Forcing Amaryllis Review
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Seven years ago, Calla Gentry’s younger sister, Amaryllis, was the victim of a brutal assault—and though she was left for dead, she somehow managed to survive. A few weeks later, however, Amy attempted suicide, unable to cope with the physical and emotional scars that she knew would never heal. Since then, Amy has been in a coma, under the care of a team of nurses—and her big sister.

For the last seven years, Calla, too, been nearly comatose—going through the motions, living her life in fear and quiet anger. She works as a trial consultant, researching cases and selecting juries—for civil cases only. But when her boss is too busy to take on a high-profile case, Calla is forced to once again face her sister’s attack.

The defendant is Ray Cates, a handsome, wealthy man who’s accused of a brutal rape and murder—and the similarities to Amy’s attack are too numerous to ignore. So while Calla’s job requires her to help Cates’ legal team win their case, she begins an investigation of her own, determined to find answers to the questions she’s been asking for seven years.

Forcing Amaryllis holds nothing back. While Ms. Ure provides the gruesome details of violent crimes, she also portrays the raw, all-consuming emotion of those whose lives are changed forever by those horrifying crimes. The often-graphic nature of the book may be disturbing for some readers, but it makes it the story all the more convincing—and moving. And though the main character’s apprehension and naiveté often feel contradictory, they add to the story’s never-ending suspense.

Forcing Amaryllis is a skillfully-written debut novel that combines action and suspense with carefully-analyzed courtroom drama—resulting in a compelling read that’s sure to draw you in and leave you questioning your own sense of trust.

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