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Goodreads Summary: Plea of Insanity (CD rental from library)
Julia Valenciano is a young, ambitious Miami prosecutor. Assigned to a hectic trial division with an ornery judge, just getting through the day can be a challenge. When Julia is asked to second chair a case that could very well make or break her career, she doesn’t hesitate to jump on board. The defendant: a successful Miami surgeon. The victims: his own wife and small children. The plea: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.
The perfect father. The perfect husband. Dr. David Marquette seemingly just snapped one night. Or did he? His defense team claims paranoid delusions caused by schizophrenia drove him to slaughter his entire family.
But the state suspects that Marquette’s insanity defense is being fabricated to disguise murders that were cold-blooded and calculated. And the evidence appears to be mounting that Marquette may be responsible for other unsolved murders around the state as well—murders that bear the frightening signature of a serial killer.
It’s Julia’s first murder trial and her first insanity defense, and the stakes are incredibly high. If convicted, Marquette faces the ultimate penalty—death. If found insane, he could walk free. To bring a killer to justice, Julia will have to journey into the mind of madness herself. For her, the trial of Dr. David Marquette will mean more than just disarming a legal defense; it will take her on a personal journey back into her own past—a past she has struggled for fifteen years to forget. And it will bring her face to face with a future that is so frightening, she’s not sure she ever wants to see it.(less)
My Review – 5 Stars
WOW what a crazy ride this was. Julia’s entire life is unraveling and nothing is what it seems. She’s be lied to, treated poorly, used, and tricked. At the same time she has to deal with this trial. This trial that has some intense moments and hidden truths that make you scream Holy Sh*t.
I think I would feel like I was going crazy too. It stinks that she has to deal with her past while prosecuting a huge case.
Highlight for spoilers… (((I hate her aunt for lying to Julia about her father and brother’s diagnosis of schizophrenia. I hate her aunt for not telling Julia that her brother was alive and rotting in jail. Then Julia finally reconnects with him and he can’t handle it and kills himself.
Rick, the guy she’s dating and asks her to co-chair is a huge piece of rotted, dog turd. He just used her, in a way her getting fired was a blessing.
Julia think’s she going crazy, fearing that if David’s brother Daryl was also schizophrenia, she must be like her brother too. In my opinion, all the lies of her aunt, being used by Rick, and trying to be perfect take their toll on her. The only one who really understands and loves her is the officer, Lapp.)))
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Goodreads Summary: Don’t Tell a Soul (CD Library Rental)
Tim Wallace’s wife died in a boating accident several months ago. Tim was the only eye witness, and one New Jersey cop is sure he killed her. He didn’t, but even if the police eventually clear his name, he’ll never get over this terrible tragedy.
On New Year’s Eve, his two best friends and business partners finally convince him to go out for the first time since Maggie’s death, and at their neighborhood pub just a few minutes before midnight, things in Tim Wallace’s life go from bad to worse. “Can you keep a secret? A really big one?” a drunken stranger asks him. Before Tim can say anything or turn away, the man confesses to a months-old murder, even offering as proof the location of the woman’s body. “Now it’s your problem,” he says and walks away.
When the man turns out to have been telling the truth, Tim’s life and work are put under the microscope again by the cops, and this time they’re not giving up. But neither is Tim, even when things keep getting worse for him, and eventually he realizes he’s the only person who can figure out what’s really going on—even if it kills him.
I hope this is good as it looks!!! It can be a real nail biter.
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