The Murder Rule – Dervla McTiernan

Published By: Harper Collins
Pages: 400
Released On: 12/05/2022

First Rule: Make them like you.
Second Rule: Make them need you.
Third Rule: Make them pay.

They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system. They think I’m working hard to impress them. They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row.

They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him.


Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

I liked the use of intermittent diary entries to explain the past events and give context to the present but without breaking the flow of the narrative.

It is quite involved and there is the potential to get lost if you’re not into the legal game or knowledgeable about legal terms, but I don’t think there’s an alternative way of writing it as all the characters are knowledgeable and it would look out of place to suddenly have someone explaining the basics just for the sake of the reader.

I don’t know why I was expecting it, but I did think there would be more action earlier on. There’s a lot of talking, a lot of narrative for the first 60-70%, and whilst that’s not a bad thing as it is exciting and draws you in, it wasn’t quite what I thought it would be.

There are twists and turns and subtle red herrings and clues dotted throughout the book. The narrative really grabs you and before you know it you’re half way through. You feel like you’re part of the legal team and you’re trying to work out the truth for yourself before it’s revealed to you.

I’m a weird way I think there’s almost a dark Legally Blonde side to this – of a young girl not being bevel in an industry of men. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not the main crux of this, there’s not a full-on feminist element or anything, it just gave me that vibe and I’m here for it!

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