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Review: A Very Simple Crime

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Review: A Very Simple Crime

A Very Simple Crime by Grant Jerkins

Reviewed by: Julia Dixon

Genre: Crime (secular book review)

Publisher: Berkley

Publication Date: November 2010

A Very Simple Crime follows Adam Lee through a thrilling ride. As he stands trial for the murder of his wife, he recalls both his childhood and his marital life.

Adam finds himself immediately attracted to Rachel and is protective of her fractured mental state of mind. Rachel is disturbed and cannot handle even the most basics of daily life. Rachel and Adam conceive a child who is developmentally delayed to the point of institutionalization. Albert grows in height and weight, but not in developmental years. Following a physical altercation, Albert is hospitalized.

Adam relates his dark childhood to the reader in vivid details. His brother, Monty, is the only ray of light in his life. Adam desires his brother’s love, keeps his secrets, and strives to be more like him as they mature.

While Adam is away for a weekend, Rachel is found dead in their home. In what seems like an open and shut case, the couple’s son, Albert, is the obvious perpetrator.

Leo Hewitt works for the police department and has been trying to crawl his way back up the legal ladder ever since a very public fall from grace. Leo spots abnormalities in the case of Rachel’s murder and immediately begins putting together a different scenario.

In the end, Leo wants justice to be served and he’s willing to risk everything to reach his goal.

I have to say that this book was a surprise to me. The story line is filled with twists and turns and I still cannot decide if this is a legal thriller or a psychological one!

Rated R – for language, mature themes as well as an all around disturbing plot. I would definitely keep this one out of the reach of children.


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