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The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Hargolin | ARC #BookReview



The Perfect Alibi by Phillip Hargolin

Published: March 5, 2019 

Publisher: Minotaur Books

Pages: 320

Genres: mystery, thriller 

Rating: 3 stars 

Recommend to fans of: science and tech heavy mysteries 

Foodie Vibes: coffee to keep you awake to find out what happens 



A young woman accuses a prominent local college athlete of rape. Convicted with the help of undisputable DNA evidence, the athlete swears his innocence and threatens both his lawyer and his accuser as he’s sent to prison. Not long after, there’s another rape and the DNA test shows that the same person committed both rapes—which is seemingly impossible since the man convicted of the first rape was in prison at the time of the second one. Now, the convicted athlete, joined by a new lawyer, is granted a new trial and bail. Shortly thereafter, his original lawyer disappears and his law partner is murdered.

Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and a former MMA fighter who helped pay for Yale Law School with her bouts. She is representing the victim of the first rape for her civil lawsuit against her rapist, who is now convinced the rapist is stalking her and trying to intimidate her. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge—one that should be dismissed as self-defense—but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them.



Thank you to NetGalley, Minotaur Books and Phillip Hargolin for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me. 


  • The premise reminds me of an episode of Law and Order SVU 
  • Short chapters: makes it easy to put down the book
  • Heavily features DNA, science and other tech — while these are not a new phenomenon, the book keeps it fresh and interesting
  • The drama, deception, lying and greed makes for an intense book



  • There’s almost too much drama – which almost makes me ambivalent to the supposed to be “riveting revelations” 
  • Didn’t keep my focus well (To be fair: I was tired while reading some of the book, but that wasn’t the entire reason for difficulty focusing.)
  • The story bounced from one mystery to the next very quickly – not a fan of this

Wish that:

  • It lived up to the hype I’d created in my head

Overall, another mystery/thriller that was enjoyable but left me a little disappointed. 


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