I Have Something To tell You
Standalone or series
First time reading this author?
Why I picked this
I’ve seen Susan Lewis books before, but never picked one up. As the blurb for this talked about a crime/legal plot I thought it would be a good one of hers to try to see if I enjoyed the style of writing.
Review copy or purchase
I was given access to read this book for free through online book club The Pigeonhole. This is an honest and voluntary review.
What it’s about
Jay is a successful lawyer. She takes on new client Edward Blake, suspected of murdering his wife, and then Jay’s husband says he has something he needs to tell her.
The positives – I enjoyed the professional relationship between the main character – criminal solicitor Jay – and the lead detective Ken Bright. It was respectful, they shared information, but took their different roles seriously. I mean it didn’t create any sense of drama and seemed a bit too removed from reality, but it’s nice to see a story where there’s mutual ungrudging respect between the person investigating a murder and the person defending the main suspect.
Unfortunately, that’s the only positive I can find. Mostly I was getting frustrated about Jay’s relationship with her husband which was essentially lots of putting off have a discussion after he said ‘I have something to tell you’. That’s never a good conversation starter for a relationship, but when he says that he’s saying it’s a conversation that needs to happen at a time in the future, a time that keeps getting put off to go for dinners or drinks with friends instead.
It’s hard to express my frustrations with the story without spoiling the plot. Suffice it to say, if you prefer books where you’re not yelling at the main character for repeatedly either not actually taking action or for making stupid decisions then avoid this.
The plot drags – if Jay acted like she had some more agency in her life it could have lost all of the delaying tactics to drag out the personal drama and been about a third shorter.
While the plot involves a murder and a subplot of some investigation, it’s not a book for crime fans. It’s really a relationship drama using crime as a backdrop to talk about monogamy, trust and betrayal. But, for me it didn’t even do that well.