Tuesday, June 10, 2014

All Day and a Night
by Alafair Burke

Publisher: Harper
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  The latest story dominating the tabloids - the murder of psychotherapist Helen Brunswick-couldn't be further from Carrie Blank's world handling federal appeals at an elite Manhattan law firm. But then a hard-charging celebrity trial lawyer calls Carrie with an offer she can't refuse: Anthony Amaro, the serial killer police blamed for the murder of Carrie's older sister, Donna, has new evidence related to Brunswick's murder that he believes can exonerate him. Determined to force the government to catch Donna's real killer, Carrie takes on Amaro's wrongful conviction claim. 

On the other side of Amaro's case is NYPD Detective Ellie Hatcher, who, along with her partner, JJ Rogan, is tapped as the "fresh look" team to reassess the investigation that led to Amaro's conviction. The case is personal for them, too: Ellie wonders whether they got the assignment because of her relationship with the lead prosecutor, and Rogan has his own reasons to distrust Amaro's defense team. 

As the NYPD and Amaro's lawyers search for certainty among years of conflicting evidence, their investigations take them back to Carrie's hometown and secrets left behind there. And when Carrie falls victim to a brutal attack, it becomes clear that the young attorney got too close to the truth.


Kritters Thoughts:  A thriller that had an interesting twist with a lawyer that has a connection to the case.  For those who have read the previous Ellie Hatcher books, this fifth book in the series will return you to characters that are fantastically matched - what a great working pair.  

The characters were the high point in the book for me.  Ellie and JJ were top notch - I could imagine them completely and loved how they were the usual detectives without being too cheesy!  Unfortunately, the beginning really dragged with a slow setup and it took me a little bit to get into the thick of the story, but once I was in, there was no stopping!  As any who dun it the real killer is either the best or the worst part in the book, in this case I loved the outcome.  I loved the choices that the author made.

As this was my first Ellie Hatcher book there were times where I was joining the story mid stream and wished that I had started at the beginning, I may have to rewind and read the first four books.  Thankfully with a strong ending I am definitely compelled to do so.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row


Ebook 2014 Challenge: 36 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.




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