– Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat
‘In the space of only a few seconds, Michael Fitzpatrick knew that impact was inevitable. His heart rate accelerated and his breathing became shallow as he used his hands on the steering wheel of his sports car as a brace, pushing his upper body into the driver’s
seat, anticipating the opposite forces to come. He was able to see the
driver of the Mercedes he was about to strike for only a moment and, if
asked, would only be able to say that the driver was a woman with blond
hair. The event, in his opinion, was moving at warp speed as first the
bumper, then the hood of his car, made impact with a force that broke
the morning stillness with metal bending metal, rendering the type of
noise where one knows for a certainty something bad has just happened
without having to have witnessed it. ‘
Michael Fitzpatrick is the son of Francis Fitzpatrick, Congressman from the 9th Congressional District of Massachusetts. Congressman Fitzpatrick is
also the author of a bill referred to as “Faith for Life”. The bill
states the right of the unborn to the full protection of the Constitution
to include every federal law related to every US citizens to the extent
that no state law can override it. In short – abortion is murder. The
lady in the Mercedes that Michael has just driven his car into is
Jessica Billington-Bracketon, wife of John Brackton, one of the largest
political backers in the city. To top it off, Jessica is pregnant and
loses her baby during the wreck.
Was the wreck an accident caused by the possibility that Michael had been
drinking? Was it due to there being black ice on the roads and Michael
simply lost control? No matter the reason, John Brackton is determined
to have Michael prosecuted for the death of his unborn child.
As the real “facts” come out in the story of The Accident, I find myself being torn between who should really be on trial. There
is the reporter who lies to get whatever he needs to make an exposure.
There is the Representative Sullivan
who wants the congressman’s seat and will do just about anything to
acquire that seat, as long as his own skeletons stay in the closet. And
there is Jessica herself who was actually heading for a very
confidential appointment when the accident occurred. So, as the truths
are exposed, how will the jury vote. Will they find Michael guilty or
innocent in the murder of the Bracketon’s unborn child?
This book is a real page flipper. I wanted it to end but wanted it to keep going too.
All Things That Matter Press
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