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A bitter truth

I've had my eye on Nicci French for a long time, but I've never read anything from either of them. I don't really know why. But now I've finally been able to read something from them. Thanks again to C. Bertelsmann Verlag for the review copy! However, this does not in any way affect my opinion of the book! The book is declared a thriller. But I don't think so. It turns into a judicial thriller about halfway through. In addition, a lot is more like drama. Was it she? Who can you believe? Why doesn't she remember? Why is everyone against Tabitha? No question about it, it's exciting, but I don't think thriller is 100% the right name. At the beginning of this book Tabitha is already in prison and accordingly the atmosphere is very oppressive and restrictive. While reading, I felt like I was in a prison myself. Only "everyday" situations in a prison were described here. There was seldom or no mention of how tight the cells are, you can just tell. That, of course, gave this book an appeal to read widely. In addition, the chapters are very short, which led me to still read “a chapter”. Of course, it was never just one. I had a bit of a conflict with Tabitha. On the one hand, I find her very personable and I could understand her, especially when it came to her psychological situation. She was a strong protagonist and I really enjoyed reading that. She doesn't give up, somehow struggles through it, doesn't mince her words despite her predicament. However, she also got on my nerves a lot. I shook my head and wondered what she was doing and why she was doing it. The motives were often not clear to me. Some of her actions have dire consequences, but she does it without thinking about it. At first it felt like she was rejecting and blocking everything. She doesn't let anyone go, doesn't want to talk to anyone, she doesn't mention important things. Tabitha did not “work” with anyone, although that would have been very important to her case. From then on I found it strange, confused and completely confused. Even so, to a certain extent I was able to understand and empathize with her. I liked her. I can say very little about the other characters. On the one hand there are a lot of "minor characters", so that I quickly got confused about which person is which. That didn't bother me, however, because the people were all so peculiar, I then recognized everyone by their quirks, their way of speaking or other things. But they all remained rather pale. Of course, I learned certain things that were relevant, but they remained rather pale, even if what I learned actually shook up. The person didn’t mind anything except what they’re saying and their quirks. But I didn't think that was a bad thing, because after all, it's mainly about Tabitha. The other characters were more in the background. As mentioned above, the chapters were really short. Of course, that had the effect that I kept reading, because there are only three pages. The writing style was fluent, easy to read and understand. That just made me fly through the pages. The plot is something rather unusual. Most of the time you do not accompany anyone in prison and then even less often someone who has to prove his innocence from this. At least I've seen and read very little in that direction. However, this book is not lacking in tension. On the one hand because the chapters were so short and on the other hand because the topic is interesting. She is said to have committed a murder, that day she had no memories and now she is in jail and has to manage to prove that she is innocent. In the book itself there are always small situations and topics that create tension. So it never gets boring or tough. Nothing drags. Of course, the book was made even more exciting by the fact that all information came from third parties. Because Tabitha doesn't remember anything. So she can only reconstruct the truth with the help of others. I didn't know if that could be trusted now. I would never have thought of the end in my life either, but in retrospect it seems so logical.