The Body in Question
The place: central Florida. The situation: a sensational murder trial involving a rich, white teenage girl--a twin--on trial for the horrific murder of her toddler brother, and the sequeste ...more
An unvarnished but addictive legal drama!
The jury has been selected for a sensational criminal trial where a teenage girl is accused of murdering her younger brother. The story follows the shocking developments of the trial, but the primary focus is on the jury, which has been sequestered. The spotlight zeroes in on juror C- 2, a 52- year old photographer, and F-17 – a 41- year old anatomy professor who forge a complicated ...more
....READ IT! READ IT!! READ IT!!!
Magnificent & Brilliant!!!!
One sitting read for most readers. You won’t be able to put it down!!!
A few small excerpts- but no spoilers in this review:
“The point of no return is the moment when continuing a journey becomes less dangerous than turning back”......
“What else but guilt”, asks the defense counsel, “would cause an innocent person to confess?”
“You either photograph what you know, or photograph what you want to know ...more
Far more than a simple courtroom drama, this book puts the sequestered jury as the focus. We learn details of the trial of a wealthy teenager accused of murdering her toddler brother only through their eyes, or, more specifically, through juror C-2’s eyes (we learn her name only in the last half). Her observations, her thoughts, her notes, and her relationship with juror F-17 are what drives this story and makes it so fascinating. The first half of this book deals with the ti ...more
For what seems to be a very long time, courtroom drama has become a voyeuristic look into the workings of our legal system. Spurred on by the now famous OJ Simpson trial followed ...more
Juror C-2 is a former portrait photographer for Rolling Stone Magazine. Uninterested in working in this capacity, ...more
This one is short and like a flaming arrow hitting a target 100 yards away within 2 inches of the bulls' eye in the end zone. It's adult and starkly real. And the first 2/3rds didn't at all lead me to believe what the last 1/3rd ending entailed at all. And I'm a fairly good guesser.
Jill Clement has gotten the mundane reality of jury duty even within homicide trials of wide acclaim/ media exposure. Plus she has another HU ...more
The book centers around a sensationalistic trial in Central Florida – think something like Casey Anderson. The defendant: a wealthy teenage girl who may be on the spectrum who is accused of a heinous murder. Jurors are chosen and sequestered, a ...more
This was a story within a story. While sitting on a jury, two of the jurors started an affair. Juror C-2 and Juror F-17, as they are known throughout most of the novel, are sneaking around and quickly falling in love. C-2 is married to an older man. F-17 is a single anatomy professor.
The trial the jurors become sequestered for involves a set of twin girls, one of whom se ...more
“A flirtation would make the sequestered nights more interesting. ”
This was an interesting novella that reminded me of some short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. There is this sense of unease which permeates the narrative as well as a growing sense of foreboding. The writing style is intentionally detached, for instance addressing two of the main character as C-2 and F-17, and the other jurors by nicknames (deriving from their profession or appearance). The story was an intriguing ...more
The Body in Question opens up follow an unnamed woman who we only know as Juror C-2. She is a juror on a high-profile case concerning the murder of a baby boy who is alleged to have been set on fire with his diaper by his older adopted sister who is autistic. C-2 has developed an interest in Juror F-17, a younger man who works with cadavers at the local university as a professor. He offers a more promising escape from her husband who is on the brink of...more
C-2 and F-17 are both jurors on a murder trial. Interestingly, the trial takes place in Florida where only 6 jurors and an alternate are required. The question at stake in the trial is whether a young woman, a twin, murdered her toddler brother. It is not till ...more
A mesmerizing and way off the beaten track story of six jurors and an alternate who are selected for a case where a teenager is accused of killing her 18-month brother. The case really doesn't matter, although the details are intriguing and the accused is perhaps deliberately vague. It serves more as the backdrop for the jurors and their interactions with each other.
The jurors have their assigned numbers as identifier ...more
The Body In Question is a relatively short but addictive novel by Jill Ciment about a woman in her 50s who is chosen as a juror for a murder case in Florida. The jury is sequestered due to the sensational nature of the charges – a teenage girl is accused of setting a fire that killed her baby brother – and during the trial, the juror (#C-2) develops a sexual relationship with one of the other jurors (#F-17). She has a much older, infirm hus ...more
So DID teenager, Anca, brutally murder her baby brother? If so, WHY? How will female juror number “C-2” and male juror, “F-17”, navigate being sequestered togeth ...more
I was initially drawn to the ...more
This slim novel is described by the publisher as a courtroom drama and it kind of is, but it’s not what you think of when you think of courtroom dramas. The trial itself is very much in the background of this story. The story is really centered around the sequestered jury and one juror in particular. It’s about what goes on within a jury…personally and related to the trial and how those two pieces intersect. Though I’ve never bee ...more