The Interpreter, Brooke Robinson

The Interpreter opening line: One good push releases the handle, and the brass tongue withdraws into the lock.

The Interpreter

My blurb:

Revelle’s mother has died and it has put a whole new perspective on her life. She applies to adopt a child which means a lot of things have to change. She moves into a flat she cannot afford to ensure Elliot will be placed with her permanently. But then one false move puts everything in jeopardy. Will she be able to set the record straight, and keep to the deals her blackmailer is setting her?

The Interpreter
Single mother Revelle Lee is an interpreter who spends her days translating for victims, witnesses and the accused across London. Only she knows what they’re saying. Only she knows the truth.
When she believes a grave injustice is about to happen, and a guilty man is going to be labelled innocent, she has the power to twist an alibi to get the verdict she wants. She’s willing to risk it all to do what’s right.
But when someone discovers she lied, Revelle finds the cost might be too high… and she could lose everything, including her son.
My verdict:

I worked out quite quickly who was blackmailing Revelle but not the why. And this is what kept me reading the book. The art of interpretation is quite fascinating and how I wish my Italian were better so that I could do this as a side hustle. A pleasantly good read from Brooke Robinson.

About the book:
Innocent or guilty. It’s all a matter of interpretation… Vintage’s lead crime thriller debut for 2023, for readers of Louise Candlish, Sarah Vaughan, and Harriet Tyce
Read an extract:

One good push releases the handle, and the brass tongue withdraws into the lock.

‘I’m sorry, we’re actually closed.’ A young woman is fussing behind the counter.

Entering, I peruse the shelves closest to the door.

‘Victorian fittings – it never locks properly unless I use the key. Sorry.’ Her words travel towards me; I swat them away.

There’s a blackboard sign by my feet, the shop’s opening hours announced in pink and emerald chalk. Upcoming events are listed, author talks and playgroup sessions. Stickers in the shape of lions and elephants dot the clean, white walls.

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Publishing information:
ISBN 9781787303843
Format Trade Paperback
Published July 2023

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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