Lauren Besoner, who we met in Racine’s first book “Silent Gavel” has declined full-time employment as court reporter for the new judge, her ex-husband. She now finds herself freelance court reporting and having to hustle to make ends meet. She picks up a job that looks to provide some steady income for a while, unfortunately, it’s because her little town of Crawford, Wyoming is experiencing the biggest murder trial it has encountered in years. As Lauren works through the trial, she can’t shake the feeling that the wrong person is on trial so, as is Lauren’s nature, she starts to hunt for clues to find out who the real murderer might be. This journey leads her down a path of intrigue, suspense, and thrill that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat through the very last page.
Merissa Racine hits it out of the park again! She has done a fabulous job of creating a believable cast of characters that you immediately want to know more about and who keep you on your toes throughout the book. Her storytelling is excellent in that it is very easy to imagine what Crawford looks and feels like. She makes her main character, Lauren, so believable and relatable that you find yourself cheering for her and worrying about her throughout the book. She does a fantastic job of keeping the pace of the story and building just the right amount of suspense to keep you guessing. I enjoyed reading her first book and this one did not disappoint either. I am looking forward to seeing where she takes Lauren and the Crawford crew next.