Clear my name

Paula Daly

eBook - 2019

Paula Daly is widely acclaimed for her masterful plotting and thrilling page-turners. Now she delivers Clear My Name, a page-turning new thriller about an investigator, who in order to free her client, must confront secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide. When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband's lover, she denied it. She denied it again when they found her blood inside his house, again when they put her in front of a jury, and again when they sent her to prison. Now... she's three years into her fifteen-year sentence, gradually losing hope and separated from her pregnant daughter, but she is still maintaining her innocence. Tess is the only paid employee of Innocence UK, a charity that helps clear people wrongfully convicted of crimes, and which accepts Carrie's case. But can she trust Carrie? Tess is no starry-eyed recent grad-her assumption is that "they're all lying." Meanwhile, Tess is also paired with Avril, a naïve young investigator-in-training, with the hope that by mentoring her, she can eventually double the group's investigative workload. But Tess unexpectedly bolts when she's tipped off to a witness that could possibly prove Carrie didn't commit the crime. While Tess and Avril work the case, re-interviewing witnesses and testing assumptions made at the time of the arrest, the tension ratchets up in both the case and Tess's personal life. An innovative spin on the crime novel full of wicked twists readers won't see coming, Paula Daly's Clear My Name raises the stakes in a grave miscarriage of justice and proves that even in a cold case, things still run hot.

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Mystery fiction
Suspense fiction
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Published
[United States] : Grove/Atlantic, Inc 2019.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 online resource
Format
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
ISBN
9780802147844
0802147844
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AVAILABLE FOR USE ONLY BY IOWA CITY AND RESIDENTS OF THE CONTRACTING GOVERNMENTS OF JOHNSON COUNTY, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, HILLS, AND LONE TREE (IA).
Main Author
Paula Daly (author)
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Review by Booklist Reviews

A sixth winner for Daly (after Open Your Eyes, 2018) with a timely theme, the incarceration of the wrongly convicted, at its core. Tess is an investigator for Innocence UK, a charity that reexamines cases where doubts remain, and her new client, Carrie, still holds to her innocence three years into her 15-year sentence for the brutal murder of her husband's lover. A seasoned pro, Tess creates an even playing ground by assuming that "they're all lying," a message she passes on to a somewhat naive young woman named Avril whom she has been mentoring and whose presence she hopes will help increase the charity's caseload. Well, they are all lying, and the lies are revealed at an even pace, carrying the narrative forward to a suspenseful and surprising climax that readers will realize too late that they should have seen coming. Tess herself must confront secrets she has struggled desperately to hide in order to effect Carrie's release. Fans of domestic thrillers will find the revelations about families and the lengths that mothers and daughters will go to protect one another both disturbing and touching. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

A sixth winner for Daly (after Open Your Eyes, 2018) with a timely theme, the incarceration of the wrongly convicted, at its core. Tess is an investigator for Innocence UK, a charity that reexamines cases where doubts remain, and her new client, Carrie, still holds to her innocence three years into her 15-year sentence for the brutal murder of her husband's lover. A seasoned pro, Tess creates an even playing ground by assuming that "they're all lying," a message she passes on to a somewhat naive young woman named Avril whom she has been mentoring and whose presence she hopes will help increase the charity's caseload. Well, they are all lying, and the lies are revealed at an even pace, carrying the narrative forward to a suspenseful and surprising climax that readers will realize too late that they should have seen coming. Tess herself must confront secrets she has struggled desperately to hide in order to effect Carrie's release. Fans of domestic thrillers will find the revelations about families and the lengths that mothers and daughters will go to protect one another both disturbing and touching. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

As the sole investigator for Innocence U.K., a British nonprofit fighting to free the wrongly convicted, Tess Gilroy, the heroine of this powerful thriller from Daly (Open Your Eyes), often feels her tasks are Sisyphean, but her latest assignment presents even greater challenges than usual. Tess must reexamine the evidence that sent middle-aged mother Carrie Kamara to prison for the stabbing murder four years earlier of her husband's mistress. For former probation officer Tess, the case literally hits too close to home. It forces her to return for the first time in decades to the faded northwestern coastal town of Morecambe, England, where the crime took place—and where Tess suffered childhood traumas from which she has been running ever since. As Tess searches for the break that could give Carrie back her life, the author skillfully explores the question of whether Tess can finally manage to do the same for herself. Daly's fans will welcome this gritty departure from her popular novels of domestic suspense. Agent: Jane Gregory, David Higham Assoc. (U.K.). (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband's lover, she denied it. She denied it again when they found her blood inside the victim's house, again when they put her in front of a jury, and again when they sent her to prison. Now three years into her fifteen-year sentence, gradually losing hope and separated from her pregnant daughter, she is still maintaining her innocence. Tess is the only employee of Innocence UK, a charity that helps clear the wrongfully convicted, and which accepts Carrie's case. But can she trust Carrie? Meanwhile, in order to find the truth, Tess must face her own past lies, all the while managing the naÃåve junior investigator assigned to be her shadow. An innovative spin on the crime novel full of wicked twists readers won't see coming, Paula Daly's Clear My Name raises the stakes in a grave miscarriage of justice and proves that even in a cold case, things still run hot"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Paula Daly is widely acclaimed for her masterful plotting and thrilling page-turners. Now she delivers Clear My Name, a page-turning new thriller about an investigator, who in order to free her client, must confront secrets she has struggled a lifetime to hide.When Carrie was accused of brutally murdering her husband’s lover, she denied it. She denied it again when they found her blood inside his house, again when they put her in front of a jury, and again when they sent her to prison. Now she’s three years into her fifteen-year sentence, gradually losing hope and separated from her pregnant daughter, but she is still maintaining her innocence. Tess is the only paid employee of Innocence UK, a charity that helps clear people wrongfully convicted of crimes, and which accepts Carrie’s case. But can she trust Carrie? Tess is no starry-eyed recent grad—her assumption is that “they’re all lying.” Meanwhile, Tess is also paired with Avril, a naïve young investigator-in-training, with the hope that by mentoring her, she can eventually double the group’s investigative workload. But Tess unexpectedly bolts when she’s tipped off to a witness that could possibly prove Carrie didn’t commit the crime. While Tess and Avril work the case, re-interviewing witnesses and testing assumptions made at the time of the arrest, the tension ratchets up in both the case and Tess’s personal life.An innovative spin on the crime novel full of wicked twists readers won't see coming, Paula Daly’s Clear My Name raises the stakes in a grave miscarriage of justice and proves that even in a cold case, things still run hot.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A rising star in domestic suspense broadens her canvas in a brilliant new thriller in which a woman convicted of murdering her husband’s lover waits to be exonerated by a female investigator battling her own dark past