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False Witness by Karin Slaughter

About the Book-False Witness


Leigh Coulton has worked hard to build what looks like a normal life. She has a good job as a defence attorney, a daughter doing well in school, and even her divorce is relatively civilised – her life is just as unremarkable as she’d always hoped it would be.


But Leigh’s ordinary life masks a childhood which was far from average… a childhood tarnished by secrets, broken by betrayal, and finally torn apart by a devastating act of violence.


Then a case lands on her desk – defending a wealthy man accused of rape. It’s the highest profile case she’s ever been given – a case which could transform her career, if she wins. But when she meets the accused, she realises that it’s no coincidence that he’s chosen her as his attorney. She knows him. And he knows her. More to the point, he knows what happened twenty years ago, and why Leigh has spent two decades running.


If she can’t get him acquitted, she’ll lose much more than the case. The only person who can help her is her younger, estranged sister Calli, the last person Leigh would ever want to ask for help. But suddenly she has no choice…

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“If you want to measure the height of a mountain, the hardest part isn’t finding the peak, it’s figuring out where the bottom starts.”

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Our Review of False Witness

If you love a thriller that is going into so many levels deeper and psychologically stirring, then this is the book for you. When I started this book, I wasn’t expecting it to be much more than a woman getting caught up in a messed-up situation. To be honest I wasn’t even looking forward to being blown away and just thought that it would perhaps deal with a tricky case. The book in turn turned out to be so messed up and baffling on so many levels that I felt being tossed up inside a turbine. I am saying all this in the best positive way.

Don’t jump the wagon and take my words as claiming this book to be an extraordinary thriller. It is not that but it is more of a play on the human psyche and what one would do when faced with situations that would challenge their very own existence. So the book is a deep and pretty intense psychological drama that would come with a whole lot of trigger warnings and the warnings itself would need a different booklet. This book throws in every possible dark scenario you could imagine into this book.

This book deals with so much dark stuff that it may stay in your head for a while and I would say that you might want to prepare for a heavy ride. I loved the book even though it was pretty intense and can mess up your mind. But if I look at the plot, I think the book was able to capture the attention by throwing in a lot of curve balls. There were things that even I felt helpless wondering how the characters would survive or deal with it when all I was doing was listening to this book ( yes I had it on audiobook)

The book starts in a certain way and then moves suddenly to a darker alley and then from there it takes you to such darker places that it is like going to a dark cave despite all the warnings it has outside. I don’t know how to explain this book because to do is to give away so many spoilers from the book as things get tangled and tangled to a point where you see no hope and suddenly it throws something that takes you by surprise

I think the plus point of the book is the character strengths. The book does manage to keep them as real and raw as it can because you feel them tangible enough to either beat the hell out of them or give them a hug.


In conclusion, I would say that the book has probably all kinds of abuses portrayed in it so pick this book by going through all the trigger warnings. To me, though I would say that the book proved to be a really emotional roller coaster but worth reading because it has such deeper levels that it was horrifying and kind of surprising the way things unfolded in the book. I thought it was pretty intense yet a good one. But it does take you for an emotional spin and a haunting experience.

Squirrel Rating

Squirrel Rating- 4 Stars

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