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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
The Thorn of Truth: What is truth? by S. L. Russell is a legal thriller. For twenty years, Anna Milburn has been a barrister, and she’s about to face her toughest case yet. A young police officer has been murdered, and a local car and boat importer, David Leaman, is in the frame. Still, this case will shake everything Anna knows to the core and threaten her child, 18-year-old Millie. Asked to defend Leaman, Anna believes that everyone should be allowed a defense. But this is more than just another case for Anna. It’s personal. Her daughter and Leaman’s daughter are friends. Anna believes Leaman is heavily involved in the rise of a major drugs problem that left Anna’s nephew brain-damaged. Anna has some tough decisions to make, and she must protect her family at all costs. A chance meeting revitalizes her faith, the faith she abandoned a long time ago, and sets her on the right path.
The Thorn of Truth by S. L. Russell is part of a series but can be read as a standalone story. A legal thriller, this will leave you breathless as you put yourself in Anna’s shoes, follow in her footsteps as she makes some of the most challenging decisions, not just of her career but of her whole life. The main characters are real people, relatable and likable, with real problems and flaws. These are people you get to know throughout the story in a well-thought-out, tightly woven plot. With plenty going on, each chapter draws you neatly into the next one, offering plenty of suspense and several twists that leave you wondering what’s coming next. It is a thrilling tale, one of the best legal thrillers I have read in a long time, and well worth the few hours it takes to read.