Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
First in a series of three books, Pattinson's Curse (A Johanna Pattinson Legal Thriller) by Graeme Arnold is all about the legal career of Johanna Therese Pattinson who lived on a sheep farm in Western Victoria, Australia. Being raised in a man’s world, Johanna’s oppressed life changes when she moves to Melbourne to work as a solicitor. The story chronicles her journey from that of a solicitor to a barrister, and finally to a judge. Her story also reveals how her life was shaped by four men who influenced her in different ways, making her the person she is. Her choices are always not what she would want them to be. The open ending of the first book will make readers eagerly anticipate the next two volumes to find out how Johanna’s career will shape up and how she will evolve as a person.
The story is compelling and the author shares some insights about the legal profession through the plot. The characters are all strongly portrayed, especially that of Johanna which will remain in readers' memories because of the complexities and strength she shows in her character. Some characters in the story are challenging, some leave an impact on readers, and the courtroom scenes make the story engaging. There are some intense moments, dramatic ones, and some funny ones which give the plot a good pace and movement. The author's fluidity in expression makes the book an entertaining and easy read. The characters will leave one curious and interested to learn more about them and their exploits, hence the next book will be worth waiting for.