When my good friend Janel over at Keeper of Pages read this Two Lost Boys, by L.F Robertson, a while back, I knew I had to add it to my TBR pile. I am a huge fan of legal mystery/thrillers and have a special interest to those plots surrounding death row. I think it has something to do with how ominous and how severe these stories are; there are no second chances, it truly is life and death. Also, there is something about a story that calls to question where you fall on the line. Would you support such a system? Are you against it? What would you do if you were in this line of work. It is absolutely mind boggling to begin to think about it.
The story opens with the introduction of our protagonist, Janet Moodie, who is a death row appeals attorney. Her newest client, Andy Handy, was convicted (along with his brother, Emory) for the rape and murder of two women. Emory, after a slick deal, received life in prison and Andy got the death penalty even though he has a lower IQ and lacks the dominant personality. Using missed mitigating evidence, Janet discovers a series of errors and learns there is potentially much more to the murders than what was first thought. Andy may be guilty of something, but does he deserve to die?
The fact that L.F Robertson is a practicing death row lawyer added such a relevant angle to the story; it all felt extremely real and detailed. Similar to when I watch Grey’s Anatomy and feel as if I am a surgeon, I left this story feeling the the same intensity that I was a death row attorney. She does a brilliant job at inviting the reader into Janet Moodie’s shoes. Moodie is a straight shooter; some would say emotionless but I would say to the point. She is calculated and calm; the story was portrayed as such. Robertson lays down the facts and lets the reader handle the emotions.
This novel is not your typical fast paced thriller, but instead relies on an intricate story to captivate their reader. I couldn’t put this one down and the pace became irrelevant to me, which is very rare.
I feel like fans of any legal thrillers or even those who like Jodi Picoult would love Two Lost Boys.