The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly
Another excellent book written by the talented, Michael Connelly! Connelly truly knows how to write a book with suspense as well as that moment at the end where everything comes together!
In The Fifth Witness, we follow Michael Haller as he takes on foreclosure cases and is suddenly contacted by a client, named Lisa Trammel, who has been accused of murdering a businessman. This book shows how defense lawyers are, on occasion, manipulated by their clients.
In this novel, the case invites a lot of media attention, but Haller does not appreciate the media at all. He does find them to be a source of possible income since he can sell the case stories if the client does not have enough money to pay, but that does not overrule the fact that he is not a huge fan of journalists and news reporters since they twist stories and words to their desire.
This story clearly shows how a web of lies ultimately leads to the demise of a character but it is so well written that you are not able to put the pieces together until the last few chapters. I find that this suspense is what makes a great page turner and captures your attention right from the start.
It delves into the lucrative, yet complicated, business of mortgages and foreclosures and how citizens do not always get what they bargained for in the end. Through the ups and downs of the case, Mickey Haller never ceases to amaze with his eloquence and expertise in the courtroom, as well as his street smarts and intelligent thinking.
I find that the element of involving his daughter as well as the family issues that goes along with it seems to connect the reader to Haller as well as help them understand what he is going though.
The surprising twist at the end was a fantastic way to end the book and leave the reader really questioning Haller's life choices. What does the title of the book, The Fifth Witness, really mean? The answer will surprise you and you'll find out only if you read the book! Please comment on this post what you thought of the book since I would love to hear you opinion!