The Divorce Papers by Susan Reiger follows Sophie Diehlm who is a criminal attorney is a smallish New England firm. She is roped into handing the divorce of Mia and Daniel Durkheim. He’s a pediatric oncologist and she’s from old money. Sophie represents Mia. Mia and Daniel have one daughter, Jane.
The novel is told in the epistolary style, meaning that it is told via letters, emails, case law, codes, pleadings, notes, etc. Even though the format of this novel is not traditional, it works. You follow the divorce from Sophie’s memo on her initial meeting with the client, to the final divorce decree. You find out things about all of the participants along the way. For instance, Sophie’s terminal condition as a single woman workaholic. Mia’s crazy need to punish Daniel. And Daniel’s cheating being the cause of the divorce.
You also learn about the innerworkings of the law firm, including the fact that a more seasoned family law attorney is appalled that a relatively new criminal attorney would be handing the divorce. But Mia hits it off with Sophie and insists that Sophie represent her.
Even though the story is told through different types of documents you can still track the growth and change in the characters. I found that I really enjoyed the book. I would have liked it even if I didn’t work in the law. The story takes place in New England, where I know nothing about the law, and it involves family law, which I don’t work in. But I still found it entertaining and very much enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to try something a bit different and be entertained.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. I received no other compensation for this review. The thoughts expressed herein are my own.