Title: The Cinderella Plan
Author: Abi Silver
Publication Date: 11th July 2019
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
James Salisbury, owner of a British autonomous car manufacturer ploughs his self-driving car into a family, killing the two children instantly and grievously injuring their mother.
SEDA, James’ company might be in trouble. Or, if James is found to be driving the car in manual mode, he’s definitely going to be imprisoned for a long time. But something’s not right. James has never driven his car – he always rode it in self-drive mode. So, what went wrong that particular morning? His lawyers Judith Burton and Constance Lamb decide to dig a bit deeper and find out if their client is really innocent and if so, then what went wrong?
Wow! What a story! Really! With self-driving cars (which is going to be a new fad in a couple of years, you wait and watch!), court-room drama, affairs and sorrow, The Cinderella Plan is one of the best books that I have read this year!
I usually do not read books based on court-room dramas but this book was an exception. The details of prosecuting a witness and how sometimes the defense can be challenging is very well explained in this book. Abi Silver is a lawyer and The Cinderella Plan is her third book and I must say hats off to the research she’s done for this book.
Self-driving cars are going to be a reality soon. I have heard these cars are already undergoing a series of tests in Silicon Valley and other places. What fun it would be to just sit in a car and let the car drive itself to your destination. 😀 I would certainly love to own a car like that!
So, back to the story, James has lost his memory. He doesn’t seem to remember what went wrong on that fateful day. Georgia and Bertie were walking back home with their mother Therese and baby sister Ruby. They stood by the pavement to cross the road and the next thing they know, a car is driving straight towards them. Thanks to her pram, the four-month-old Ruby escapes unhurt.
But self-driven cars are supposed to reduce the number of accidents, not cause more of them! Now that SEDA is under scrutiny, James is worried that his fifteen years of hard work might go down the drain.
Therese and her husband Neil want James to be imprisoned. The grieving father gets support from the public – his tweets about his lovely son and daughter make people cry. There are also instances where the court had to be adjourned for a while since the CCTV footage and all were too much for the jury and others to bare. But James’ lawyers – Judith and Connie do not want their client to be wrongly imprisoned. When the car was in control, how can it be James’ fault?
The story is well-paced and keeps you hooked on until the end. This is a well-researched book that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster. Interesting, engrossing and a page-turner, The Cinderella Plan is a must-read book of this year! (I am not going to give in more details about the developments of the case and make this review a spoiler.)
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