Aiden Connelly is a young, successful Chicago based lawyer who has grown tired of the rat race of city life so he decides to relocate his family to the small, Southern town of Avalon. Once there he settles into his new job and tackles his first case, that of fallen beauty queen, Brandy White who is accused of murdering her husband, local football hero, Brandon, in cold blood. As Aiden delves deeper into the case he soon realizes that things are not as they seem and that Avalon is far from the idyllic town that it appears to be. It is up to him to unravel the mystery surrounding Brandon’s death before it is too late…
*I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review*
I am not sure where to start with this review. While I liked the plot of First to Fall there are a lot of discrepancies I had a hard time overlooking.
In a town where key players are covering up the horrible indiscretions of there “favorite son” I was more angry with Isla, Aiden’s wife then I was with the Sheriff and Mr. White. She comes across as a horrible woman who is to self involved to understand that her husband is a lawyer and even though they moved to Avalon so he could spend more time with his family he is still investigating a murder case and will sometime have to work long hours. She spends so much time being jealous of Brandy that I didn’t find any redeeming qualities about her.
As far as the legal aspect it ranges from the little to the big. When I say little I mean Brandy not wearing regular dress clothes to her own trial. When I say big it starts with the priest not being subpoenaed for trial, to no doctors that treated her being subpoenaed. Also Brandy never took the stand for herself. Which without giving anything away in her case and with the pictures of her that could have been presented could have made a strong case for her. Then the appeals process in America takes years. Nothing moves quickly in appeals. In the book it takes about a week for appeals.
I can over look the little things like in America when you come home to eat at the end of the day it’s dinner and the Author says Tea. Some of the other things in the book however could have possibly used a little more research.
All in all it is not a bad story, there are good guys and bad guys, there is a twist you didn’t see coming, there is the small town feeling and the trepidation for new comers. Carys Jones does a good job of showing the feeling of a small town. Where people can walk to get where they need to come. How they all come together to support there local high school football team and of course everyone knows what everyone else is doing. The story itself has a good flow and you do feel yourself pulling for Brandy 100% of the way.