Review: Prima Facie by Suzie Miller

Title: Prima Facie

Author: Suzie Miller

Pages: 324 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

‘This is not life. This is law.’

Tessa Ensler is a brilliant barrister who’s forged her career in criminal defence through sheer determination. Since her days at Cambridge, she’s carefully disguised her working class roots in a male-dominated world where who you know is just as important as what you know. Driven by her belief in the right to a fair trial and a taste for victory, there’s nothing Tessa loves more than the thrill of getting her clients acquitted.

It seems like Tessa has it made when she is approached for a new job and nominated for the most prestigious award in her field. But when a date with a charismatic colleague goes horribly wrong, Tessa finds that the rules she’s always played by might not protect her, forcing her to question everything she’s ever believed in . . .

The Review

Prima Facie is a sucker punch of a novel.

I think we have all seen the adverts for the play starring the amazing Jodie Comer. Here is the novel for those who, like me, did not manage to get to see it and oh wow does it land.

The novel was a bit of a game of two halves. I found that I struggled with the first half but I think it was because I knew something big was about to happen and I was chomping at the bit to get there. Once I was fully there I was invested and I couldn’t put it down.

Prima Facie is a searing look at the shocking system of how we view victims of sexual assault and how archaic impressions leave a victim feeling like they are on trial and guilty of committing a crime that has been perpetrated on them. It was harrowing at times but mostly it is important!

I fully recommend this novel. Go buy a copy now.

Prima Facie by Suzie Miller is available now.

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