To Jack Nolan, young Danny is like a son. Despite Danny’s rough start in life, Jack saw potential in the boy that few others did and encouraged Danny to pursue dreams he never imagined he could achieve.
But an anonymous letter about his long absent father makes Danny question everything. Can he really rise about his background or is his future set in stone?
Jack is a lawyer at the top of his game and there is nothing he wouldn’t do for Danny, who helped him many years ago, as a mere child. But the more Jack uncovers, the more he sees his chances of winning his first criminal case slipping through his fingers.
With time and mounting evidence stacked against them, Jack and Danny negotiate a web of lies and deception, Danny’s dread that history will repeat itself and Jack’s fear that he is in way over his head. Can they actually uncover the truth and, more importantly, will their friendship survive the ordeal?
Book gifted by author in return for honest review
Third Offence is a novel based on characters from Helen McKeenas highly popular novel “The Beach House” (Published in 2011 by Joshua Books). It was wonderful to revisit characters from a book that I have read and absolutely loved. I had no idea the author was working on this and was even more surprised and delighted when asked to read it. Jack is a favourite of mine in The Beach House so it’s lovely to catch up with what has been going on in his life since.
The thing that worries me as a reader is when an author decides to write more books from a much-loved story. I wonder will they do them justice or whether they should have been left as they were. I am pleased to say that this book like all the other books I have read by this author did not disappoint. In fact, I think it has made me like the character of Jack even more.
A brilliant and creative story that is full of intrigue, secrets, and half-truths. The author writes in such a way that you have to engage with the characters and the story that is going on before you. You have no choice but to be pulled into what is going on. There are a lot of different things happening at once with this tale. Jack is a lawyer who volunteers to help out the father of his friend Daniel, a boy he has been a benefactor too. Daniels father is less than cooperative with the case. So, it is up to Jack and Danny to figure out why he was framed for a crime he swears he did not commit. Being a fan of mystery it was great to try to work out who had framed Daniels father and why. Yet again I was getting lost in my suspicions and did not even get close to who it was before it was revealed.
There are many different themes explored by the author. Not judging someone because of life circumstances, seeing things from a different perspective. Never losing faith in what you believe in and for me, the biggest messages was that family is important. No matter what people are going through, when all is said and done your family whether they are related by blood or not, are important.
A heartwarming tale that will make you laugh, cry, and use your powers of deduction. It can be read as a stand-alone story but I would recommend reading The Beach House first.