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On the day before his twenty-first wedding anniversary, David Sullinger buried an ax in his wife's skull. Now, eight jurors must retire to the deliberation room and decide whether David committed premeditated murder-or whether he was a battered spouse who killed his wife in self-defense.

Told from the perspective of over a dozen participants in a murder trial, We, the Jury
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Blackstone Publishing
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Kaceey
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kaceey by: Matt
4.5*
WOW! How refreshing! A completely innovative and original twist on a courtroom drama.

A case study revealing all the pieces of the puzzle that make up the judicial system.

For those of us who read legal thrillers - we’ve all been accustomed to the courtroom drama told from the perspective of lawyers and defendants. This book turns things sideways with a unique approach to covering a major trial.
This trial is dissected and told from the point of view of everyone involved. The judge, the bailif
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Susanne  Strong
4 Thrilling Stars!

David Sullinger is on trial in Sepulveda County, California for murdering his wife, Amanda. He claims that he was a battered spouse and that it was in self-defense.

It is up to eight jurors to decide if he is guilty. The Jurors include: a housewife, an architect, a student, a clergyman, a jury consultant, a former high school principal, an express messenger and the foreperson.

During the trial, testimony is given by David’s daughter Lacey and his son Dillon. The testimony given
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Sumit RK
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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An Exceptional & Unique Legal Thriller

Nothing is more exciting than reading a well written legal thriller. Combining suspense and drama, with lawyers battling it out in court and jury arguing back & forth to reach a verdict is simply thrilling.

We, The Jury is unique because it starts when the lawyers’ arguments end and jury deliberations begin. In a theme similar to 12 Angry Men, the story is focused more on the drama that plays out in the jury room than the actual legal arguments. De
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Matt
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Rotstein, and Blackstone Publishing for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

Robert Rotstein has developed this unique legal thriller, told from the perspective of the other side of the courtroom. Rather than putting the reader in the middle of a courtroom drama, the story unfolds as the legal banter is wrapping up and the case is sent to the jury. David Sullinger is accused of hav
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Barbara
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars

As the book opens, Sepulveda County Superior Court Judge Natalie Quinn-Gilbert is giving jury instructions in the trial of David Sullinger. Sullinger, who split open the head of his wife Amanda with an axe, claims he was a battered husband who killed in self-defense.



The judge - recently widowed and consumed with grief - hasn't been her best self lately. Nevertheless, she oversaw the proceedings; the prosecution and defense have rested their cases; and the jury has its job to do.

The bu
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Nadia
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
We, the Jury was such an enjoyable read. The book follows the trial of David Sullinger who has been charged with murdering his wife. David claims that his wife has been physically abusing him for years and he killed her in self-defence. This version of the story is supported by David's daughter, however, David's son provides a contradictory testimony claiming that the monster in the relationship was not the murdered mother, but the father. The problem is that the son is a drug addict and no one ...more
Katie
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m a bit of a law junkie. I love legal thrillers and anything to do with the criminal justice system. In fact, I even volunteer every year to be the defendant in a first degree murder case in a mock trial for a criminal law class at a local law school (not to brag, but I have been found “Not Guilty” twice). This fiction book We, the Jury was so much fun. Unlike a typical legal thriller, the book alternates perspectives between many participants in the trial from members of the jury to the judge ...more
Susan
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We, the Jury is a thoroughly engrossing and captivating read. David Sullinger is on trial for the gruesome murder of his wife. The book starts when the case is sent to the jury and alternates chapters with each participant's POV. I found this book unique and quite interesting. I haven't read a courtroom drama this good in years. Highly recommend.

Thank you Netgalley and Blackstone Publishing for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jayme
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mirror Mirror On The Wall....Who’s the FAIRIST of them all?

It is said that juries have something that machines still lack-a sense of moral responsibility.

But, do they really?

When each juror is bringing their personal animosities and biases to the deliberation room, can a just verdict really be reached?

Is winning more important than justice? Would you rather convince your fellow jurors to see things your way, than admit that perhaps your initial thoughts may have been wrong and change whether
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Emma
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
I really enjoyed this book told from the point of views of the jury, bailiff, clerk, judge , prosecutor and defending lawyer etc. We get to see their state of mind, their personal bias and insecurities, the cultural context and the filters through which their verdict will come. One aspect I’m not sure I really grasped was the motivation behind the twist -can’t say more because I don’t want to spoil it for anyone!
Thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Michelle
When I first saw the description pf We, the Jury on NetGalley I was reminded of 12 Angry Men. While this novel is on par with that great classic, We, the Jury stands on its own. Woven into a fabric of a sensational trial where an alleged battered husband kills his former high school teacher come wife are threads of socioeconomic, gender and race issues. A diverse jury is used to illuminate how past experiences color perception. The impact of the judge's mental state on the direction of the trial ...more
Jeanette
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
There was a period of about 50 pages towards the end of this book that just dragged for me. Every other book in my pile pulled me toward "the other" direction. And that always loses an entire star for me. But I read every word.

It was the bickering and the snotty quotients. They just went over my low tolerance bars. I don't like reading manipulative sarcasm and low life background material that long- it's negative time. And it was, at times in this book, about 5 or 6 sets of "eyes" playing double
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Sheryl
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Sullinger is on trial for the murder of his wife of 21 years. His wife happened to be one of his high school teachers. She left teaching and went into high-end real estate and made a great living while David for some reason couldn't hold a job to save his life.
They have two children, one Lacy who is a very poised young woman who supports her father throughout the trial and as soon as she becomes of age, she uses her inheritance to hire a high profile attorney who has adopted the defense o
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Carolyn
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Blackstone Publishing for the chance to read this clever, compelling legal novel. The mystery and suspense builds up based on how the jury members will vote and the outcome and repercussions of the trial.

David Sullinger killed his wife with an axe blow to the head the day before their 21st wedding anniversary. Was it premeditated murder or the result of years of both physical and psychological abuse by his wife, Amanda? The characters were well developed and interesting
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ʚϊɞ Shelley ʚϊɞ
This book was very well written. Rotstein shows his story instead of just telling it. He writes the feelings of each of the characters, and explains them with great detail. A provocative journey into situational ethics. This novel captures the frustration and internal struggles of right and wrong in addition to providing the technical aspects of jury selection, emotional limitations of the legal system and behind the bench insights that leave the reader with a clearer, if somewhat
tainted view of
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lovebooks
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
We The Jury was an interesting read. It’s about what goes on behind the scenes in a court house after the trial. A man was accused of murdering his wife.
Deb Jones
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting approach to a murder trial, We, the Jury, draws the reader in immediately with his approach of showing the story through the eyes of the eight jurors, the trial judge and others associated with the court.

Human nature is on trial via the author's eyes, more central to the plot than the alleged murder they jury is deliberating. A social commentary? It left me with fresh thoughts about the justice system.
Gloria ~ mzglorybe
My rating 3.5 stars
Release date: 10/23/18

Not your traditional legal-drama novel. This reminded me more of a "Bull" TV episode as it focuses on the jury and others in the courtroom, the judge, bailiff, court reporter, etc. It gives us insight into what they're thinking as they move along in the courtroom, and in the deliberation quarters. I give the author a 4-star rating for originality, but a 3-star for entertainment - therefore my 3.5 rating.

This legal drama is sometimes a comedy-drama, altho
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Rick
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We The Jury, a fascinating work of fiction with a real twist, follows the deliberations 8 members of a jury who are expected to rule on a particularly gruesome murder. The protagonists are jury members from the community with highly varied backgrounds, which ultimately steer their decisions. We the Jury is a departure for Robert Rotstein from his immensely popular Parker Stern series of 3 books.

The fact that David Sullinger has killed his wife Amanda is undisputed. When the police arrive Mrs. Su
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Joyce
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

David Sullinger admitted to killing his wife on the day prior to his twenty-first wedding anniversary. He says he did it in self-defense. His wife Amanda was abusive to him and the children, a boy and a girl, and came after him with weapons that day.

His daughter, then eighteen, hires a very smart and manipulative attorney named Jenna Blaylock who makes the prosecutor look like a buffoon. The defense attorney is very confident and is celebrating a victory just as the jury retired for thei
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Jayme
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mirror Mirror On The Wall....Who’s the FAIRIST of them all?

It is said that juries have something that machines still lack-a sense of moral responsibility.

But, do they really?

When each juror is bringing their personal animosities and biases to the deliberation room, can a just verdict really be reached?

Is winning more important than justice? Would you rather convince your fellow jurors to see things your way, than admit that perhaps your initial thoughts may have been wrong and change whether
...more
1b2gmama
Aug 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. Courtroom drama and legal thriller lovers will surely enjoy this fresh take on jury trials.

Robert Rotstein brings in over a dozen narrators who are also characters within the book. So that's over a dozen points of view. That was interesting at first but by half-way through the book I truly just wanted to follow the jury's deliberation straight through (aka, get to the point.) Additionally, because of all the switcheroo I didn't feel entirely invested in some of them
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Kathy
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read a Kindle ARC of We, the Jury. I read this book in three days and I didn't want to put it down. It is probably one of the most well-written stories of a trial that I've read. The story is told from alternating points of view of a jury, judge, bailiff and attorneys in the trial of David, a married man accused of killing his wife prior to their 21st anniversary. There's no dispute that he did it but his claims of self-def ...more
Kyle Robertson
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a quick read, an engrossing courtroom drama. This trial investigates an important legal issue: Can a man beat a murder rap by claiming he has been abused by his spouse? There is a list of concise facts of the case and parties involved on the very first page, although the book starts near the end and works backwards. The testimony and facts from the trial are unpacked during the jury deliberation and transcripts of witness testimony from the court reporter.

This book is written in a diffe
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Joyce
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

David Sullinger admitted to killing his wife on the day prior to his twenty-first wedding anniversary. He says he did it in self-defense. His wife Amanda was abusive to him and the children, a boy and a girl, and came after him with weapons that day.

His daughter, then eighteen, hires a very smart and manipulative attorney named Jenna Blaylock who makes the prosecutor look like a buffoon. The defense attorney is very confident and is celebrating a victory just as the jury retired for thei
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Mystica
Aug 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A not so straight forward killing - in this case the accused was a husband who axed his wife to death on the grounds that he was emotionally and physically abused, his children were abused by his wife and this was the result.

Told from the point of view of each juror and the Judge presiding, also from other court officials, each one gave a different scenario of the day to day happenings. Each one was different and quirky! even the Judge. It also showed how easy extraneous circumstances can affect
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Krista
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved it! And then.
What the hell happened at the end?
Daco Daco
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this provocative and timeless book in its early stages. I love the innovative approach Rotstein uses to tell this gripping and marvelous story. And I find even after the turn of the last page, the story leaves me wondering if justice was really served. I highly recommend this read for fans of legal fiction, thrillers, and literary fiction! A great book club read as well.
Ronald Keeler
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Maybe because of the relationship between crime, mystery, and legal thrillers, I am attracted to titles like We, The Jury by Robert Rotstein. Years ago, I was spoiled as far as legal thrillers by John Grisham. His appeal has not faded with his recent works such as the The Whistler. Rotstein does not compare to Grisham; he is different in many ways and that is what makes this novel an exceptional one. It is pleasing in its organization. It is clever in the observations offered on the travails of ...more
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Robert Rotstein is an entertainment attorney with over thirty years experience in the industry. He’s represented all of the major motion picture studios and many well-known writers, producers, directors, and musicians. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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