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  • Writer's pictureJulie Mackin

Keep Your Enemies Close

The Intern by Michele Campbell

Stars: 4

Will you like this book? You might if you like:

Fast-paced thrillers

Dual perspectives

Family Drama

Dennis Lehane

The Intern by Michele Campbell was my September BOTM selection and I am glad I snagged this one. This is the first book I’ve read by Campbell, but I like her writing style, so I will be checking her other titles. The novel reminded me of an old school Dennis Lehane novel, both in the setting and the taut storytelling that highlights the corruption in law enforcement. Once I started reading, it was hard to put this one down!

Madison Rivera, a second year law student at Harvard, is taking a class from Kathryn Conroy, a federal judge in Boston. Madison and Kathryn have a number of things in common, including their high school, and when the judge asks Madison to apply for an internship in Kathryn’s chamber, Madison jumps at the chance, not just because she’ll be working for a woman she admires, but her brother has recently been arrested and railroaded into pleading guilty for a crime he didn’t commit. The presiding judge in his case? No other than Kathryn Conroy. But as Madison spends more time with Kathryn, both in her courtroom and outside it, she begins to wonder if the judge might not be on the take.

The story jumps between Madison and Kathryn’s POV and I like how Campbell allowed us to see both of their points of view. We get insight into both of their lives and understand why they make the choices they do. There is a lot that happens in this book, Campbell moves the action along quickly but not to the deterrent of the story; I never felt like the plot wasn’t fully formed in her head. The book kept a level of tension throughout and kept me guessing. I picked the book up last night and was on page 212 but I couldn’t stop reading, I had to know what was going to happen!

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