So, it’s my privilege to be closing the blog tour for The Cinderella Plan by Abi Silver, thank you to Rachel and Lightning Books for providing me with this physical copy to review, as you know, my reviews are always honest and my own.
Now that’s out of the way, let’s get started…
When James Salisbury, the owner of a British car manufacturer, ploughs his ‘self-drive’ car into a young family, the consequences are deadly. Will the car’s ‘black box’ reveal what really happened or will the industry, poised to launch these products to an eager public, close ranks to cover things up?
James himself faces a personal dilemma. If it is proved that he was driving the car he may go to prison. But if he is found innocent, and the autonomous car is to blame, the business he has spent most of his life building, and his dream of safer transport for all, may collapse.
Lawyers Judith Burton and Constance Lamb team up once again, this time to defend a man who may not want to go free, in a case that asks difficult questions about the speed at which technology is taking over our lives.
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Wow, I know that technology is taking over our day to day lives, but autonomous cars? How could I sit in the drivers seat not actually in control of the car? Imagine finding yourself in a situation where either you are sent to prison or the business you have spent the last 11 years building goes under! How could you even begin to comprehend that? This is a really scary premise for what is to come in our not so distant future.
The author Abi is a lawyer by profession which helps to create an authentic trial, you can tell that the author knows there way around a courtroom. I haven’t read any other books in the Burton and Lamb series, however, being honest I didn’t feel at any disadvantage as this can easily be read as a standalone.
My one little issue with this (and it’s not actually the books fault) is that this is a legal/courtroom thriller. So the trial scenes with the expert witness testimonies began to merge into each other as they are not the scenes that I find the most fascinating. That being said, I loved that there were constant discussions for and against the use of autonomous cars, these were really thought-provoking, if we are not in control of the car, then who is to blame for the deaths caused?
I finished this book within 24 hours as I just couldn’t stop myself from picking it back up. I really enjoyed that we had timelines before, during and after the trial, that was one of the factors that made this book so engaging. The conclusion of this actually took me by surprise, overall this is a complex and thrilling case which we could be seeing on our roads sooner than we think!
I’m giving The Cinderella Plan by Abi Silver 4 cups of coffee out of 5!
Who is Abi Silver?
Yorkshire-bred, Abi Silver is a lawyer by profession. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and three sons. Her first courtroom thriller featuring the legal duo Judith Burton and Constance Lamb, The Pinocchio Brief, was published by Lightning Books in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award. Her follow-up The Aladdin Trial, featuring the same legal team, was published in 2018.
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