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Your Word Or Mine

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Ava Knight, in her early thirties, is successfully forging her career as a prosecutor when she is bounced into standing in for a colleague in the case of a 15 year old girl, Lily, who has been accused of stabbing a wealthy businessman called Michael Osborne. The evidence is stacked in favour of showing Lily’s guilt but Ava believes otherwise she recognises Michael Osborne as the man who raped her when she was just 14. Due to mismanagement of DNA evidence at the time Michael Osborne got away with it which had a very serious and dramatic effect on Ava and her family in the years following to the point where she had changed her name to Ava. 

Ava believes Lily is innocent and is determined to not let Michael Osborne get away with it again despite putting her career in danger as she should not be taking part in a case where there is a connection in this way.

Lia Middleton has done a terrific job of keeping the reader in constant suspense with much drama throughout this book. It is very well written and I found it hard to put down. I felt quite anxious for Ava at several points as she put herself in dangerous situations in her determination to seek the truth and it was not clear to the reader which way the story was going to go and who was telling the truth and who was lying. 

This is the second book I have read by Lia Middleton and she is definitely on my favourite authors lists. With thanks to NetGalley and Michael Joseph Penguin  for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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Rating:  3.0/5

Early reviews of "Your Word or Mine" have been almost exclusively positive - and it isn't difficult to see why.  It tells the story of Annabelle King, a teenager who was brutally assaulted.  Although she took her attacker to court, a key piece of evidence was deemed inadmissible and the accused was acquitted.  Eighteen years later, Annabelle has become Ava Knight, a successful barrister and finds her path once again crossing that of the man who walked free all those years ago.  Even though she knows she should walk away from this new case, Ava cannot resist the temptation to become entangled in it.

Author, Lia Middleton, has followed the adage of "writing what you know" by setting this thriller in the world of criminal law, with which she is intimately familiar.  The story is certainly engaging as well as entertaining and you would expect that the author's insider knowledge would ensure an overriding sense of realism ... but that is really where this novel comes up short.

Without going into detail and risking spoilers, "You Word or Mine" requires a significant amount of suspension of disbelief in order to accept that Ava, an educated and professional woman, would behave in the manner, and pursue the course of action, that she does.  Even allowing for dramatic licence, there are too many occasions when credulity is stretched too far and is hard to swallow.

Stylistically, I was not totally convinced either.  The narrative is told from two viewpoints:  Primarily that of Ava, but also that of Lily, the teenager involved in the current legal proceedings.  The author opts to use the first person for both accounts, which is fair enough - but it does mean that there is a need to give each character a distinct and credible voice ... and I don't think Lia Middleton succeeds in that.  I have no issue with the voice attributed to Ava, but there was no clear distinction between her voice and the one attributed to Lily - and in Lily's case it really didn't strike me as authentic.

Overall, although "Your Word or Mine" is an enjoyable read, it doesn't have the required level of believability that the best in class from this genre display.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for supplying an ARC in return for an honest review.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for approving me for this arc 

Wow, wow, wow. Everything about this book was bloody brilliant!! I loved every part it was. Was excellently planned, thought out and executed!!

Such an easy read highly recommend
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Powerful and emotive read with lots to keep the reader involved and wondering the outcome,clever twists and turns and a brilliant writing style, trigger warning re rape as this is the whole focus of the book, needs concentration re the changing characters and timelines but is well worth it
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Writers such as Jodi Picoult, Gillian McAllister and Kiah Abdullah have published some great modern courtroom thrillers in recent years, and Lia Middleton has now added another. Her previous novel was much more light-hearted in tone but with this new release she proves she can effortlessly switch genres. The protagonist this time is Ava Knight, a successful barrister who is taken back to her own traumatic childhood when she has to prosecute teenager Lily Hawthorne for a knife crime against an older man. A man Ava recognises as the perpetrator in the shocking things she herself experienced at Lily’s age …
Superbly plotted and written, this is a thriller you will not want to put down once you have read the first few pages. Highly recommended!  I am grateful to NetGalley and the publishers for the complimentary ARC I received that enabled me to write this book review.
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What a brilliant, riveting legal thriller!  This was sheer perfection.  This was emotional, suspenseful, shocking and full of gasp-inducing twists.  I couldn't put this down and can't wait to read more from this author!
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Thank you so, so, so much to NetGalley, Penguin Michael Books and Lia Middleton for an advanced copy! 

Your Word or Mine. Five Stars. Amazing writing. A super and intense crime/legal thriller that is both gripping and engaging, a true page turner that you will not put down. 

Just some of my quick thoughts on this book. Honestly though, I'd give this all of the stars if I could! The way that this story is layered keeps your attention throughout. All of the characters are so well written and developed. Ava is a force to be reckoned with, and she proves just that. I loved her! There are quite a few twists in this as well (which we all love, right?) and I know I say this often, but I had no idea they were coming! There were some gasps and "Nooooo!" while reading let me tell you! 

This book comes out September 1st and if you're in any way a fan of a suspenseful novel, you'll be wanting to pick this up! Lia Middleton, just wow! 

* Please research any trigger warnings before reading *
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Your Word or Mine is a gripping thriller with plenty of twists and turns to keep you both entertained and guessing to the end. It’s fast paced and well written. Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Michael Joseph and the author for the chance to review.
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This  was an ok well written book which had an interesting storyline.  A bit slow burner for me  and it wasn't as thrilling as I imagined until about half way through when the tension picked up.  The characters were interesting and well developed.
 Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review it.
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4.75⭐️

I loved the authors debut so I was very keen to read this legal thriller 

Eighteen years after an unsuccessful trial against her attacker Annabelle King changes her name to Ava Knight and becomes a barrister. 
Ava is persuaded to take on the defence of a 15 year old girl Lily accused of stabbing a man, the same man who attacked Ava and escaped getting a conviction all those years before. His name is Michael Osbourne. 

We get the story divulged from 2 time lines Bella at the trial, Ava now, and some from Lily around the time of the attack. 
There’s a decent amount of tension throughout, but half way in there’s a massive breath holding, pulsating surge, even that is only the start of an escalator ride of tension and threat. 

Along with the tension it’s got a really good pace. 
I didn’t really like the main character, but that didn’t stop me getting totally immersed in this excellent thriller. 

I had issues with a couple of Ava’s actions so not the full house for me, but only a smidge of a deduction. It’s an excellent read, one that I highly recommend.
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I never repeat the blurb, but I cannot say enough how brilliant this was.  Intriguing and compelling story of how one event can have repercussions for all concerned, even years later. Loved the story and will definitely be reading more from this author. Superb.
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Your Word of Mine is the first book I've read by Lia Middleton. Other than a good synopsis I went in with no real expectations, more a hopefulness it would be a good thriller. My expectations were met and exceeded.

Initially I didn't know what to make of Ava/Belle other than feeling she had totally lost the plot and must be crazy. I never give spoilers with my reviews but will say this character must be a whole lot stronger than I ever could be! I found here quite likeable even though her actions (Especially earlier tin the book) seemed 'out there'. Other characters I had mixed feelings on, some good, some bad. But as with all books they are there to draw your own conclusions. I felt Lia (Author) made them feel very three-dimensional even if (Again) some of their actions were a little unbelievable.

The story is told from both past and present tenses, at times this could be a little confusing. Some chapters were short where many were a lot longer. As the book progressed (Especially after around the second half) the story came together more. With so many twists and turns, I liked trying to draw my own early conclusions and sometimes being right, but often wrong. Well written and one of those books like a car crash when you cannot look away. I breezed through this book wanting to know what would happen next,

A solid 4 star thriller, I did enjoy this one. At times it was a little uncomfortable to read, unsettling and stomach twisting. All good ingredients to a great thriller. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for the ARC, as always this does not sway or change my feelings on a book. Highly recommend this one!!
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Eighteen years ago she was Annabelle King, in the present day she is Ava Knight, a crown advocate (prosecutor) for the CPS. At the last minute she is asked to prosecute the case of 15-year-old Lily who is charged with a stabbing incident with the victim proving to be Michael Osborne, Ava’s enemy. This was a great book with enough tension, twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat. I was sorry when  I finished this amazing story. This was a riveting read – the plot was original, the pace was ideal, the number of twists was just right and the ending was shocking. I would definitely recommended this for anyone who loves a really well-written thriller.
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This is a twisty tale of deceit, lies, secrets and revenge and it was completely gripping and scarily very topical. I loved the writing style and thought the different points of view and timelines worked well keeping the story moving at a fast pace. 
I flew through the book I just didn’t want to put it down and as the tension increased  so did my page turning as I so much waned to know how it would all pan out.
I had thought that the book was just going to be a legal thriller but it’s a whole lot more than that and send a very powerful and positive message, hats off to Lia Middleton for taking on a disturbing subject and dealing with in an excellent way.
So great story, super writing and lots of tension what more could you want …I loved it !
My thanks to NetGalley and Michael Joseph, Penguin, Random House for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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This has been on my shelf for a little while and I was pleased I pulled it out on this hot day and demolished it in one sitting.
For the most part it was absolutely nail biting, and the only reason it lost a star was the fast pace it changed between past present and the 3 main POV’s made it a bit harder to follow at times.
The plot - although not original as such, was told in such a way it felt original and new!
I really enjoyed it and it had all the things I love in a domestic thriller! Xxxxx
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Absolutely brilliant!  I loved this book from the word go and read it in one day.  I just couldn’t put it down.  On two occasions it actually took my breath away – at 50% and then 75%.  What an incredible author and what an amazing story.  This was a riveting read – the plot was unique, the pace was perfect, the number of twists was just right, the court scenes were authentic, and the ending was shocking.  Heartily recommended for anyone who loves a believable (mostly!) and really well-written thriller.  One of this year’s best.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel in return for an honest review.
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Drew me in from the blurb and I was not disappointed. 

Ava is now a lawyer and finds herself coming up against the one man she never wanted to see again. 

This has some really difficult themes which Middleton deals with sensitively and with an aim of justice. I really liked Ava’s character and the insight we get in to her life throughout. She is a formidable main character. 

Utterly unputdownable.
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This book was all about secrets and lies  from the past and present a page Turner that has you hooked from the start. Ava Knight is a prosecutor that plays by all the rules until a case falls into her hands and she is drawn back to her past . Can she find the truth so that another young life is not destroyed by the man that had raped her 20 years ago  An excellent read
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Lia has done it again! What a superb novel - very Anatomy of Scandal but potentially even better. Lia is fast becoming one of my favourite authors in this genre.
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Lily Hawthorne has been accused of stabbing a man - Michael Osborne - and the evidence against her is overwhelming. Ava Knight, a prosecutor, is roped into covering this supposedly open-and-shut case for her colleague - only to discover that the “victim” is the man who raped her 15 years ago. 
Can she get justice for Lily and revenge on Michael - without risking her career?
Having devoured and loved When They Find Her, Lia’s debut, I was very keen to get my hands on her second novel. It is just as brilliant - fast-paced, suspenseful, scarily believable. Surely destined to be one of this summer’s hits. 
For fans of Sarah Vaughan’s Anatomy of a Scandal and Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard.
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