House of Correction

Nicci French. Morrow, $16.99 trade paper (528p) ISBN 978-0-06-302135-8
Accused murderer Tabitha Hardy, the protagonist of this ambitious standalone from the pseudonymous French (the Frieda Klein series), starts with two strikes against her. First, the London copy editor impulsively fires her court-appointed counsel and demands to represent herself against the charge that within weeks of moving home to remote Okeham, England, she fatally stabbed neighbor Stuart Rees, her secondary school math teacher, who abused her when she was 15. Second, though Tabitha believes herself incapable of killing anybody, she can’t remember much of the fateful day. And so the stage is set for a suspenseful battle of wits and wills, as the vulnerable loner takes on the Crown Prosecutor and her own often self-defeating psychology. Though Tabitha’s depressive personality palls over the course of 500 pages, one can’t help rooting for her. French, the British husband-and-wife writing team of Nicci Gerrard and Sean French, seamlessly shifts from prison drama to procedural to legal thriller—and finally to an ingenious twist on the locked-room mystery. French continues to impress. Agent: Agent: Joy Harris, Joy Harris Literary. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/15/2020
Release date: 10/01/2020
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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