Making it as a lawyer has always been a cutthroat business.
A killer is targeting former students of The Bloomsbury Academy of Law. The victims – all female – are gruesomely butchered according to a pattern corresponding with the legal syllabus. Even more disconcerting are riddles sent by the killer to investigating officer, Chief Inspector Jake Carver, offering clues as to who is next and where they will die.
Up-and-coming lawyer Madeline Kramer, a former classmate of a number of the slain, soon finds her life turned upside down by the savagery. And when she decides to help Carver track down the killer, she places herself in mortal danger. Can Maddy and Carver unscramble the complex riddles and save the lives of those destined to die?
If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors. A. A. Chaudhuri is most definitely a new author to me and judging by how much I enjoyed reading ‘The Scribe’ I will certainly be keeping an eye out for her future books. ‘The Scribe’ is a strong debut novel and I loved it but more about that in a bit.
One of the leading characters is called Madeline Kramer. She is feisty, determined, hard working and compassionate. The loss of one of her former classmates hits her hard and she resolves to do what she can to help the killer track down the killer. In a sense Madeline puts her head above the parapet and makes herself a target. I did wonder if perhaps she was making herself a target on purpose to draw the killer out. Madeline does form a partnership with Chief Inspector Jake Carver. There’s a spark there and they do work well together.
It took me a little while to get into this book but that has more to do with the fact that I was tired and cannot be taken as a reflection on the book itself. Once I got into the book, that was it and away I went. After that, I soon immersed myself into the story and my desperation to find out who the murderer was and their motivation was, ensured that I kept turning those pages. The further into the book I got, the more desperate I became to find out who the murderer was and the quicker the pages seemed to be turning. I seemed to race through the latter half of the book.
‘The Scribe’ is well written with a tense storyline and great characters. The author certainly knows how to draw you into the story and make you feel as though you are part of the story yourself. That’s how I felt at any rate. She certainly knows how to create a tense and dramatic atmosphere and there were times when I felt so tense that my heart was thudding and I even held my breath in anticipation of what awaited me over the page. If I had one teensy little comment to make about the way the book is written, it’s that for me it is a bit too wordy. That’s just my opinion though and others might feel differently.
Ms. Chaudhuri is a former lawyer herself and she has used her knowledge and experiences during the writing of this book, which helps to make the story seem that bit more authentic.
In short and overall, I did enjoy reading ‘The Scribe’. I will most certainly be seeking out Ms. Chaudhuri’s other books out as soon as I can. I would recommend this book to other readers but particularly to those readers who like a tense and dramatic legal thriller. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a well deserved 4* out of 5*.