I Have Something to Tell You, by Susan Lewis
Publication: Harper Collins: October 26, 2021
High-flying lawyer Jessica Wells has it all. A successful career, loving husband Tom and a family she adores. But one case – and one client – will put all that at risk.
Edward Blake. An ordinary life turned upside down – or a man who quietly watched television while his wife was murdered upstairs? With more questions than answers and a case too knotted to unravel, Jessica suspects he’s protecting someone…
Then she comes home one day and her husband utters the words no one ever wants to hear. Sit down… because I’ve got something to tell you…
Now Jessica must fight not only for the man she defends, but for the man she thought she trusted with her life – her husband.
Let me start by saying don’t be misled by the blurb because it’s misleading. This was a great novel about lawyer Jay and her barrister husband Tom. Jay is called to represent a man, Edward Blake after he is arrested for murdering his wife. Everything is very unclear and honestly, it seems to be a hasty arrest, but Edward is arrested for tying his wife to a bed and smothering her. All the while, Jay is still trying to recover from her husband Tom’s indiscretions a few years prior, and just as she thinks she may have a grasp on it, he has something to tell her. I won’t mislead you like the blurb, his “something” has nothing to do with Edward Blake’s case, so don’t go into this thinking something that’s not accurate. And FYI, this isn’t a spoiler, it’s irrelevant.
I won’t lie, this seemed like the longest book ever. Honestly, that seems the norm lately. But seriously, whereas I usually finish a book in 2-3 hours, this took at least 5. Jay is representing Edward and with help from her investigative team, she is trying to discover other suspects and cause for releasing her client. Meanwhile, her home life is completely falling apart. Not only has she been deceived multiple times, it seems that all of her friends are mutual friends of her and her husband so they want things to work themselves out. At times, I found myself frustrated with Jay’s complacency, but after I thought about it, I realized that she had no singular friends that were not also friends with her husband.
This one had all kinds of twists and turns and then at about 82% things seemed to be resolved, however, I knew some kind of twist was coming. I will say that I knew what the twist was, however, I wasn’t sure how it would be presented. And then….. The ending came…. Susan Lewis is a new to me author but I have decided that she must have a dark and twisted side in order to be able to finish a book like that.
What the hell happened???
I Have Something to Tell You had me hooked from page 1. I felt that it dragged out a bit too much and the ending absolutely infuriated me, but overall, this was a great read. Despite my anger at the ending, I give this a sturdy 4 stars!
*Thanks To NetGalley and Harper Collins for providing this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.