So Assistant DA Cecily Minos waits, eager to see the guy in her courtroom. When Amelia meets a man who has the tattoo the girls remember seeing that day, they think they've finally caught a break. But the police refuse to reopen the case, and it's up to Cecily and Amelia to pursue their suspect.
Their investigation soon uncovers secrets best left buried. But the law is slow, and they've waited long enough for revenge
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About the Author
Patricia Hale received an MFA degree from Goddard College in Vermont. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, NH Writers Project and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance. Besides writing, her interests include hiking, kayaking and yoga. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two German Shepherds.
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I was sitting in Courtroom C inside Portland Maine's County Courthouse, half of me listening to Joe McIntire's closing arguments, the other half deciding between microwave and take-out. Like me, McIntire was an Assistant DA. He'd requested the Juvenile team while I'd put in for Domestic Violence. As expected, our cases often overlapped. Joe was trying to impress upon the jury that the fourteen-year-old kid sitting at the table behind him had brought a knife to his middle school for protection. The boy, whose stomach he'd laced open in the bathroom, had bullied him since third grade and therefore incited the defendant's attack. I agreed, but the bottom line is, our legal system says you can't fight words with knives. I glanced at the jury to get a read.
An older woman, questionably blonde, sat in the first row, crying. Beside her, an Asian twenty-something peered into a magnifying mirror, wiping lipstick off her teeth. In the second row, a man hunched behind the person in front of him and picked dirt from his fingernails. I failed to see how this represented a jury of the boy's peers. I glanced at the judge. She checked her watch. There was a time when a crime committed by a child would hold a courtroom mesmerized by its rarity. Now we had days when the entire docket held nothing but juveniles.
The cell phone in my pocket vibrated. I slipped it out and saw a new text message from Amelia, my best friend.
She's back in.
"She" referred to Hilary, the third member of our trio. It had been just the three of us for as long as I could remember, even boyfriends were kept at arm's length.
I wrote back keeping my phone between my knees. Cell phones are highly frowned upon in the courtroom and confiscated at the judge's discretion.
Psych/Addictions unit at Maine Medical Center. Meet me at 6?
I told her I would and dropped the phone into my bag. That was the thing about Hilary. She always made sure we knew when she was in, but she'd be sarcastic and ungrateful, a flat-out bitch, when we went to see her. At least to me. She had her reasons. But even though the conflict could sometimes rub us raw, we were still as tight as always. Nothing kept us apart back then, or now.
I left the courtroom before the final arguments were complete, pretty sure that I didn't want to hear the verdict anyway, and climbed two flights of stairs to my office, a cubicle among cubicles in the DA's office which employed forty-five Assistant DAs in all. My mission as a lawyer is to convict now, talk later. I know I'm supposed to want justice, but it's an afterthought. Anyone who touches a kid deserves to rot. I don't care about remorse. Each time I get a conviction and watch the perpetrator shuffle out of the courtroom in cuffs, I'm elated.
This morning when I argued against the defense council's request for a restraining order and convinced the judge to keep an abusive father in jail until his trial date, I smiled when he turned to me in tears. "No deals," I told him. The truth is I requested the Domestic Violence Unit for one reason, revenge. It's my turn to destroy some lives.
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This was quite a powerful story and quite hard hitting from the start. It's the story of how childhood innocence that is so cruelly taken away, affected the lives of three 9 year old girls. One eventually became an assistant DA but was constantly haunted by the event and riddled with guilt; one turned into a promiscuous woman who just couldn't settle down and form a relationship; one became alcohol dependent and went in and out of rehab. One thing that never changed was the love and bond these three girls share. When the subject of their fear and revulsion re-appears on the scene, they look for the chance of revenge. I thought this a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved how the author had created the bond between the three characters and how she had written them to be such different people, pulled together by a cruel act committed when they were children. The strength that they showed at times then moments of weakness, were very moving. It was quite a believable story; how they undertook to take revenge on the person who robbed them of their childhood. When things didn't go the way they planned, you felt their pain and frustration. There is the inclusion in the story of one of the girls using a ouija board, like they did when they were younger, when they sealed their friendship. Some other readers have said this wasn't needed in the book, but I disagree as it includes the ritual of self-harm which so many people inflict upon themselves, to relieve the pain and hurt of a trauma they've endured. This was a well written story; full of content and with many twists and turns. It was in no way predictable and I found it hard to put down. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
In her debut novel, author Patricia Hale weaves a riveting crime thriller about three girls who are bonded forever in friendship by a traumatic incident that leaves an indelible imprint on their lives through a bond of love, guilt, and desire for revenge. Set in the rundown town of Miller's Falls, Maine, nine year old best friends Cecily, Amelia and Hilary are sworn blood sisters whose clubhouse is an old railway car. Their bond of friendship is forever cemented when Hilary is raped by a stranger with a tattoo, Cecily and Amelia are forced to watch and are unable to assist their friend, while the assailant escapes and is never caught. Fast forward twenty years, the young women are still haunted by the tragic event that has each of them handling the guilt, trauma and memories in different ways: Cecily is an Asst. DA who specializes in domestic violence cases and relies on an Ouija board for answers; Amelia is living a promiscuous life with one-night stands; and Hilary struggles with the memory of the rape and recovering from a history of substance abuse. When Amelia meets a man with the same tattoo that the rapist had, the girls are determined to get revenge and bring the rapist to justice at any cost. This riveting story is told in the first person narrative by Cecily, who takes the reader along for the ride as the three best friends embark on a haunting journey to seek justice from a man who has changed their lives forever. This fast paced tale draws the reader in from the start with the traumatic incident that the three best friends endured, and keeps them turning the pages as the young womens' lives unfold, each dealing with the ramifications from the tragedy in different ways. The story is filled with emotion, drama, hidden secrets and enough intriguing twists and turns that keeps the reader in suspense and guessing what will happen next ... can the girls exact revenge and bring the rapist to justice? You can't help but feel for Cecily, Amelia and Hilary, the author provides the reader with an emotional back story into each of the girls' childhood, and how the past still haunts their present lives, and how their damaged lives fuels their need to bring the rapist to justice. It is a riveting story about three young women whose bond of friendship endures the ramifications of a traumatic event, and how they learn to persevere and overcome their fears, and turn the tables on the man who forever changed their lives. In The Shadow Of Revenge is a hauntingly poignant story that will tear at your heartstrings. It is also a thrilling mystery that will captivate you with intriguing drama and suspense, and a paranormal twist thrown into the mix.
Where is the sample ? I am not spending my money if i dont know what im buying !
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A small town, a cold case and three friends who haven't been able to leave the small town or the past behind. Cecily, Amelia and Hilary have been friends since a young age and at the tender age of 9 endured a horrific day that left them all scared and they have all been barely coping until the past comes back to haunt them.
Patricia Hale pens "In The Shadow of Revenge" in a plot filled with suspense along with many twists and turns. Between the author's characters that were well developed, interesting and unique, and the plot that just captivated me from the very start and had be guessing throughout, this is one book I really had a hard time putting down. Highly recommended for all suspense fans. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
For a first book for Patricia Hale, this one was very good! I can't wait to see what she will write in the future. I liked the bond between Cecily, Hillary and Amelia, and given what they have gone through, it is very understandable and believable. Something like that either tears you apart or brings you together forever. The story unfolds with us learning more and more about the girls' childhoods and the women they have become today. You learn how they each have developed coping mechanisms to get them past the memories that haunt them. Cecily seems to bear the most guilt and it is linked to a Ouiji board that they had played with as children. She has a link to the board which she is sure comes from her deceased Grandmother. She feels that the answers that she has been given through the board may have been guidance from her Grandmother all along. The more involved Cecily becomes in the investigation concerning the assault from 18 years before, the more danger she finds herself in, and the more muddy the lines between being loyal to friends or being loyal to family become. Again, loved this book - and I loved the touch of paranormal that was thrown in!