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Summary

No one is innocent in this story. 

First Rule - Make them like you.

Second Rule - Make them need you.

Third Rule - Make them pay.

They think I’m an idealistic young 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.

©2022 Dervla McTiernan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

“Gripping and full of tension, with twist after unexpected twist. You won’t just read The Murder Rule; you’ll devour it.” (Karin Slaughter, New York Times best-selling author of Pieces of Her)

“Dervla McTiernan is an extraordinary writer, and The Murder Rule is a brilliant, breathtaking and irresistible thriller with unforgettable characters and twists on top of twists.” (T. J. Newman, New York Times best-selling author of Falling)

“Dervla McTiernan has become one of my favorite writers, and if you read The Murder Rule, she will quickly become one of yours. This book is diabolically clever, highly compelling and deeply moving. I loved The Murder Rule and did not want it to end.” (Don Winslow, New York Times best-selling author of The Force and The Border)

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Another engrossing thriller from Dervla McTiernan

Dervla's writing never disappoints as she kept my attention throughout with the twisting plot written with true creative flair. The novel's framework raising the complexity of guilt and innocence and its setting against the Innocence Project and the controversial 'murder rule' both interests and educates at the same time as telling a good story.

The narrators are all excellent and appropriate to the plot, even if I was initially disappointed not to be read to in the usual lyrical voice of Aoife McMahon.

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Everything told me

That I would not like it. Wrong country wrong case wrong victim wrong murder? And still it was very captivating and impossible to put down. Very well written and the narration did fit it very well. Somehow I wanted it to end differently but was very satisfied it didn’t. Now I’m even more curious what the next story will be.

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Engaging personalities

Engaging personalities and story. Hannah's a great character with a ruthless streak and yet I was on her side. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved the narration, in particular Camilla and Angie!

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McTiernans usual high standards

Loved this breakaway from Dervlas excellent Irish series.I wasnt happy! But I loved the unexpected twists ,excellent characterisation and narration.

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Loved it!

Such a Great storyline, there is lots of twists , suspense and drama to keep you interested!!

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Sorry, but not for me

I've really tried, I promise you, but this isn't the author I was gripped by in The Ruin, not gripped, plodding on, finding Hannah irritating. Amazing research, I'll give you that but a story and characters I care about? Nope.