Fiona is a High Court Judge in her 60th year who specialises in family law.
A case finds her at a difficult time in her life when her marriage is in real trouble and despite her years of impeccable
judgement she is drawn into an emotionally difficult case involving a 17 year old boy who is refusing emergency medical treatment on religious grounds.
So completely was I drawn into Fiona's life and feelings that it felt like this book was over in 5 seconds!
It was so well constructed and delivered a poignant struggle between professional self vs personal self.
Fiona had never done anything outrageous since her teenage years in Newcastle! Since then Fiona has kept herself emotionally constricted but we become witness to the deconstruction of her formal self and glimpse something underneath that even she is surprised by.
This book moved me - I would have loved it to be longer and to have heard about more cases Fiona had presided over but in itself it is an excellent read.
There is no real action or suspence here just an absorbing slow paced story of a woman discovering herself when she thought she'd already been discovered.
PS. Beautifully narrated - audio version highly recommended (you do need to be able to concentrate though so perhaps not one for listening to when you may be distracted - every word is of the utmost importance!)