Hey everyone! I know it’s been a really long time – I’m sorry! I moved house, work 2 jobs and I had a long list of university exams and assignments to complete. However, I’m back with a review of You Don’t Know Me by Imran Mahmood, I book I received through NetGalley.
Title: You Don’t Know Me
Author: Imran Mahmood
Kindle: 387 pages
‘A daring concept executed to perfection’ – Lee Child
An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the Closing Speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer, and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes, the truth can be too difficult to explain, or believe. But he thinks that if he’s going down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth. There are eight pieces of evidence against him. As he talks through them one by one, his life is in our hands. We, the reader – member of the jury – must keep an open mind until we hear the end of his story. His defence raises many questions… but at the end of the speeches, only one matters: Did he do it?
I have had this book on my TBR for a long time, since I first heard about it. When I got myself sorted and back into NetGalley, I noticed it was available to me and snapped it up straight away. This was my first introduction to both this author and a book of this nature.
I really enjoyed the book. At times it did fall on some stereotypes, but I believe they were necessary to get the framework of the story.
I thought the format of the story was extremely interesting. We hear only the defendants view of the story, although we are made aware of the evidence and case against him. The entire story is his closing speech, however at no point was I fed up or bored. I was gripped the entire time.
I found the end a little frustrating, however, I did understand why the author did what they did.
Definitely a book worth reading, really opened my eyes and gave me a look at someone else’s walk of life.
Thanks everyone for sticking around whilst I’ve been away. I know this review is short, but I plan to get everything back on track now and have some exciting posts coming up. I also get a couple of book boxes in the post, so plan to start doing some unboxings too.