Degrees of Guilt: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist

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'A compelling legal thriller - I loved it' Katerina Diamond, Sunday Times bestseller 'Timely, anger-inducing and very powerful - it's excellent' Harriet Tyce, author of Blood Orange When you read this book, you will think you know every twist in the tale. Maria is on trial for attempted murder. She has confessed to the crime and wanted her husband dead. Lottie is on the jury, trying to decide her fate. She embarks on an illicit affair with a stranger, and her husband can never find out. You will think you know who is guilty ...

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Oct 19, 2019

A well paced page turner

Maria is on trial for severely injuring her husband - she has confessed to the crime, but how much do the Lottie and her fellow jurors believe she can be held accountable for her actions?

I liked that the Degrees of Guilt was focussed around the jury on the case and I really enjoyed the characters, including Maria who is on trial. I must admit I did get quite frustrated with the main character Lottie, although it was nice to see her drawing parallels from her own life to Maria's story but I did find myself internally yelling at her bad decisions. The romance element was also a little cringey, I felt that if I read any more about Cameron's 'tight t-shirt' I was going to scream!

In thriller stories I love having occasional chapters which are from the perspective of a character we don't know. This might be the perpetrator or an important character or maybe someone we've actually met before but are seeing a completely different side to without giving away the twist of who they are. In Degrees of Guilt however, we get a few alternate chapters from someone who tells us exactly who they are and how they fit into the story but they are not integrated into the actual plot at all until the end. I felt that this actually gave away the twist ending a bit too much as we were just waiting for this character to come into the picture to explain everything and tie up the loose ends.

I did like the pacing of the book though and it kept me gripped throughout. The plot kept me bouncing around ideas as to whether Maria was guilty or innocent and how much her actions could be justified by her past. I thought the portrayal of the slow burn of control in Maria's abusive marriage and I liked the ambiguity in how much things were seen in public. Some of the twists felt a little predictable but some were less so and genuinely shocked me.

Overall Degrees of Guilt was a well paced read that kept me guessing and gripped throughout. Thank you to Netgalley & Orion Publishing Group - Trapeze for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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