The Darkest Flower
Attempted murder? Inexplicable accident? Either way, a PTA mom struggled for her life in an elementary school cafeteria, poisoned by wolfsbane. Now all eyes are on the accused, the victim, and a woman hired to look deeper.
Ambitious defense attorney and single mother Allison Barton i ...more
Those are words of the charming Kira Grant. Kira is a witch with a capital ‘B’, and she knows it. That doesn’t make her a potential murderer...does it?
Some people seem to think so.
Kira is a rich and spoiled PTA mom who’s used to getting her way. At a school event, one of the other PTA moms is poisoned with wolfsbane, a deadly p ...more
The Darkest Flower (Allison Barton, #1)
by Kristin Wright
Review to follow.
This book is told from the viewpoint of two women. Kira is one. Allison is the other.
Allison is an attorney. She is representing Kira who is accused of attempted murder.
Kira, according to the police tried to kill a fellow PTA mom during a school event. Just your average every day socce ...more
None of these characters was super likeable, though Allison has the makings to be if she would just stand up for herself against her horrible boss. There wer ...more
I enjoyed this book until about the 30 or 40% mark and then all I could do was roll my eyes.
The characterization is superficial and ignorant. The description gets way too detailed which bogs ...more
This book is told from two perspectives: the defendant, Kira, who is a rich, terrifically amoral housewife (though innocent of the crime, as the reader knows from the start) and her much nicer lawyer, who's also a single mom with a crush on the handsome and disarming opposing council. I'm not usually into antiheroes or antiheroin ...more
What do we have here? Let's make a list:
- Main character who is as unlikeable as she is bland: popular cheerleader marrying for wealth who - gasp- happens to be a "Mean Girl" after graduation and is every bit a middle-aged Regina as you would expect someone who wears Prada to visit her friends and is the president of local PTA. Layers? Hidden depth? Nah that's for losers, dummy The fact that she's a sociop ...more
The plot twists and turns to unexpected places. Without ...more
Normally, when I despise a POV character with all the fiery passion of ten thousand blazing suns, that doesn't bode well for the book. But this book is so well-written, so deliciously good at characterization and getting into their heads and bringing you all the little twists and turns while still keeping things in reserve to end with a bang, it actually adds to the experience - this book wouldn't be anywhere near as good if Kira wasn't so delightfully awful she loops back around to being a fun...more
*I read an early copy of this book. ...more
Review of the Thomas & Mercer Kindle ARC eBook edition (to be released June 1, 2021)
The courtroom tainted everything and everyone who entered. We’d all go straight to hell together. There’d be a line for entry longer than the ones at Disney for Space Mountain. Despair at the awfulness of everyone overwhelmed me.
Photograph of Aconitum, also known as aconite, monkshood, wolf's-bane, leopard's bane, mousebane, women's bane, devil's helmet, queen of poisons, or blue rocket, so ...more
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After reading some of the reviews on this book, I expected to go in to a predictable, somewhat fluffy story. I was pleasantly surprised on how well this book was written in regards to both the legal aspects and the depth of the characters. I definitely finished this book feeling like I knew who these people were - even if I didn't think particularly highly of them.
Another thing I really appreciated - I've read many books where the author clearly picks a ...more
From the beginning I was really hooked on this one. Kira seemed so fascinating to me and how hard she tried to keep up this image. I won’t say much more than that because I don’t wa ...more
The story is told from two perspectives. Kira is a super-involved PTA president accused of poisoning another parent. She's the definition of an unlikeable character. She's ruthless and manipulative, but also smart, which makes her exactly the type of character I like reading about (think Amber in The Last Mrs. Parrish). Allison is a single mom and defense attorney who takes on Kira's case. ...more
This is quite possibly the best legal thriller and whodunit I’ve ever read! To think that the author started writing in 2013 and almost shelved this novel idea because she was told that the protagonist wasn’t like ...more
After a nearly fatal poisoning at a PTA event, seemingly perfect Kirs Grant is arrested. Her idealistic attorney, Allison begins to investigate other PTA parents to offer Kira a defense.
This was a hard one to put down. Alternating between the defendant and her lawyer’s perspective, you’re not quite sure what the truth is... although you have an idea. This isn’t so much of a mystery/who du ...more
I really liked this book. I liked the author’s writing style. The characters were good, even if they were mostly despicable (besides the lawyer!) … it’ll be interesting to see what book 2 has ...more
“The Darkest Flower” is a well organized thrillystery that grabbed me from line 1 - It’s broken down in alternating chapters between Allison, (protagonist/attorney) and Kira, (antagonist/client); dual POV’s. Kira heads the P. T. A. and her entourage rivals THE MEAN GIRLS. Both of these are strong women and good literary figures for vastly different reasons. To avoid spoiling the story I’ll just say th ...more