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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  1,109 ratings  ·  133 reviews
After a series of kidnappings and murders in Virginia Beach, newspaper reporter Catherine O'Rourke experiences disturbing dreams that detail each crime. In an effort to aid the investigation, she shares them with her confidential source--a detective working on the case. Catherine's intimate knowledge of the crimes immediately makes her a prime suspect. When scientific evid...more
Hardcover, 379 pages
Published April 11th 2008 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published 2008)
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I REALLY liked this book. Would probably give it 8.5 on a 10 star scale. I am very stingy with the last stars, since they mean that I want to re- and re-read the book.

What was great about this book??? Its a courtroom drama / thriller with psychological undertones, which I expected by the title. The style is similar to the Patterson, Grisham, etc novels, but the thing that lets me recommend it unreservedly to my friends is the absolute lack of objectionable language. There are some PG13 situation...more
By Reason of Insanity
by Randy Singer

Catherine O’Rourke appears to have it all together. A successful career in newspaper journalism. A beautiful face, plenty of confidence, lots of friends, and a family who loves her.

But then she covers the murder trial of Annie Newberg, who confesses to taking the life of her abusive husband. Annie’s case is unique in that her powerful attorney is also her brother. Quinn Newberg fights to get Annie off on an insanity plea. When that case is unexpectedly declare...more
Todd Greene
Jun 27, 2008 Todd Greene rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Adults, older teens
Attorney/novelist Randy Singer brings readers an interesting twist on the legal thriller genre with his latest release, By Reason of Insanity.

Trial lawyer Quinn Newberg is becoming famous as he presides over the defense of a woman who is charged with the murder of her husband. Meanwhile, Catherine O'Rourke, a Virginia Beach reporter covering the trial for her employer, begins having strange visions that make no sense to her. Then she discovers that her visions are the exact details of a series o...more
Lasairfiona Smith
This isn't my usual book but it was a free Kindle download so I read it.

It is terrible. Just awful. Let me tell you why:
There are two story lines in the first half of the book. These story lines have NOTHING to do with each other. At all. There is a minor overlap and then the two story lines go off on their own. Well, I say go off but at least one of those story lines doesn't actually go anywhere. It is like a really, really, really extended character intro for lawyer Quinn. It should have been...more
The concept of an insanity defense for me is always intriguing. That's partly why I chose this book, and I wasn't misled in doing so. The legal arguments presented in the story are sound. The problem I had was the religious undertone, which, had I known was part of the theme, would have stopped me from even picking it up. Maybe the book was intended for some kind of Christian marketing; don't know and don't care.

Still, if it's possible to put that aside, then I suspect readers would find the st...more
Wow---BETTER than self-incrimination. Great mystery novel. Not a literary masterpiece, but there are no language issues---a little bit graphic at the very start as Mr. Singer develops the setting, but nothing I felt was inappropriate---and moves to show you what Annie's on trial for. I really had no OBJECTIONS with this book (get it? legal thriller, objections...) Page turner for sure! And he has short chapters (I like that). I think I will definitely read more from him. The book jacket said not...more
Yvonne Dixon
I LOVED this book! From the very first page, I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. There were some twists that I completely did not see coming. It seemed intelligent but not over my head. It was written by a lawyer about law, and since I know nothing about law, I assume it was reasonably accurate (although I'm pretty sure most of the investigations are done by police, and not the lawyers), but still quite entertaining. I felt for Cat, and felt every emotion that s...more
Boy, this is tough. I got this as a free Kindle book, and unlike some other stinkers on there I've given up on, I plowed through this sucker, and came to regret it deeply.

Let's start with two minor issues: One, our dashing hero is kind of a douchebag (he sees the female lead and wants to help her because she's "an attractive woman at the mercy of the system" - if you're a man or he doesn't find you attractive, well, snot off). Also, he has dumb facial hair.

Two, there's several boring pages whe...more
Fast plot, great characterization and terrific page-turner. It is a legal thriller/mystery. Singer is a Christian author but this book should appeal to those that don't usually read Christian authors.
Javid Prins
I really enjoyed this book, but keep in mind I don't reach in the legal thriller department but I thought this was really well put together, especially from the physiological perspective.
Shelli Norman
I am a huge John Grisham fan and this book reminder me a lot of his books. I really enjoyed the writing style and the story line. Would highly recommend
Dec 13, 2009 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys courtroom drama or crime thrillers.
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Feb 25, 2011 Laura rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who thinks the word hell is offensive
Recommended to Laura by: My old CIO
Shelves: abandoned
I'm marking this as read since there is no option to mark it as aborted. I didn't know anything about the book or author before I started reading it besides it got good reviews, including one from my old CIO. (Sorry JC but I hated this. ) As I read I couldn't understand why the dialogue in the book was so Disney. At one point one of the main characters goes to jail and feels threatened by this scary African American woman that says heck or something sterile instead of using real curse words. She...more
Another sensational Singer book!

This one tackles the always interesting 'insanity' defense as it relates to guilt of a crime. I am always amazed at how he is able to come at such gripping legal tenets and add a little religion to them. I could not stop listening to the [audio]book and polished it off in only a few days.

Singer looks to address this issue in two simultaneous cases, one in which the main character's sister is on trial for the murder of her abusing husband, and the other of a journa...more
Cora Mae Follero
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Grey Liliy
I had started this book a couple years ago, but got distracted by other titles - this time I picked the book up and started from the beginning.

Not only did I remember everything I had read previously, I found myself unable to put the book down. I read it in a single day and have just now finished.

I loved it. It had great action, suspense, and all the court room drama you could want with surly lawyers and annoyed judges.

My favorite aspect was how the book played Marc & Quinn against each othe...more

This is my first novel by Randy Singer. The jacket says he's a lawyer as well as a Christian pastor. Both DNA strands emerge in the book.

First, the plot is interesting: intersection of crime, court, journalism, spirituality.

A female reporter gets charged with several homicides,some of which she had reported.

An interesting twist: One of her defense attorneys turns out be the do-er.

Another interesting twist: Her other defense attorney turns o...more
Clarinda Dodson
The premise of the book is about a string of kidnappings and murders. Catherine O'Rouke is a reporter who claims to have had visions containing information that only the police or the person committing the crimes would have access to. This lands her as the number one suspect. She has no recollection of committing these crimes, and because of the visions, her sanity is brought into question. The book follows her experiences in jail and the proceedings of her trial.

Because of the horrible nature o...more
Alicen Dub
This book took me back to my mystery book roots:) I haven't read a mystery/crime book in awhile and it was nice to read this book. I read it for my christian book club but I have to say it didn't really have a christian theme or undertone. The book was about a woman who is accused of being a serial killer based on the fact that she had some visions about the murders. Once in the book the psychologist mentioned that the visions could be from God but that story line didn't really go anywhere. I di...more
This was my first court/crime/ suspense / mystery type book. I loved it. Though me personally being a former romance reader would have preferred a bit more romance, what was there was well written, and instead of coming away resenting the book for lack of romance, as my bias sometimes unfairly dictates, I appreciated what was there! It was real!

Quinn wasn't a knight on a white horse who did no wrong, had super human strength, and never took a blow. I related to him...though still had a crush o...more
This was a really fun (and stupid) murder mystery/courtroom drama with a little supernatural twist thrown in. I got this for free on my Kindle a few years back and just never got around to reading it. I devoured this book up in one day. It's a quick read, a silly read, and a totally unbelievable read, but fun nonetheless.

Edited to Add: Ok, so I just looked this up on Amazon and it is apparently listed under "Christian Suspense" - so what I just called "supernatural" was apparently the "Christia...more
I really enjoyed this book. A Great read. The insanity defense the quite topic. I applaud the author for writing and shedding light on mental health. It still amazes me to see how lightly we perceive mental health. Singer wrote about some serious and sensitive subjects (mental defects and domestic violence).

The story contained the right amount of suspense, drama and crime. Singer keeps the reader guessing until the the very end and I do mean the very end.

I also applaud the author for including...more
One of the better books I've read in the past few weeks. I am not even sure where I got this book from, but for some reason I had it on my kindle, and so I decided to read it. I was glad that I did. The book is a fast paced courtroom thriller that follows a famous defense lawyer, Quinn Newberg, as he defends his sister and then a woman named Catherine O'Rourke in trials where both plea insanity. The book is well written and it made me really think about what it would be like to be in Catherine's...more
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I liked this book. I couldn't make myself put it down because there were so many twist and turns that you could not have image would happen.
Melissa Bailey
Lots of twists and turns, flawed heroes/heroines - a great read for anyone who loves mystery and courtroom drama. Kept me guessing until the end!
Angela Rose
Way back in the day I used to love to read John Grisham books, and then he kind of went off the reservation and moved away from those gritty law dramas that I really liked. I got this book on my Kindle for free thinking, "hey, I'll read anything if it's free"! Well, well, well, to my surprise Randy Singer is an amazing writer. I thought I had this book figured out in the beginning and to my delight I was completely wrong! In his writing he weaves so many different plot lines into the story that...more
This was a spell-binding story for me. I was hooked into the story to find out what the real story was. If you have a hx of abuse in your background this story may set off triggers for you. The story is about a young female reporter who covers the crime scene. She begins to have Visions about a crime under investigation and suddenly finds herself accused of the crime. She has two high profile lawyers working with her fm opposite sides of the country who sometimes clash. And beyond that anything...more
First book I read by Randy Singer and it made me want to read more. Interesting twists and turns.
Katie Q
I would have given this book 4 1/2 stars if the system allowed.

This is a very good courtroom drama/mystery and thriller in one. It nearly lost me at the beginning but as the book progressed I could hardly put it down. For a book to do that for me it must be good as those who follow my reviews would already know.

It was a relief to be reading a book that did not add lust/passion to it. It once again proved you don't need detailed sex scenes to write a good story.

Randy Singer is certainly an excell...more
Dawn Doyle
A gripping story with suspense right to the end.
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Randy Singer is a critically acclaimed author and veteran trial attorney. He has penned nine legal thrillers, including his award-winning debut novel Directed Verdict. In addition to his law practice and writing, Randy serves as a teaching pastor for Trinity Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He calls it his "Jekyll and Hyde thing"—part lawyer, part pastor. He also teaches classes in advocacy and...more
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