If Danny Cartwright had proposed to Beth Wilson the day before, or the day after, he would not have been arrested and charged with murder of his best friend.
And when the four prosecution witnesses are a barrister, a popular actor, an aristocrat and the youngest partner in an established firm’s history, who is going to believe his side of story?
Danny is sentenced to twenty-two years and is sent to Belmarsh prison, the highest jail in the land, from where no inmate has ever escaped.
But everyone has underestimated Danny’s determination to seek revenge and Beth’s relentless quest to win justice…
WHAT I THOUGHT
Sometimes you find a book and just cannot put it down. This book had that effect on me! It is gripping and enthralling. I had read it cover to cover within twenty-four hours! Jeffrey Archer has written amazing novels and this one is great too. It is inspired from Alexander Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo, but set into this era in a shorter timeline.
A celebratory evening turns into a nightmare as Bernie Wilson is murdered right in front best friend, Danny. Matters turn worse because the murder is pinned on Danny by the real culprits. The first part of the books deals with the first trial. Enter Alex Redmayne, a young lawyer who is ready to fight for Danny. But then if the masterminds have great contacts and power, the scale of justice leans towards them. Danny is sentenced to a 22 year jail term.
Now the real story begins. It is has a great mixture of emotions, drama and thrill. An amazing storyteller, Archer does not miss a beat. Very engaging, detailed court scenes. I have not been into an actual court hearing in England, so I appreciated how Archer depicted in details the court drama. The prison scenes are likewise very realistic.
I could say hundreds of things that make the novel gripping but the mystery would be unfolded. I’m going to end it by telling whoever has read this review to go to a bookstore and buy a copy or borrow a copy and read it! You will not regret it.