I liked the concept of this book, Summary Justice, by John Fairfax. The introduction was good with Will Benson being sentenced to life for a murder he maintained he did not commit. Hearing him restate this is Tess de Vere a nineteen year old trainee solicitor. She believes him. After Will is released on parole, having admitted to the murder, Tess comes across him again. In that time their lives have taken very different paths in some ways though maybe not in others. The scene is well set.
To start with I found the style mostly quite light and easy. There is some humour in places as Tess meets up with her old friend Sally. There is even some humour for Will now outside prison but only on parole. However under this there is a feeling of things that might go wrong.
Up to about 30% in I found this book perfectly readable however it didn’t feel like it was going to be memorable or grip me. After that I found out just how wrong I was! I do prefer not giving things away in reviews so I’ll just say that a trial starts and the tension grows in a number of ways. The book became increasingly readable and far harder to put down. The story takes on a very twisty feel and the courtroom dramas are well played out to me.
I did find this straying briefly into the marginally incredible but it is worth it for the twists. The characters are well worked and believable. The pace later on is very good. I’d say I liked the ending but of course the story hasn’t really ended yet has it… So I’ll close with the fact that I want to read John Fairfax’s next book in this series – I do hope he can maintain the very good start made her. Maybe 4.5/5 by the later part of the story but a very good read overall.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review