Barnes and Noble Synopsis: Noa P. Singleton never spoke a word in her own defense throughout a brief trial that ended with a jury finding her guilty of first-degree murder. Ten years later, having accepted her fate, she sits on death row in a maximum-security penitentiary, just six months away from her execution date. Seemingly out of the blue, she is visited by Marlene Dixon, a high-powered Philadelphia attorney who is also the mother of the woman Noa was imprisoned for killing. Marlene tells Noa that she has changed her mind about the death penalty and Noa’s sentence, and will do everything in her considerable power to convince the governor to commute the sentence to life in prison, in return for the one thing Noa is unwilling to trade: her story. Marlene desperately wants Noa to reveal the events that led to her daughter’s death – events that Noa has never shared with a soul. With death looming, Marlene believes that Noa may finally give her the answers she needs, though Noa is far from convinced that Marlene deserves the salvation she alone can deliver. Inextricably linked by murder but with very different goals, Noa and Marlene wrestle with the sentences life itself can impose while they confront the best and worst of what makes us human in this haunting tale of love, anguish, and deception.
My Thoughts: The first 90% of this book was fantastic. There were twists and turns and mysteriousness that kept me turning pages because I had to know what happened. Then when I found out what happened, I was annoyed because it was ridiculous. A description I read claimed this book was a cross between Before I Go to Sleep and Defending Jacob. I definitely see the similarities to Defending Jacob, so if you enjoyed that book, you'll enjoy this one too. But I don't get the comparison to Before I Go to Sleep other than you don't know who you can trust in this story. I'd still recommend it if you enjoy legal thrillers because this was definitely one, and I did not see the ending coming at all. Absolutely worth the read.