For James Salisbury the only thing worse than being found guilty… is being found not guilty
When James Salisbury, the owner of a British car manufacturer, ploughs his `self-drive’ car into a young family, the consequences are deadly. Will the car’s `black box’ reveal what really happened or will the industry, poised to launch these products to an eager public, close ranks to cover things up? James himself faces a personal dilemma. If it is proved that he was driving the car he may go to prison. But if he is found innocent, and the autonomous car is to blame, the business he has spent most of his life building, and his dream of safer transport for all, may collapse. Lawyers Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once again, this time to defend a man who may not want to go free, in a case that asks difficult questions about the speed at which technology is taking over our lives.
If there’s one thing that I like doing, it’s discovering new authors. Abi Silver is certainly a new author to me. After having read ‘The Cinderella Plan’, I can guarantee that I will be reading more of her work. I really enjoyed reading ‘The Cinderella Plan’ but more about that in a bit.
‘The Cinderella Plan’ is a different sort of genre to the books that I usually read. I usually read anything from the crime, legal or chick lit genres. Normally, I don’t read science fiction type novels but they say that a change is as good as a rest and so I decided to take a step outside of my comfort zone and read something from a different genre. I am so glad that I did because otherwise I wouldn’t have realised just how great an author Abi Silver is.
For me, ‘The Cinderella Plan’ is really well written. Abi certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and she dangles enough bait in front of your nose to compel you, in the nicest possible way, to keep reading. She has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with. She uses such powerful and vivid descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself. In fact I found myself interacting with the book in the sense that certain parts of the story had me gasping out loud or closing my eyes so I couldn’t see what was about to happen next. I know that doesn’t make much sense to most people but it makes sense to me.
Reading ‘The Cinderella Plan’ did become addictive. Rather than read the book in one big binge read, I read the story over the course of a few days. I would pick the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but like a lot of good intentions, this one soon flew out of the window. The more of the story I read, the more I wanted to read, the more addicted to the book I did become and the faster the pages seemed to turn. The science fiction part of the book seemed scarily believable, especially when you consider the rate with which the technological advances are being made.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Cinderella Plan’ and I would recommend it to other readers. I can’t wait to read what Abi Silver comes up with next. Here’s hoping that I don’t have too long to wait, but whilst I wait I will definitely be reading Abi’s other books just as soon as I can. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 4* out of 5*.