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The Darkest Flower

(Allison Barton #1)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  3,718 ratings  ·  272 reviews
You’ll never believe the terrible things being said about the perfect president of the PTA.

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
Kindle Edition, 296 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Thomas & Mercer
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Michael David
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Because I’d always been scrupulously honest with myself, I checked my privilege. Yes, it was still there...I had all the privilege and had no plans to give any of it up.”

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
Society has rules. People expect certain performances from good girls, and I’d always made sure to get a standing ovation for mine.

The Darkest Flower (Allison Barton, #1)
by Kristin Wright

Review to follow.

My review:

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
May 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I picked this book as an Amazon First Reads for May, and I am glad I did. This is a quick and fun ride, featuring mean girl Kira, who is accused of poisoning a fellow PTA mom, and Allison, her small-town lawyer. It's a good mix of a mystery, legal drama, and beach read all at once. The chapters alternate between the POVs of Kira and Allison.

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
Kay Oliver
May 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
This novel is told from two perspectives: Kira Grant, who is an arrogant, wealthy suburban wife and mother with daddy issues and Allison Barton, who is a lawyer working for a misogynist and has very little back bone. Kira has been arrested for attempted murder by way of poisoning and Allison represents her.

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
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This is Big Little Lies if Cersei Lannister was heading the cast of malicious, impeccably groomed housewives. An addictive page turner with a twist you won't see coming!

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
Mary Ann Marlowe
The Darkest Flower is such a twisty delicious thriller featuring Kira, a horrifying but fascinating anti-hero who will make you laugh at the same time she makes you shudder, like only the most layered villains can. Woven through the toxic mix of monstrously hilarious commentary are subtle questions about society, victimhood, and what lines a mother might understandably cross for her children. The everywoman voice of Kira's lawyer, Allison, serves as a moral center to the novel. Juggling her own ...more
Margarita Montimore
Impressive and intoxicating. The women inhabiting this story are bold, clever, complex, and deliciously thorny—quick to show you what they're capable of if you dare underestimate them. This book is a dark delight and Kristin B. Wright is an author I'll be closely watching. ...more
The Darkest Flower was my selection for Prime First Reads for May. Obviously I made the wrong choice. Normally I like the books but I wanted to try out a new author. I won't be reading any more. The writing was choppy, almost amateurish. The plot was ... interesting but... to put it simply, I never believed the plot, the legal proceedings were ridiculous even though the author was/is an attorney, and none of the characters appealed to me at all, not even a little bit. If they all had been poison ...more
Bubo Bubo
May 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Received a copy as I am part of the Amazon First Reads program available for Prime members
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
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding book! The author is a master at creating fully realized characters who leap off the page as real people. Kira is the most interesting of those characters, an extraordinarily manipulative, status-obsessed PTA mom whose love for her child leads to questionable decisions. Think Cersei from Games of Thrones if she were married to a dentist and sought elite college admission for her children rather than control of the Iron Throne.

The plot twists and turns to unexpected places. Without
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing

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

Summer Spence
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kristin Wright absolutely blossoms with her second book! The Darkest Flower has it all -- the darkest humor, the most delicious villain (or is she the villain!?), a heroine to root for as she roots out evil in the suburbs, and just the right hint of romance. I loved it and can't wait for Wright's next book, which is sure to thrill!

*I read an early copy of this book.
Alan Teder
Mommy Law & Justice
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
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh, wow. An absolutely fantastic read. Wright gives us deliciously layered main characters, plenty of twists and turns, and an inability to sleep until you get to the end. :-) I'm so glad I got an ARC of this book, and can't wait to see what Wright comes up with next. ...more
Danielle B
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Review to come!
Patricia A. Powell
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Terrific story!
Sarah -  All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
So many of my prime reads have been duds lately, yet this one was fantastic. I’m so glad I read it and it’s likely I am going to continue the series. I knew who the wannabe-killer was, But I didn’t know the how or why. Turns out I also didn’t know the who - as in who the victim was supposed to be. Great read.

See my review on my blog: https://allthebookblognamesaretaken.b...
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5*** (rounded up, because I enjoyed it!)

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
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My review disappeared and I’m recovering from hand surgery. I could barely write one review, I can’t do a second one.
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I chose this book for my May first reads as I really liked the synopsis they gave. It was between this and one other and ultimately I chose this one. I wholeheartedly love books that are written from multiple points of views and characters. I find myself enjoying these books more than the normal way books are written.

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
Brooke Wright
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Didn’t see the twist coming near the end. Can’t wait to see where Allison’s story leads to next.
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this very much especially the unexpected twist at the end!
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
Wow, this one kept me guessing. Wright has created a character so compelling in her deviousness that you find yourself reading just to find out what she says and does next. Relentlessly suspenseful, grimly humorous, and sneakily challenging, this twisty portrait of the extremes of motherly ambition will stay with you.
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really riveting! This book had a great ending, and it’s well worth the read!
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Darkest Flower is the type of suspense I most enjoy reading, full of dark humor and page-turning drama.

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.
You’ll never believe the terrible things being said about the perfect president of the PTA. Poisoned by a wolfsbane-laced smoothie at the fifth-grade graduation party, one of the moms on the committee struggled for her life in Lynchburg, Virginia’s Wolf Run Elementary School cafeteria.

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
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Darkest Flower by Kristin Wright. Thanks to #amazonfirst and @thomasmercer for the gifted e-Arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I got this book from my Kindle Unlimited monthly selection and I was drawn in from the beginning! Kira is the typical PTA mom, but a little more snarky and self-entitled than anyone could be! So when she's accused of attempted murder by poisoning a smoothie cup, she hires Allison to defend her. There are so many layers to this novel, but it's a fun ride as alternate chapters are written from each woman's perspectives. Who is really the guilty one and why? This will have you guessing from the beg ...more
Melissa E.
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Premise - PTA mom, Kira, is arrested on attempted murder charges for allegedly poisoning another PTA mom. Kira is a piece of work. Entitled. B*tch. She’s pretty wicked all the way around. But the other moms aren’t angels either… Is it an oxymoron to have the lawyer (Allison) be the honest, good person? Lol.

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
Linda Galella
May 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A finely crafted debut that introduces a strong new heroine to champion; welcome Allison Barton!

“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
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Kristin Wright is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and has been both a criminal defense lawyer and the VP of the elementary school PTA. She lives in Virginia with her family. To learn more visit

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Kristin lives in Virginia with her husband, two sons, and two beagles (one silly, one Machiavellian). She's a native of the Detroit area, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and has practiced law in many fields, including big firm litigation, criminal defense, personal injury, local government, and divorce and custody. She writes before work and behind the wheel of her car in the p ...more

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