On my blog today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the new novel by Lia Middleton, Your Word or Mine.
Prosecutor Ava Knight always plays by the rules.
Until she meets fifteen-year-old Lily Hawthorne, accused of stabbing hotel magnate Michael Osborne in cold blood.
It should be an open-and-shut case. But Ava suspects something everyone else does not:
MICHAEL OSBORNE IS LYING.
Because eighteen years ago, Ava was brutally assaulted. The case went to trial. Her attacker was acquitted.
His name? Michael Osborne.
Now, court is in session.
And Ava must decide how far she’s willing to go to uncover the truth . . .
I thought Lia Middleton’s debut, When They Find Her, was one of the most original thrillers I read last year, so I was very excited to read her new novel, Your Word or Mine. For her second book, Lia Middleton has crafted a tense and very emotive courtroom drama, beginning eighteen years ago, when Annabelle King, a fifteen-year-old girl, is assaulted on her way home. Now, in the present day, Annabelle goes under a different name and is working as a prosecutor. And she is about to come face to face again with the man who attacked her all those years ago and got away with it, leaving her life in turmoil.
There is a lot of tension in this novel, particularly when Annabelle, now named in the present as Ava, finds out that she’ll be meeting the man who attacked her, Michael Osborne eighteen years earlier. I immediately connected to Ava, especially in the scenes when Lia Middleton takes us back to the time when her attacker was found not guilty. You can see the raw emotions this causes within her family as it feels as though she has been accused of lying about the attack. I wondered what she was going to do in the present day, as she met her attacker once again, and if she would do anything to try and get revenge. This is what drives the plot of the novel forward.
It feels as though history is beginning to repeat itself as Ava becomes involved in the case Michael Osborne is connected to. You can feel Ava’s determination to make people realise what sort of person Michael really is, and to do this, she must put her own career at risk. Lia Middleton has created a really dislikeable character in Michael Osborne, and I was rooting for Ava, right the way through the book, to succeed in getting him brought to justice.
I flew through Your Word or Mine. I liked the clever reveals that came as I delved deeper into the book. It makes for an addictive page turner and I was invested in the lives of the characters, particularly Ava’s, I really had no idea how things were going to pan out for her. I thoroughly enjoyed Lia Middleton’s second novel, I’m looking forward to seeing what she writes next. I’ve become a huge fan of her writing, and I hope there are many more books by Lia to come.
Publisher: Michael Jospeh
Publication date: 1st September 2022
Print length: 367 pages
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