Pub: British Library Publishing
A woman is on trial for her life, accused of murder. The twelve members of the jury each carry their own secret burden of guilt and prejudice which could affect the outcome. In this extraordinary crime novel, we follow the trial through the eyes of the jurors as they hear the evidence and try to reach a unanimous verdict. Will they find the defendant guilty, or not guilty? And will the jurors’ decision be the correct one?
This has to be one of the most interesting books EVER…
Written in 1940, the story covers the life history of each jury member, the case and the accused and then the finale.
What is most interesting is the jury, they each have their own secrets, some of which are indeed criminal, and how their thoughts and lifestyles influence their opinion on Rosalie Van Beer, her actions, her beliefs and their eventual verdict.
Rosalie is not the most caring of women, in fact she is downright cruel to her small charge Philip. And is Philip just as bad ?????
Each small detail of this case is played out beautifully and leaving nothing out Postgate has written quite a brutal and shocking novel.
My favourite line has to be, ‘ In the end he decided to do what any normal man does in a crisis – ask a woman,’ this I found quite funny, especially as this book was written in a time when men ‘had the upper hand’ and women basically ‘did as they were told’, how perfectly ahead of his time Postgate seems to be.
I loved this book and it would be perfect for a book club read, just because of the difference of opinion and outlook this book would bring. It would certainly be a conversational piece and one I imagine hotly debated among a group.
I now want the others in the series.