Fifteen years ago, in a mansion on Long Island, fourteen-and ten-year-olds Sara and Davey "Soldier Boy" Goldstein discover their parents shot to death. Murder? Suicide? Was that Uncle Charlie running from the scene? The children refuse to speak to the police and the crime is never solved. Flash forward to the present and Sara - now an adult and the heiress to a very large fortune - is accused of killing Uncle Charlie. Soldier Boy has disappeared. New attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he bargained for? Is Sara innocent or is she really a murderer? Forbidden Room, a murder mystery, begins in the courtroom on the last day of Sara's murder trial. The foreperson reads from the verdict form. "In The People of New York vs. Sara Goldstein, the defendant is found...." Sara awakens in a hospital room where she was taken after fainting. Michael is by her side. Court is in recess until the following day. The verdict has not yet been announced. Told from the points of view of both Sara and Michael, Forbidden Room unfolds in complicated layers until the verdict is pronounced and Uncle Charlie's murderer is revealed.
A 3.5 stars really from me.
A story of three unexplained deaths occurring in a wealthy family. With plenty of twists and turns this story will leave you wanting to carry on reading longer than you should in order to find out the outcome.
At times the writing can be a little confusing and stilted in the way it swaps and changes between the perspective of Sara the daughter of the wealthy couple who die first and Micheal her Attorney. As the transition between perspectives isn't always easy to realise who is doing the explaining.
Saying that though I did enjoy the story and found the relationship that developed between Sara and Michael to be a little contrived and predictable to be honest and not entirely professional. I almost knew all the way through that he was heading for a fall in some ways.
This was a freebie kindle read and I will read further work by this Author.
About the Author from Amazon
Joanne Lewis makes her living as an attorney and follows her dreams as a writer. She is the author of an award-winning novel called "Wicked Good", which she co-wrote with her sister. She is also the author of "Make Your Own Luck, a Remy Summer Woods Mystery" and "The Lantern, a Renaissance Mystery", "Forbidden Room", as well as other novels and novellas.
"Make Your Own Luck" is the unforgettable and moving novel of a young attorney who refuses to believe that thirteen-year-old Bonita Pickney killed her father, Patrick Pickney. Remy risks her relationship with her own father as well as her life to prove Bonita's innocence. Along with learning what really happened the night Patrick was murdered, Remy discovers hard truths about her family and herself.
"The Lantern" is a historical novel about a modern-day woman's search to find a girl from 15th century Florence, Italy who dared to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi's dome. Across time and space, three lives collide as they battle abuse, disease, fear and prejudice in pursuit of their dreams. Along the way, they intersect with some of the most famous figures of the Renaissance including members of the Medici, Filippo Brunelleschi, Donatello and a young Michelangelo.
In "Forbidden Room", new attorney Michael Tucker has few clients, yearns to be like his famous grandmother and cannot afford to move out of his parents' home. Sara Goldstein is an heiress accused of killing her uncle. When Sara hires Michael, he gets the chance to defend an innocent person, a beautiful lover and notoriety like his grandmother. But is it more than he asked for? Is Sara innocent or is she really a murderer?
"Wicked Good" is a different kind of love story that begins in Bangor, Maine. Fifteen year old Rory is not defined by his diagnoses of Asperger's syndrome and Bipolar Disorder and lives life to the fullest. Archer, his adoptive mother, is Rory's biggest fan. Rory searches for his birth parents to find out why he is the way he is. He discovers his roots in Salem, Massachusetts where the Salem Witch Trials had occurred and in Gloucester, Massachusetts where fishermen went down with the Andrea Gail during The Perfect Storm. He also learns his true roots are closest to his home in Bangor. As Rory discovers truths about himself, Archer learns about herself too.
Please visit Joanne's website at www.joannelewiswrites.com. You can email Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.