.
I hope there will be future stories of Jilly’s cases. I look forward to learning more about her life and loves.
This book has some amazing characters that are well written and very complex . Jilly is a force to reckon with . She is tough as nails as an attorney but you also get to see a very vulnerable side when she is going through the past . Which she thought she had buried . You cheer for her and you also want to wrap her up in a blanket and hold her tight . Vincent is the perfect antagonist . He is in trouble and needs help but he isn't truthful in any thing he tells Jilly . You will love him and hate him at the same time .
This book is set in Vancouver and the author showcases some of the areas quite well . We go on such a journey . The are a couple of things that just kind of slowed it down for me . I didn't really feel much of the thriller part . I wish that it was a little bit more into the mystery and the intrigue of the book . It just felt flat in a few spots where it kind of dragged just a bit. Over all I enjoyed this authors first book and cant wait to read more from them . So if you like great court cases and mysteries add this book to your summer reading list .
I give this book a 3.5 stars out of 5.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Top reviews from other countries
When a wealthy Vancouver socialite is found in the matrimonial bed bound and dead from a gunshot wound, her husband, a wealthy entrepreneur is arrested and charged with her murder. For his defense he turns to Vancouver criminal lawyer Jilly Truitt, a 33 year old former foster kid, steered away from the wrong path thanks to a diligent social worker and the right foster parents. She runs a small boutique firm and has earned a reputation for successful criminal defense work, but even Jilly is surprised when the wealth and mysterious Vincent Trussardi retains her to defend him. Truitt toils building a defense for her client, against an adversarial, competitive, win-oriented veteran Crown prosecutor, while representing a client with a strange, almost Kafkaesque family. Although our protagonist has the support of a capable associate, an eager junior, a hard-boiled administrative assistant, a miracle working private investigator and a loving foster family, McLachlan still manages to portray Jilly Truitt as a loner taking on the whole world. Along the way she helps a young street addict who is a former client, and who becomes involved in the Trussardi case in unexpected ways.
The story-telling begins somewhat shakily and cliched in the first chapter, but quickly recovers as the tale movies from charge to trial, capturing the reader's interest, not only about the facts of the Trussardi case, but also into the lives of its key players. McLachlan is able to craft an atmosphere of suspense and mystery, writing in a winsome style that brings her characters to life in a manner that interests and engages the reader. She is able to inject humour at appropriate times, even poking fun at herself on one occasion, in reference to a portrait of the Chief Justice of Canada on display at the Vancouver Law Courts ("when you was young and looked good").
Lawyers, especially criminal lawyers, will nitpick at some aspects of this book (and wonder how the circumstantial evidence against Trussardi ever met the standard for charge approval). Still, in comparison to other courtroom fiction, this story is on par with those told by William Deverell or John Mortimer. In the end, Beverley McLachlan delivers likeable main characters with engaging stories, having the ability to confront challenge bravely, while still possessed of their humanity and human frailties. That's not too shabby for a first time novelist. McLachlan leaves the reader wanting more of the exploits of Jilly Truitt. I smell a sequel, even a series, and when one considers that it is coming from the sharp mind and clever imagination of such an experienced jurist, let's hope I'm right.
This is a gripping court room drama with much intrigue outside the courts related to the case. I found the character development to be compelling, and the plot suspenseful. There were twists and turns with several unexpected surprises.
I thought the beginning was rather slow, but it quickly picked up its pace, making it an enthralling read which I couldn't put down. Towards the end I thought the case had ended, and wasn't pleased with what I thought was its conclusion, but with the few final chapters loved the way the story ended.
Jilly Truitt has risen from a rebellious and troubled childhood. She was in and out of a series of foster homes until finally she was placed with a loving and supportive foster family. She is now making a name for herself, on her way to becoming a successful defense attorney..She is defending a wealthy man, Vincent Trussardi, who is accused of shooting his beautiful wife, Laura, with his gun he kept locked in his safe. Laura was an unfaithful wife, but beloved by many due to her empathy and her involvement in charitable causes. Jilly is wondering why people are warning her not to get involved in the case.
I thought the book jacket was eye -catching. A quick search showed more than two dozen books with the same title. I hope this is only the first book featuring Jilly Truitt as the main character, and there will be more in the future.