The Third Victim Book Review

The Third Victim Book Review

Title: The Third Victim
Author: Phillip Margolin
Published: March 6, 2018, Minotaur Books
No. of Pages: 320
Cover Price: $26.99 Hardcover, $13.99 Kindle

Fans of Phillip Margolin’s bestselling thrillers will be excited to pick up The Third Victim, where he introduces characters that will most likely (hopefully) become ongoing in subsequent novels. Robin Lockwood, a young, inexperienced lawyer, has just been hired by Regina Barrister, a well-known Lawyer with the reputation of being tough, and a nickname, The Sorceress. Barrister has agreed to represent Alex Mason, an attorney with questionable ethics, who has been accused of two murders and an attempted murder where the victim escaped. He, of course, claims innocence, but the overwhelming evidence says otherwise. Since Barrister has some new, possibly catastrophic personal issues that she is not willing to disclose, much of the burden of getting Mason off may fall upon Lockwood and another associate at the firm. The dilemma is whether or not to fight to get him off when he is probably guilty.

Margolin is at the top of his game in this novel. The characters are well-developed and believable. The plot has dozens of ups and downs, and readers will be kept on the edge of their seats throughout. It’s a novel that’s difficult to put down, and has enough unexpected scenarios, that even the most seasoned and skeptical thriller aficionados will welcome the building suspense and uncertainty of which characters are actually guilty and what isn’t obvious.

Many things are not as they seem in this novel, and readers will have trouble if they are trying to guess what will ultimately happen in the end. The Third Victim is an excellent novel and is highly recommended for readers who love thrillers.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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