The Body in Question

The Body in Question

A Novel

Large Print - 2019
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During a sensational murder trial involving a rich, white teenage girl-- a twin-- on trial for the horrific murder of her toddler brother, two of the sequestered jurors fall into a furtive affair. During deliberations Hannah and Graham learn they are on opposing sides of the case and realize that their fellow jurors are wise to their affair. After the trial's end, as Hannah returns home to her much older husband, an exploding media fury creates a frenzy of public outrage. The jury seems to have convicted the wrong twin. And the judge, having received an anonymous letter about the jurors' sexual encounters, announces she is releasing the jurors' names to the media. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company,, 2019
©2019
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432866822
1432866826
Branch Call Number: F Ciment
Characteristics: 261 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
large print., rda

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Aug 13, 2019

Despite glowing reviews by other readers, my early impression was not promising; and it didn't improve much as I continued. The last few pages helped to salvage it but in the end, it still reads like a script for a soap opera. Over the six day period I took to read it, I set the book aside three times to read something else more interesting. As a courtroom drama, it doesn't make the grade. As a "love triangle" it fails because there's no love to be found, only some rather pointless and joyless sex. Clement attempts to redeem the book in it final pages, dealing with what was left of her protagonist's one-sided marriage but it's too little and too late. The topic of jurors being the victims of public anger and a predatory media was promising theme that unfortunately was only tossed in as an afterthought and was not pursued as effectively as one would wish.
So what we have here are several distinct themes: The uncertainty of justice; autism ; mortality; infidelity; lop-sided marriages; failure of a legal system to protect jurors; the unique way in which a photographer views the world. All potentially promising topics but Ciment didn't explore any of them far enough.
Barely 2 stars.

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