Please raise your right hand.
An affair at work has cost Julia Winter her job and her marriage. There’s no denying she has let her family down.
Please remain standing.
When a body is discovered on the North Downs, it hits local headlines. But for Julia, the news is doubly shocking because the body was buried
I stand up. The whole office stops and looks at me.
"You are Julia Winter?'
'Yes,' I say.
The female officer steps forward. 'I am arresting you on suspicion of the murder of Brandon Wells. You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence of you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence. Do you understand?'
No one moves. The office stands silent.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: A cheati ...more
I found this story a little slow and confusing for the first fee chapters. It does jump back and forth in time a lot, but ...more
Each chapter bounces between 1994 and 2017, the past and present converging towards the truth of the mystery. The reader will need to pay attention to keep track of what time period you’re in. Bits and pieces of the puzzle are fed to the reader in eagerly anticipated doses, just enough to keep you reading.
I cann ...more
A courtroom trial based book has to be done well, really well or else it fails, this book does it very well!
The book is based around a house share in Guildford, a fascinatingly bizarre landlady, her Sister and the 5 tenants, 3 men, 2 women who live there...but only 4 of them get to leave the house, 1 doesn’t, he is killed and buried nearby
The other 4 carry on with their lives, the secret 3 of them share staying a secret
Years later, remains are found, DNA is sought and the secret that was hidden ...more
I'm not quite certain what to say on this one as it was all over the place. It was difficult to follow with multiple time lines and characters.
The original premise captured my attention but as it went on I had to skim faster to get through till the end.
Of course, money is the root of all evil so there's that with money missing from the home and Gideon the husband was a strange bed fellow having been a control freak with the finances.
Julia w ...more
When a body is discovered on the North Downs, Julia Winters living her otherwise average life receives a text with the news link warning he ...more
I knew nothing about The Verdict going in; only that it was a mystery/thriller and judging by the title, I assumed there was a court case involved somehow..?
I was really pleasantly surprised by The Verdict. Well, as pleasantly surprised as someone can be by the horrible things that happen to the characters.
I know it’ll sound strange, but I loved how plain Julia was. You know how in books the main characters no matter how hard they try to be written as “simple”, they still have a ch ...more
Olivia has created a tale with a thrilling twist that will definitely keep you on your toes. Set over two decades, we are taken b ...more
OMG BOOM! What an opening. It is short and sharp but delivers that killerhook that had me itching to know more. But that wasn’t it – Oh no…the author decides to throw in another WTAF chapter that made sure I wasn’t leaving my chair until I ...more
The plot sounded so intriguing, but the characters did not engage me in the least so it felt a bit like empty page-flipping. The twist did genuinely surprise though, so I will give it a three
Julia Winter, now 48-years-old, had fled London to Guildford after her long-time boyfriend, Christian, had dumped her for another woman. She was then 23 and ended up sharing a grand home with the owner, Genevieve D'Auncey, and 4 other tenants. There was Lucy, Gideon, Brandon and Alan. Tensions are high in the household as the roommates don't get along very well and Genevieve is a bit of a flake and makes Brandon her pet -- ...more
Wow! This book was incredible. Anyone who loves courtroom drama seriously needs to read this. The book is split into three parts. Julia’s past, after “Guildford” and the court case.
At first I found Julia an unlovable character and really struggled to warm to her. I was trying to piece together in my head what had happened, but I just could not.
Then in Court we hear about what has happened in Julia’s past and I instantly started warming to her.
Although I guessed most of the ending ...more
Julia has made many mistakes in her life, but I liked her. The wrong decisions made in one's youth can kick you in the head for years to come, unfortunately! After she leaves London for The Downs (escaping the horrifying breakup with her longtime boyfriend), she moves in with an eccentric landlady and several other tenants; all but one of them creepy. There's a claustrophobic, uneasy relationship between them all. We move back an ...more
It was pretty tedious to get into, but by about 70% the actions ramps up a little.
None of the characters are particularly likeable, maybe they are not meant to be. I didn't find Julia particularly believable either, certainly not caree ...more
An affair at work broke down Julia's family. A message with a link led to a body buried twenty years ago when 5 tenants lived in a house owned by an eccentric landlady. And only 4 set forth in the world. One was buried. And a trial was set for that murder which she had to undergo today. The biggest question was - a murderer or a framed victim - what was she?
My second book by this ...more
A newly discovered dead body is big news, when it's lain undisturbed for decades it becomes huge and th ...more
I did feel however that it was almost 2 different books. I went into this thinking that it was only going to be all about the trial and the trial doesn’t happen till ...more
The Verdict is a British mystery and this was my first novel by Olivia Isaac-Henry. It was slow going but the story captivated me from start to finish. The way it was written made me eager to keep reading as well as all the time wondering what will happen next. Details and the past of the protagonists are sparingly disclosed but at exactly the right time.
The author developed the plot using multiple periods, in an alternate way, between 1994 and 2018 which was original and make all t ...more
This is the first book I read by the author and I’ll definitely go back and read her other one. The chapters go back primarily between 1994 when the ‘event’ happens and present time. It brilliantly gives you the entire picture. The characters are well developed without overdoing it.
I read it quickly because I couldn’t quite figure out how/who have ‘done’ it and I wanted to find out how it was going ...more
The Verdict was an engaging story about a woman who had to face the court for a murder 24 years prior. I like the writing, the plot, the way author explains the (not two, not three, but) four different timelines (lmao), and the resolution. It's been a while since I enjoyed I good plot and twist. Unlike other books where I had to shake my head due to main lead's mistakes, I actually care with Julia and hers we ...more
Once it got to the actual trial it really picked up. There were a few twists to keep you guessing.
Once it got going I did quite enjoy it and I would read more from this author.
A multi-timeline crime thriller with a solid concept behind it. I typically enjoy the back-and-forth of having flashbacks versus current time frames as it breaks the monotony of a narrative and keeps me interested. I felt these time jumps were handled well for the most part but nonetheless had their confusing moments which I felt could have been approached more simply at times ...more