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Official Review: The Trial of Connor Padget by Carl Roberts

Post by Cecilia_L » 03 Aug 2019, 11:00

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Trial of Connor Padget" by Carl Roberts.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Set against the backdrop of the Southern charm and politics of Louisiana, The Trial of Connor Padget by Carl Roberts is a legal suspense involving friendship, betrayal, kidnapping, murder, and courtroom drama. Jack Carney isn't a criminal attorney, but when his friend, Connor, is charged with murder, he is determined to represent him, despite the objections of his prestigious law firm and wife. Jack's involvement in the case triggers memories of his covert military missions in Japan, and the trial becomes a catalyst for changes that will affect his future regardless of the verdict.

Since Jack and the viewing public witness Connor shooting his son's kidnapper on the news, the reader is privy to the fact that he is guilty from the first page of this captivating plot. However, it's the story behind the motive that draws the reader in and keeps the suspense engaging.

Roberts cleverly employs a multilayered plot to aid in the development of complex and relatable characters. Throughout the book, Jack's memories of his flying missions and crewmates in Japan provide insight into his loyalty as a friend to Connor. He reminisces about simpler times with his wife, Adrienne, giving the reader clarity regarding his lack of enthusiasm about her latest project. Roberts' portrayal of the developing friendship between Jack and Connor's son, Scot, is endearing.

I particularly like the moral questions Roberts poses through Connor's crime and the friendship between the two men. How far would you go to protect your child? Would you take the law into your own hands if someone threatened your family? Would you jeopardize your job or marriage to help a friend? While it may be easy to rattle off the "right" answers to these questions, Roberts' intricate plot challenges readers to put themselves in Connor's place and ponder how they might react in similar circumstances.

There isn't anything I disliked about the book. However, I noted a few instances of dialogues that I found unrealistic. When Jack is speaking to Scot about his parents, he sometimes refers to them by their first names. For example, instead of saying, "Your dad may not be coming home again for a good while," Roberts writes, "Connor may not be coming home again for a good while," which comes across unnatural when speaking to an eleven-year-old boy.

Even so, the minor inconsistency didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. The editing is professional, and the instances of violence and sexual references are borderline and plot-related. However, there is some R-rated profanity. I'm pleased to rate this compelling legal suspense 4 out of 4 stars. The book will appeal to readers who enjoy legal thrillers and fans of John Grisham.

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Post by Michelle Fred » 11 Aug 2019, 08:46

I believe it's a parent's responsibility to protect their child(ren), and no good parent would standby and watch their child get hurt. That said, I'm rooting for Connor.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Aug 2019, 10:19

Michelle Fred wrote:
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I believe it's a parent's responsibility to protect their child(ren), and no good parent would standby and watch their child get hurt. That said, I'm rooting for Connor.
I agree, and I think most parents will really connect with Connor. Thanks for commenting.

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Post by Tomah » 11 Aug 2019, 12:34

I still haven't read any of John Grisham's novels yet, but I'm intrigued by the genre. This book seems to really force the reader to pause and think about some serious questions, which I always find interesting. Thanks for the review!

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Post by Cecilia_L » 11 Aug 2019, 14:09

Tomah wrote:
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I still haven't read any of John Grisham's novels yet, but I'm intrigued by the genre. This book seems to really force the reader to pause and think about some serious questions, which I always find interesting. Thanks for the review!
Thank you, Tomah.

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Post by essyallan7475 » 11 Aug 2019, 19:30

A book a would love to read. The plot is veru captivating and intriguing. I loved the flashbck of war

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Post by OuKoyoo » 12 Aug 2019, 05:36

From the review, I must say that this is a book worth reading. Thank you so much for the amazing review.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Aug 2019, 05:56

essyallan7475 wrote:
11 Aug 2019, 19:30
A book a would love to read. The plot is veru captivating and intriguing. I loved the flashbck of war
Thank you.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 12 Aug 2019, 05:57

OuKoyoo wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 05:36
From the review, I must say that this is a book worth reading. Thank you so much for the amazing review.
Thanks for your comment.

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Post by Meg98 » 12 Aug 2019, 17:32

Your review has intrigued me! I really like the plot you have described. Thanks for this great review!
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In a world where true friendship is hard to find, it is refreshing to read a book that tells if one. Nice review.

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Post by kdstrack » 13 Aug 2019, 11:47

The author piques the readers' interest by presenting some profound questions. I would be interested to see how he dealt with these issues in the book. Compelling review, Cecilia! Thanks.

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Post by Bhaskins » 13 Aug 2019, 12:34

Thanks for such a good review. Adding it to my “to read” shelf now!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Aug 2019, 14:21

Meg98 wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 17:32
Your review has intrigued me! I really like the plot you have described. Thanks for this great review!
Thank you, Meg.

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Post by Cecilia_L » 13 Aug 2019, 14:22

Gathoni1991 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 06:06
In a world where true friendship is hard to find, it is refreshing to read a book that tells if one. Nice review.
Thank you. :tiphat:

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