She never said no… she never said yes.
When the lines of consent are blurred how do you ever know who is telling the truth?
Was it a night of drunken passion or a night of terror?
Molly Smith doesn’t know.
Jacob Walker-Kent did not attack her. He did not lure her down a dark alleyway. He did not beat her up.
She did not scream. She did not fight him off.
He walked her home. He was her friend. Or was he?
When the courts fail to protect us sometimes there is so much more at risk…
A compelling courtroom drama with a shocking twist, a harrowing outcome, that tackles an area of the law where justice sometimes seems impossible.
Whilst this is done sensitively, Lizzie Greenaway does not hold back as to how it effects those involved after the fact. I found it to be a very honest account and I got quite emotional throughout.
I did find it rather interesting that the author chose Molly’s lawyer to be a male and Jacob’s female. This isn’t always the case I have found when reading similar stories, so it was interesting for me to read the respective lawyer’s point of view of the situation.
I really liked how the book was structured with the majority of each chapter being broken up and containing the points of view from its four characters, which gave great insight into each of their thoughts.
It was also interesting to have the lawyers at the fore front with the reader becoming privy to their own personal daily life struggles, giving them more of a presence than just from their role for the accuser and accused.
As an author it must be really challenging to choose which way to go with a story particularly when dealing with a topic as complex as this one. I couldn’t help but imagine the story going a few different ways and I can’t help but wonder if this was a deliberate ploy by the author. A side effect of this was that I felt that the story did lose a bit of its pace after the court outcome.
Consent is a powerful and compelling tale that will get under your skin and have you still thinking about it long after you turn that final page. It has been masterfully written and executed perfectly. I think Lizzie Greenaway has a bright future ahead of her and I look forward to following her writing journey.
Thank you to Lizzie Greenaway and Bloodhound Books for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Consent which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.