When Talbot is faced with a controversial mercy killing case, her life becomes a great deal more complicated than she had planned. Coughlin presents the reader with different sides of this issue in the form of two cases that highlight the heart wrenching decisions that people are sometimes faced with, and the difficulty that being a judge on such a case presents.
While known as an ice queen, Kathleen Talbot swears she will never marry again. The death of her handsome yet philandering husband came well after the death of the love she felt for him, and she vowed never to marry again. Of course this vow is challenged as we get further into this book.
Coughlin is a good writer, and his knowledge of courtroom proceedings shines through in each of his books. My problem with this book is the introduction of way too many characters carrying way to many subplots. It was difficult keeping them straight, and I found myself constantly looking back to find where each character fit into the story. Ultimately, most of the pieces fit together, and I saw what Coughlin had in mind, but frankly, it just felt like work at times.
That being said, the story is a good one that will definitely get you thinking. Mercy killing, or euthanasia, is not an easy topic, and this author handles it well. I am glad I read this book and recommend it to those who like a little thought with their thrillers.
Publisher - Endeavour Press
Date of Publication - November 7, 2016