Final Judgment by Marcia Clark – ARC Review

final judgment by marcia clark review

Final Judgment

Author: Marcia Clark

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Release date: April 21, 2020

Pages: 416

Genre: Legal Thrillers

Rating: ★★★★

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Synopsis

A murder investigation draws firebrand attorney Samantha Brinkman into her boyfriend’s past in this novel of high-risk suspense by bestselling author Marcia Clark.

When it comes to relationships and self-preservation, defense attorney Samantha Brinkman has always been cut and run. But it’s different with her new lover, Niko, an ambitious and globally famous entrepreneur. Sam is putting her faith in him. She has to. He’s also her new client—a suspect in the murder of an investor whose shady dealings turned Niko’s good life upside down.

He had the motive: revenge. As did many others who banked a fortune on the wrong man. That’s a point in Niko’s favor. So is his alibi for the day of the slaying. Until that alibi mysteriously disappears. As Sam’s feverish search for another viable killer begins, the investigation only leads deeper into Niko’s past and its secrets.

From the darkest suspicions to final judgment, fighting for Niko is Sam’s job. To do it, she must risk everything on a man who could make all her worst fears come true.

Why did I choose to read Final Judgment?

This time, it’s the author that pulled me in.

A lot of times, I choose the next books I read based on the beauty of the cover and sometimes based on the synopsis. But in this case, when I was scrolling through the book releases of the next few months, I saw the author’s name and I thought, “It can’t be the Marcia Clark?”. But it was.

Marcia Clark is the famous lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case. I was aware she had written a book of her own point of the view of the O. J. Simpson trial, called Without a Doubt (which I want to read eventually), but I didn’t know she was also a fiction novelist.

That’s why I decided to read Final Judgment, which has a release date of April 21st, 2020. This ARC was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. Up next is my honest review.

What did I think of Final Judgment?

Final Judgment is an entertaining and suspenseful legal thriller. It was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time!

I honestly didn’t know Final Judgment was book number 4 in a series; but it is. It’s part of the Samantha Brinkman series by Marcia Clark, which starts in book 1 Blood Defense.

Truthfully though, it didn’t change anything of my reading experience that I hadn’t read the first three books. If there was a mention of an event that happened in a previous book, the narrator briefly explains it and you’re immediately up to speed. It didn’t confuse me or at any point made me misunderstand a situation in Final Judgment. Of course, because I liked Final Judgment so much, I recommend going to read the first three books, and I will do that myself.

Now, I’m a big fan of suspense and thriller novels, but I’m not a huge reader of legal thrillers. This book really made me want to dive more into that genre, it was that good!

I never found the story to be dragging, it was fast-paced and kept me on my toes. Honestly, I read 75% in 24 hours. I thought I wouldn’t understand some of the legal procedures and jargon, but it turns out I know more than I thought!

I really liked the main character and narrator, Samantha Brinkman. Although her childhood trauma was difficult to understand, having myself not lived through such trauma, I still found her to be a sympathetic character, one I could relate to on some levels.

The investigation the characters go through to help Samantha’s boyfriend and client is very well thought-of and fascinating. I really followed along the story, without really having any idea where it would take me. I quite enjoyed the many surprises and twists.

All in all, I’m a big fan of Marcia Clark’s Final Judgment and I definitely recommend the series to fans of legal thrillers. This one opened my eyes to this genre and I can’t wait to dive into more legal novels!

Until next time!

Melanie

P.S.: Click here to buy the first book in the Samantha Brinkman series, Blood Defense!

Final Judgment by Marcia Clark is an entertaining and suspenseful legal thriller. From the best-selling author and famous lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case comes a chilling tale about a defense attorney risking everything for her most important client yet: the man she loves. Check out my review of Final Judgement here!
Final Judgment by Marcia Clark is an entertaining and suspenseful legal thriller. From the best-selling author and famous lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson murder case comes a chilling tale about a defense attorney risking everything for her most important client yet: the man she loves. Check out my review of Final Judgement here!

 


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