We, the Jury

We, the Jury

by Robert Rotstein


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We, the Jury 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous 12 months ago
A basic courtroom drama, told from the perspectives of the individual participants. I liked the pacing and diversity of the cast. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different and enjoyable format
Anonymous 3 months ago
Held my interest but could have been better.
sumit Rk More than 1 year ago
An Exceptional & Unique Legal Thriller Nothing is more exciting than reading a well written legal thriller. Combining suspense and drama, with lawyers battling it out in court and jury arguing back & forth to reach a verdict is simply thrilling. We, The Jury is unique because it starts when the lawyers’ arguments end and jury deliberations begin. In a theme similar to 12 Angry Men, the story is focused more on the drama that plays out in the jury room than the actual legal arguments. Deciding a case of domestic murder, the jurors must now decide on whether the defendant is guilty or not. The story is however is not limited to the murder or the case. Beyond the case, there is a parallel drama playing out between the jurors as they battle to reach a unanimous verdict. A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer ~ Robert Frost. The story is narrated from multiple perspectives (the jurors, the judge, bailiff, the lawyers, and a blogger covering the case). Every chapter is narrated from the POV of a different person, we learn something new, either about the case or about the jurors. The character development is top notch, even for the minor characters, which helps you understand their biases and motivations. Despite so many POVs involved, the narrative remains never gets confusing. We also hear the testimony of certain witnesses that shapes your own verdict about the case. I felt the POV of some of the characters never really added to the main story. There could have been more debate among the jurors rather than these story tracks that go nowhere but overall the story never lets you down at any point. Overall, Robert Rotstein has put together the most unique & entertaining legal thrillers, I‘ve ever read. Rotstein forces the readers to take a critical look at the jury system and the judicial system as a whole. With an engaging storyline, some great character development and incredible narration, We, the Jury is a Winner. If you enjoy reading legal thrillers & crime fiction, this is a Must Read!
Magerber More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel. It revolves around a murder trial and each chapter is told from the POV of one of the characters who is in some way involved in the trial--the judge, the bailiff, the court reporter, a reporter for an on-line magazine, the judge's clerk, the lawyers and the individual jurors. I can sometimes find myself confused by this format, but I had no trouble with this one-each character's voice was drawn clearly and distinctly. The book's events all occur during the court case and the jury deliberation phase, but it is not limited to the circumstances of the murder or the case. Instead it looks into the interior thoughts and feelings of the individual characters who are all in some way affiliated with the case, so that the reader comes to understand how elements of each character's personal situation come to impact the case itself in a variety of ways. Towards the end of the book, we focus most on the dialogue and interaction between the jurors as they deliberate, and their internal thoughts during the process. I sat for jury duty on an attempted murder case where the jury ended up hung; the deliberation process described in this book felt very true to my experience, with each juror trying to listen to the thoughts of the others as they made their own decision about a verdict. I have recently read many books that use the unreliable narrator literary device. I am always hesitant to mention that in my reviews, as I worry that making such a statement becomes a spoiler. But, I feel like the unreliable narrator has been overused, and frequently that is a major element that feeds into my dislike of a particular book, so it is difficult to leave it out of my review. We, the Jury also includes an unreliable narrator, but there are so many narrators in this story, I don't feel as if that is a spoiler. And in this particular case, I enjoyed the way it was used-resulting in a twist that I wasn't expecting at all. All in all, this was a great read and I highly recommend it. I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed We the Jury by Robert Rotstein. David Sullinger in on trial for the murder of his wife. Instead of the usual legal thriller, the author has given us a unique view into the legal system. The story is told by many different narrators- members of the jury, the court reporter, the prosecutor, the defence lawyer and more. And we get an insight into the mind of the residing judge who has recently lost her husband, is suffering emotionally, and is doubting her mental,acuity. Rotstein writes very well - each character was developed to the extent I felt I was in the jury room with the annoying foreperson and in the heads of the jury as they deliberated. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who loves legal thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written. Rotstein shows his story instead of just telling it. He writes the feelings of each of the characters, and explains them with great detail. A provocative journey into situational ethics. This novel captures the frustration and internal struggles of right and wrong in addition to providing the technical aspects of jury selection, emotional limitations of the legal system and behind the bench insights that leave the reader with a clearer, if somewhat tainted view of the lady justice.  Thank you NetGalley, Blackstone Publishing and Robert Rotstein for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own. #WetheJury #NetGalley
TwistedReader More than 1 year ago
I think I am going to be in the minority here and say that this book just was not for me. At all. It took everything I had in me to finish We, The Jury. I honestly considered not finishing it at all but I really wanted to give it my best possible attempt to see it through to the end. I absolutely loved the uniqueness of this book and how well written it was. Rotstein took such an interesting approach to breaking down a criminal trial by focusing on the members of the court and the jury during the deliberation process rather than by putting the focus on the accused and the prosecution/defense itself. I thought that was a brilliant way of writing and it’s what piqued my interest in this book in the first place. So…if I loved the idea and the writing was so well done, why was this book not for me? Well the answer’s in the question itself, isn’t it? It turns out this book just wasn’t for me. While I was immediately drawn in by the idea of a courtroom drama that largely focuses on the jury members, as it turns out, I just didn’t care. The different points of view throughout the book didn’t bother me as much as the fact that I just wasn’t interested in what their view actually was. Turns out I really am more interested in the lawyers presenting their evidence and hashing it out in the courtroom. This was pretty early on in the book for me too so there’s a reason why I struggled to finish. While I wasn’t interested in the Judge’s late husband or the guard’s obsession with working out, I did find the Sullivan case intriguing and did enjoy parts of the deliberation process. I’ve never been in for Jury Duty so it was interesting to get that perspective. Though this book was definitely not for me, I’m still going to rate it at 3 stars because Rotstein really did such a great job that I know so many legal junkies will absolutely fall in love with this book. I’d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book to read and provide my honest opinion.
1335sj More than 1 year ago
David Sullinger is on trial for the murder of his wife of 21 years. His wife happened s to be one of his high school teachers. She left teaching and went into a high-end real estate agent and made a great living while David for some reason couldn't hold a job to save his life. They have two children, one Lacy who is a very poised young woman who supports her father throughout the trial and as soon as she becomes of age, she uses her inheritance to hire a high profile attorney who has adopted the defense of a "battered husband syndrome" for David and has turned this trial into a media frenzy. The youngest child, Dillion is on the side of the prosecution which has a totally different POV regarding his parent's marriage and turns out to be just another blight for the bumbling prosecutor. The judge is suffering from personal issues that cause her to make some colossal mistakes during the trial. This trial was only supposed to last a few weeks and it ends up being double that, the jury, of course, has started forming alliances during the trail. When the jury finally gets the case, the battle is on. Mr. Rotstein has done a great job of giving the POV of this trial by everyone who is involved in the case from the Judge to the Court Reporter. The diversity of the jury makes this even more enticing. He gives you a bit of background of each jurist without giving too much away. I could totally relate to the happenings in the Jury room having served on a week-long jury, it can get pretty brutal in there. The nice little old lady that is polite during the trial turns into a virtual tiger when deliberations start. I found myself getting upset with several of the jurists. I found this book was very cleverly written and if you like legal thrillers this is a great read. It's different from any legal thriller I've ever read; this book stays inside the courtroom. The mystery is solved, it's the verdict and the personal agendas of the jurists that is the basis of this book. As I stated above this book is very well written and I look forward to reading more from this author. Disclosure: I would like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an e-galley of this book in exchange for my honest opinion, the opinions I expressed above are my own.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I thought it was too drawn out
Anonymous 11 months ago
The clergyman was an enigma and left a lot of unanswered questions in the end.
Anonymous 11 months ago