A twisting tale of suspense—perfect for fans of Linda Fairstein.
When the body of a successful criminal lawyer is found outside a chic London hotel, it looks like a suicide. For those who knew her, the woman's death is a shock—Marianne Shearer was at the pinnacle of her career, wealthy and stylish—but for the police, the case is open-and-shut.
There's something strange about the circumstances, though, something that prompts her colleague Peter Friel to dig deeper. Little by little, he discovers that things are not as they seem. In her final days, Marianne appears to have left a series of small, almost imperceptible clues—clues that point to a far more sinister truth.
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About the Author
Frances Fyfield has spent much of her professional life practicing as a criminal lawyer, work that has informed her highly acclaimed novels. She has been the recipient of both the Gold and Silver Crime Writers' Association Daggers. She is also a regular broadcaster on Radio 4, most recently as the presenter of the series Tales from the Stave. She lives in London and in Deal, overlooking the sea, which is her passion.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Henrietta Joyce and her family are still recovering from her sister's trial as a victim of kidnap and abuse which led to her suicide. Marianne Shearer, the defending attorney, of the assailant, Rick Boyd, has apparently just committed suicide. Fellow attorneys, Thomas and Peter investigate the death. Multiple mysteries and intrigues are layered into the narrative surrounding both the trial and attorney suicide, yet the author does a remarkable job of bringing a sense of closure and tying up major loose ends. There is some graphically described violence that may not be suitable for all readers, but it is no more, and in some cases less, than certain graphic novels/comics. It is also not done for the sake of gore but for the sake of the story and portrayal of the plot/characters. Intense descriptions of items, scenery, thoughts, etc go into much of the narrative allowing for an understanding of the character whose point of view the story is currently being told from. The story is told from multiple points of view, yet there are no awkward shifts between characters or places. The narrative is free flowing, expressive, with drama, action, much emotion, and heart. Overall, a compelling read.
Blood From Stone is a riveting crime thriller set in London that follows the unraveling of an intricate web of secrets and search for the truth behind ruthless criminal defense attorney Marianne Shearer's apparent suicide. After successfully defending a man accused of the kidnap, rape and torture of women in a high profile case, Marianne leaps to her death from a sixth floor balcony of a Kensington hotel. What would cause this cold-hearted and ruthlessly successful attorney to kill herself? This was the question that prompts her colleague Peter Friel to search for the answer with his own investigation into Marianne's private life, an investigation that will uncover coincidences and clever clues that will connect the threads in the intricate web that would eventually lead to her death. Blood From Stone is an multi-layered intricate psychological crime tale that takes the reader on a thrilling roller coaster ride. Author Frances Fyfield weaves a chilling tale that easily draws the reader into the story as an amateur sleuth trying to figure out why Marianne would end her life. This compelling story has a large cast of characters whose lives intertwine and connects with enough coincidences and secrets that keeps the readers on their toes. There is a lot of suspenseful twists and turns interwoven with cleverly placed clues throughout the story that makes the many coincidences the primary essence behind the mystery of Marianne's death. The investigation into Marianne's private life will reveal a troubled woman's inability to deal with her conscience from the ruthless choices she made in her professional life, while also uncovering the truth from her last case. Blood From Stone is a riveting crime thriller that is simply hard to put down.
What would make a woman take her own life, especially one who seems to be at the top of her game, one of the most feared, admired and respected barristers in England? Could it be that having a brilliant career was not enough for Marianne Shearer? Perhaps her reasons—her motivations, so to speak—go much deeper than anyone really suspects because, in fact, no one truly knew Marianne at all. Getting to the truth behind her seemingly inexplicable action will lead more than one person down a twisted path and secrets will be revealed that will have lasting effects. In the end, truths will come out that no one could possibly have foretold. During the first third or so of this book, I occasionally put it down, finding it more than a bit slow, almost dense. I began to realize that was because there are so many diverse characters who need to be properly introduced to the reader. All of them have an important part to play so we do need to understand them as much as possible although no “normal” person could ever truly understand a monster like Rick Boyd. I liked a few of these players, especially Peter, and either disliked or had no real feeling for others but Hen is the centerpiece. By turns, she is frustrating and appealing, seeming to be vengeful and sorrowful at the same time and she has every right to be both. In the early stages, I thought she was rather dull but then she began to come to life in my mind and, in the end, she became something of a heroine, albeit with flaws. The answers that finally come to light and the consequences of Marianne’s death are quite simply mindbending considering the coincidences that have brought all these people together, people who, in any other circumstances, would never have had any connections. Coincidence is, in fact, the cornerstone of a mystery that, when solved, brings a sense of satisfaction even though the results are not what one would normally expect in a law-abiding world. I’m very glad I stuck with the book through those early slow pages and recommend Blood From Stone to any reader who enjoys psychological as well as criminal perplexity.
When I spend money on a book I feel compelled to read until the end, I am halfway through and have not enjoyed it as yet.