Welcome to day 1 of the blog tour for Kosmos by Adrian Laing! Many thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Through Your Letterbox, the publishers Flame Tree Press, and of course, the author Adrian Laing for inviting me to be part of this tour.
I have a review of this one below but have a look at the details and the blurb first. I think you’ll agree that it sounds MAD.
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: FLAME TREE PRESS; US paperback edition edition (30 Nov. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1787580512
- ISBN-13: 978-1787580510
Rookie barrister George Winsome, young and arrogant, defends an old boy who thinks he’s Merlin on a manslaughter charge. The riotous trial turns Merlin into a celebrity; money, greed and ambition take hold of George and his partner Heather until the secret of Merlin’s past is revealed as the spirit of Saint Yves intervenes to ensure George and Heather follow their true paths.
‘Kosmos’ is a modern-day jury trial, a feel-good love story and a spiritual journey involving Saint Yves, Nemesis and Merlin.
Reading the blurb for this book I remember responding to Anne with something along the lines of “That sounds MAD, I’m in”. While the book was not entirely as crazy as I was expecting, I came away from it thoroughly satisfied.
The first half of this book is almost entirely a courtroom drama, with George defending Merlin against the crown, represented by a much more senior and well versed lawyer.
The two lock horns on numerous occasions throughout the court battle, which I found wonderfully engaging. Despite reading a large number of crime novels, I have not read too many which look at the courtroom setting, and I found this part of the book very interesting and engaging. I may need to pick up a couple of court room dramas…
The second part of the novel changes setting and focusses more on the lives of George, his girlfriend and Merlin. For me, this is where the book really came to life, and I flew through the closing stages.
I had gone into this book expecting a wild and humorous ride, and while it is still that, it is so much more. What we have here is a heartwarming tale of redemption, with an absolutely fantastic array of characters, that I already miss, and a brilliantly plotted story, I have to admit. I loved it.
About the author (From Flame Tree Press)
About the publisher
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
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