Twenty-nine-year-old Sophie Diehl is happy toiling away as a criminal law associate at an old line New England firm where she very much appreciates that most of her clients are behind bars. Everyone at Traynor, Hand knows she abhors face-to-face contact, but one weekend, with all the big partners away, Sophie must handle the intake interview for the daughter of the firm’s most important client. After eighteen years of marriage, Mayflower descendant Mia Meiklejohn Durkheim has just been served divorce papers in a humiliating scene at the popular local restaurant, Golightly’s. She is locked and loaded to fight her eminent and ambitious husband, Dr. Daniel Durkheim, Chief of the Department of Pediatric Oncology, for custody of their ten-year-old daughter Jane—and she also burns to take him down a peg. Sophie warns Mia that she’s never handled a divorce case before, but Mia can’t be put off. As she so disarmingly puts it: It’s her first divorce, too.
I picked this book up a few months ago because the cover caught my eye. But as overloaded as I have been these past few months, it wasn’t until yesterday that I finally got around to it. At first, I thought the first few memos and letters were entertaining. But I didn’t expect the entire book to be nothing but e-mails and legal documents. This was such a bad decision for this book. Especially when it claims:
Debut novelist Susan Rieger doesn’t leave a word out of place in this hilarious and expertly crafted debut that shines with the power and pleasure of storytelling.
Most of the book is legal documents. I don’t know about you, but what is hilarious about legal documents? Storytelling? You only get an idea of what is going on after the initial divorce papers are served through e-mails. This book needed actual chapters, with actual story telling. Some of the documents/e-mails/memos could have been used to add a bit of authenticity to this tale. But if I wanted to read court documents and legal paperwork, I’d get a job in the legal field.
Needless to say, I did not finish this book nor would I ever recommend it to anyone, unless you are really bored. I mean, it’s really hard to review a book that didn’t have a real story line and plot. Yes, there’s one in all the paperwork, but unless you have a narrative to go along with it, it gets lost in all the legal mumbo jumbo.
Reviewer’s note: I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review.
Pick up your copy on Amazon: The Divorce Papers by Susan Rieger