About the book
Janet Moodie has spent years as a death row appeals attorney. Overworked and recently widowed, she’s had her fill of hopeless cases, and is determined that this will be her last. Her client is Marion ‘Andy’ Hardy, convicted along with his brother Emory of the rape and murder of two women. The brothers were tried separately, and Emory received a life sentence, while Andy got the death penalty, labeled the ringleader despite his low IQ and Emory’s dominant personality.
Convinced that Andy’s previous lawyers have missed mitigating evidence that would have spared him the death penalty, Janet investigates Andy’s past, revealing a sordid and damaging upbringing, a series of errors on the part of his previous council, and most worrying of all, the possibility that there is far more to the Hardy family than was first thought. Andy may be guilty, but of what?
I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Two Lost Boys and would like to thank Titan Books for giving me the chance to read and review this book.
Published by Titan Books, 16th May 2017 and available to purchase at amazon.co.uk
Two Lost Boys was a completely different book for me, I don’t think I’ve actually ever read a book like this before. I read a lot of crime books, which I love but Two Lost Boys isn’t about the crime as it happens, as the crime actually happened 15 years earlier. It’s more about the legal side of a man sitting on death row, he’s been convicted of the crime but it’s time for appeal and that’s where this makes the book different, we’re not trying to catch a killer but trying to find out if he deserves to die.
Two Lost Boys see’s Janet Moodie, a widow and a death row appeals attorney take on the case of Andy Hardy, she vows this will be her last case and what a case it turns out to be. Nothing is as it seems and Janet has a long way to go before the case will come to an end.
The detail and description throughout the book was brilliant, maybe sometimes a little confusing for my little brain but I know nothing about the law and to start with I thought that as Janet investigated every little detail from the very beginning of Andy’s life, it was a waste of time but I was amazed at how much could be learned from those tiny details.
This isn’t a fast paced book, and it’s a long case but from the beginning I was intrigued and as the story goes along it pulls you in. Full of surprises and characters that are well-developed, Two Lost Boys was an enjoyable, slightly uncomfortable read, I say uncomfortable as in the subject matter obviously isn’t nice but it’s written in a way that really has you thinking about the story and what the outcome will be.
I will admit that the ending wasn’t what I was expecting at all, I wont go into detail as I don’t want to give anything away at all. Some may love it and same may not. I’m still in two minds about it.
All in all this was a thoroughly good read and I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.