The Sacrificial Man by Ruth Dugdall. Published by Legend.

Probation officer Cate Austin is facing one of the most difficult cases of her career. Alice Mariani stands accused of murder. Alice insists that she did not kill anyone, merely assisted a friend commit suicide when he could no longer go on with his life. While on the surface, that seems as if it may be a plausible defense, the manner in which the victim was killed was so unpleasant that seasoned crime officers were ill at the scene. Now Kate must review the facts of the case and recommend a sentence.

A nail biting thriller that is not for the faint of heart. Dugdall paints a believable and very likeable character in Kate, who is clearly conflicted about the case, and portrays Alice as an enigma; leaving readers to make up their own minds. Excellent

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