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The Third Victim

(Robin Lockwood #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  3,257 ratings  ·  405 reviews
The "master of heart-pounding suspense" returns with a brand new series--The Third Victim is New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin at his very best.

A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon--tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one--two other women
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Minotaur
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Chelsea Humphrey
I hate giving poor reviews. No really; it's painful and makes me feel like a grade A butthead on steroids. I understand how much blood, sweat, and tears go into creating a novel and highly respect anyone with enough diligence and creativity to pull off such a feat, but to give this anything higher than 2 stars would cause me to lie about my feelings toward this book. Just know that this was my personal experience and there are already a few other reviews that give this book the glowing go-ahead, ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic new legal thriller!!
Two women savagely beaten and killed. A third is lucky enough to escape and is found by a passing motorist. The police quickly have a suspect in custody. But it’s not exactly someone you’d ever have expected. Do the cops really have the right perp? Is this a set up?

The author tosses in plenty of red herrings throughout and cleverly winds the story through a maze of potential suspects.

Robin, a new lawyer with little trial experience is requested to sit second chai
The Third Victim by Philip Margolin is a 2018 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Two prostitutes are murdered, but a third victim, Meredith Fenner, doesn’t fit that profile, and also manages to escape her captor. Once she leads investigators back to the cabin where she was being held, they discover the cabin was owned by prominent defense attorney Alex Mason.

Alex promptly hires Regina Barrister, who then names a relative newcomer, Robin Lockwood, as second chair. Although Alex thinks Regina will g
Diane S ☔
3.5 When Robin lands the assistant lawyer job with Regina, she is thrilled. Regina has the distinction as the lawyer who has never lost a case, and she has undertaken some Biggie's. When Attorney Alex Mason is arrested, after w woman escapes from his cabin, claiming torture, kidnapping, and sexual assault, he turns to Regina. It will be Robin's first case as second chair. She then begins to notice little things in Regina's behavior that alarms her.

Although I don't consider this to be Margolins
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, a large thank you to Phillip Margolin and Minotaur Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Phillip Margolin is back with another explosive legal thriller that will keep the reader pushing through until the very end to see that justice is served. Regina Barrister has made a name for herself in the Oregon legal community, defending those who have the money and need her legal prowess. Not only are clients awa
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin is a new legal thriller that takes off from the opening pages and keeps the action coming. The story is told from multiple points of view as it unfolds from the victim being found all the way through the investigation and trial of the case.

As a driver heads down a country road Meredith Fenner appears out of the forest in front of him. Checking if she is alright it’s apparent that she needs a hospital and quickly. Beaten, bruised and bloody Meredith has obviou

A sadistic serial killer is at work in Portland, Oregon. The murderer's first two victims were prostitutes - unfortunate women who were burned, beaten, and starved before being snuffed out. The third victim - a pretty young barista named Meredith Fenner - was lucky enough to escape, but she's physically and psychologically damaged.

Meredith's winsome neediness touches the heart of (unmarried ) Sheriff's Deputy Harry White, who shepherds Meredith through her first hours of freedom and helps her s
⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5 very solid stars!

First of all, thank you so much to Minotaur Books for sending me a review copy of this book! All opinions are my own.

This was my first time reading a novel by Phillip Margolin and I have to say I was very impressed. The Third Victim sucked me in immediately, and I thought it kept up a very good pace throughout the novel. Some people didn't like how direct the character descriptions were, but I didn't really mind that. I mean I know you would expect an experienced writ
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good, twisty legal thriller with an abundance of suspects, red herrings and surprising courtroom reveals. Set in rural Hammond County, Oregon, Meredith Fenner manages to escape after being kidnapped and tortured by a masked assailant, but 2 other women did not escape. The prostitutes Patricia Rawls and Tonya Benson had previously been found murdered and all three crimes were very similar. Based on evidence supplied by Meredith, attorney Alex Mason is soon arrested for the 3 attacks an ...more
Although the story was entertaining it still was somewhat predictable. I didn’t care for the “obvious” who done it.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Although I wouldn’t consider this a timeless work of literately genius, this police procedural / thriller did what it promised to do, it thrilled me. It kept me guessing and kept me reading.

Robin, a recent law school grad, has landed her dream job as an associate with a very prestigious law firm led by Regina, a legendary, tough defense attorney. With Regina as her mentor, her future seems to be set.

The first case she assists with looks like a slamdunk for the prosecution. All
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced thriller with heart in dealing with dementia and wickedness dealing with greed.

It is difficult for me to read a regular book anymore. I love reading on my kindle so I can underline key phrases and come back to them when I review but this one was fast and kept you on track. Detailed but not over detailed that you get lost. I have not read Margolin but if I was to compare his writing style to another it would have to be Linwood Barclaythat being said, Margolin is easier to follow.

Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some brutal scenes, along with some stereotyping in this less than best effort from Margolin. 4 of 10 stars
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
3 stars.

Not one of his best.


An elementary read my dear goodreaders.

A straightforward and uncomplicated book.
A prominent attorney is accused of murdering two women and raping another.
His defense attorney is Regina Barrister a top criminal defense attorney with a deep dark secret.
She is suffering from early onset of Alzheimer's.

A very interesting story line but turned out to be an overly simple read.
Watching Regina's mind slowly deteriorate and start to affect her defense of her client, a death penalty case, was compellin
I have read a number of Margolin’s books over the years. Most of them take place in Oregon as does this book. Margolin frequently has the hero as a female defense attorney as is the case in this book. Our protagonist is Robin Lockwood. She has obtained her dream job working for Regina Barrister, Oregon’s most famous defense attorney. Regina is defending a fellow local attorney, Alex Mason, who is charged with kidnapping, torture and battery. Robin Lockwood is second chair to Barrister in this ca ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Before diving into my review of Phillip Margolin's The Third Victim, I'd like to talk about my "process" (as if you care-insert eye roll here). How presumptuous to assume you give a crap about my "process". But... since you're here I might as well let you know.

As some may know, I write book reviews. I love writing book reviews because I love reading books. Admittedly, my reviews are far from any literary masterful analysis that is in abundance here on this site. I love reading those types of re
Mar 18, 2018 added it
Well there went a good night of sleep! I started this one late in the evening and did not put it down until after 3 am -- definitely a "read in one sitting" type of legal thriller that I hope is the first in a new series by this talented author.

The plot is described in the blurb but essentially it is full of twists, turns and surprises that begs the question -- who is the real victim? No spoilers, but when a tortured and starved woman is found at the edge of a road in Whisper Lake -- one whose h
Devi Nair
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, thrillers
One of those very few moments where wishes come true. All through reading the thriller, I wished for a particular character to be the culprit so that the thriller would truly be mind blowing... and it came true. (view spoiler) I had put up a request suggestions for such books on Facebook and got this one as a recommendation. Still, I had forgotten about it when I started to read and therefore, was completely ca ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this...I love a good courtroom drama. I’ve never read Philip Margolin, so I thought I’d start with a stand-alone novel by him. Will definitely read more of him. One review said this was like an episode of “Law and Order”. Well, I loved that series (I know I’ve seen every episode at least twice...before DVRs it’s what got me through getting up with three babies...perfect amount of time for when I couldn’t get back to sleep after middle of the night feedings!) so that wasn’t a negat ...more
Hey, if you like Law and Order: SVU, you'll likely enjoy this!

Chris Conley
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow!!!! I really cannot say much about the story for fear of revealing too much. But...Wow!!!!!!!
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Mar 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018
The Third Victim by Phillip Margolin is a standalone book and the 13th book I’ve read by the author.

The action starts in the early pages, and I thought the reader was being exposed to the crime info early on and the remainder of the book would be the “trial” portion of the story – BOY was I wrong! Just when I was convinced I thought I knew who the bad guy was, the author tosses in numerous twist and turns, and offers up several potential options for who actually committed the crime and why.

Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
3.5 stars, but I'll round up because I really like this author. I've enjoyed many of his books. I like his writing style. This book had an author interview at the end and it was fun to listen to.

This story wasn't really a 'whodunnit' but I liked the way the clues were revealed and how the author tied it all up at the end. He always manages to throw in some great twists. So 4 stars.
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
After a woman escapes death at the hands of a fiend, she leads the police back to the house, where they find and arrest a well known defense attorney. He protests his innocence, but the man's wife claims he is a sadist.

The attorney hires another attorney to defend him, and she starts nosing around.

It's a case where I was unable to sympathize with any of the characters, and didn't really care if they all died.
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the torture of women was a bit much, the underlying story of "who dunnit" is intriguing! There are multiple possibilities laid out, or hinted at, by the author, but the finale will shock and amaze! I picked up many hints along the way, so by the end I had almost figured it out. A quick listen on audio book -- 7 out of 10.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the beginning of a new series by legal author Phillip Margolin, and I thought the story was pretty good. It has a lot of mysteries in it, and Margolin's new protagonist, Robin Lockwood, is not only highly intelligent and dedicated to her profession, but she shows that she can go that 'extra mile' when trying to clear up a case.
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
It's been a long time since I read a book that I had a hard time putting down. Margolin provided the perfect twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat. From the beginning I thought I knew who was behind everything that had happened. But throughout the story Margolin would provide a sharp right turn as soon as I was positive that I had the case solved. What really drew me in though was that this is so much more than a crime story. Margolin's character development makes you feel as though ...more
Joey R.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 stars. It has been a while since I have read a book by Phillip Margolin but I thought “The Third Victim” had a good premise so I decided to give it a chance. This time — as well as every other time I have read one of his novels—- Margolin writes in short, non-descriptive sentences that provide limited details or descriptions of the characters in the novel. Margolin writes a lot like Lee Child in that he pushes the story along at a breakneck pace but does not do a good job of building character ...more
Mystic Faerie
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first of Phillip Margolin's books that I've read, and I really enjoyed it. Well written, with plenty of suspense and twists and turns. I'll be keeping my eye out for his other books in the future.
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