Review: The Victim by Eric Matheny

Posted January 6, 2016 by girlswit in Uncategorized / 0 Comments


In the spring of 2003 on a desolate stretch of Arizona highway, Anton Mackey’s life was changed forever. A reckless decision to get behind the wheel when he was in no condition to drive spawned a moment that threatened to destroy everything the 21 year-old had spent his life working toward. In an instant, Anton made a decision to save himself. A decision that claimed the lives of two people.

Eleven years later, Anton is a rising star in the Miami criminal defense community. He is married and has an infant daughter. He is earning a good living and steadily building a name for himself as an aggressive advocate for the accused. Anton shares an office with veteran defense attorney, Jack Savarese. A mentor of sorts, Anton strives to model his practice – and career – after Jack’s. A Miami criminal defense legend, Jack’s accomplishments in the courtroom are second to none. However, Jack remains burdened by the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia, a mentally-ill client from ten years earlier found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the death of a troubled teen.

When Daniella Avery, the beautiful wife of a man accused of a heinous act of domestic violence, comes into Anton’s office seeking his services, Anton thinks he’s landed a great case with a great fee. But when he succumbs to temptation, he realizes that Daniella is a figure from his past. 

Anton finds himself caught between the possibility of being exposed and the fact that his client – Daniella’s husband – may be an innocent pawn in the victim’s attempt to carry out her revenge against Anton. As Anton struggles to balance defending his client while concealing the secret he has sought to forget, he uncovers the truth behind what really happened on that highway eleven years earlier. The truth that may be connected to the conviction of Osvaldo Garcia.

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Lisa’s Review:  
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

Anton had it all. The white picket fence, beautiful wife, daughter, money, great career as a lawyer, and then his past caught up with him. Life as he knew it was never going to be the same. His choice years ago to leave the scene of a accident, hide the evidence relating to him being the driver, and flee, catches up to him. That choice is intermingled with many others and the impact it had is the basis for revenge now.

The book was rather slow moving in the beginning which made it difficult for me to keep my focus. I’d say around the 100 page mark it began to pick up and I then I couldn’t wait to get home to read some more. The author was very descriptive throughout the book, even with the little things, which bogged it down at times.

Overall, the plot was good. It was detailed and realistic. There’s a lot of different things happening, which at times, was a bit confusing. The portrayal of court hearings was realistic. There was depth to the characters but sometimes they were a little flat as there wasn’t a lot of true emotion depicted.

I’d recommend this book to those that like legal shows or hearty legal thrillers.

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