The Intern

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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023

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A young Harvard law student falls under the spell of a charismatic judge in this timely and thrilling novel about class, ambition, family and murder.

Madison Rivera lands the internship of a lifetime working for Judge Kathryn Conroy. But Madison has a secret that could destroy her career. Her troubled younger brother Danny has been arrested, and Conroy is the judge on his case.

When Danny goes missing after accusing the judge of corruption, Madison’s quest for answers brings her deep into the judge’s glamorous world. Is Kathryn Conroy a mentor, a victim, or a criminal? Is she trying to help Madison or use her as a pawn? And why is somebody trying to kill her?

As the two women circle each other in a dangerous cat-and-mouse game, will they save each other, or will betrayal leave one of them dead?

A young Harvard law student falls under the spell of a charismatic judge in this timely and thrilling novel about class, ambition, family and murder.

Madison Rivera lands the internship of a lifetime...

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Michele Campbell is one of my favorite writers, and she did not disappoint with The Intern. The author has the talent to paint her characters with a fine brush. I felt like I could reach out and touch them. Michele Campbell also knows how to create breathless suspense on a page. I read a lot of psychological thrillers, and without a doubt, Michele Campbell is by far one of the best writers.

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Another great read by Michele Campbell! I have read all of her books, and this one lives up to the expectations! In The Intern, we meet Madison, a Harvard law student who is on track for success. Madison applies to a killer internship and is doing great in her internship. But she has a secret, that if found out, could ruin her chances at succeeding in the legal world. Before we know it, Madison is thrust into a world of secrets, lies, and even murder. Trying to save her career, and her family, I found myself rooting for Madison all the way through the book! There were twists and turns that I did NOT see coming. Definitely a 5 star read!

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Michele Campbell hits it out of the park again with this amazing thriller.
I have loved every book that she has written but I must admit this has to be my favorite.

The Intern by Michele Campbell was everything I was hoping for.

The author kept an air of tension going through much of the story
She did an excellent job in weaving the mystery here and keeping the story flowing nicely.
The storyline itself swept me straight up and didn't put me down until the last page. A true page turner. It is filled with twists, turns, nail biting suspense, lies, murder, family and drama.
The characters are complex and interesting. And I eager to see how this all unfolded.
Sharp, intelligent and compelling Campbell is a master at creating an suspenseful atmosphere with a well developed story line that kept me going until 2am.

"I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own."

Thank You NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for your generosity and gifting me a copy of this amazing eARC!

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Michelle Campbell definitely delighted again in her most recent thriller! If you enjoy unpredictable psychological thrillers, then this one is for you. It is a tale of women and their secrets, lies, and family ties intertwined in the legal profession. 5 stars!

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I'm completely engrossed in Michele Campbell's novel, The Intern. Madison Rivera, a determined law student, finds herself in a precarious situation when she lands an internship with her idol, Judge Conroy. The catch? Madison's brother, Danny, is facing a trial presided over by Judge Conroy, and he goes missing after accusing her of corruption. As Madison delves deeper into the judge's world, she's torn between loyalty to her brother and the allure of her promising career. But there's more at play here—is Judge Conroy a mentor, a victim, or a criminal? And why is someone trying to kill her? The tension builds as Madison and the judge engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, forcing them to question who they can trust and if they can save each other from betrayal.

Madison's moral dilemma adds a compelling layer to the story. Despite numerous opportunities to come clean, she chooses to withhold the truth to protect her career aspirations. While I understood her motives, it was hard not to see her self-interest as well. As the plot unfolds, the parallels between Madison and Judge Conroy's upbringings are revealed, forming an unusual bond between them. However, both women are flawed, impulsive, and prone to making questionable choices, which led me to shake my head in disbelief at times. The alternating perspectives between Madison and the judge, along with the shifts between past and present, create an engaging narrative that keeps you hooked.

The Intern is a fast-paced and gripping read, laced with lies, corruption, and a touch of a mob-like atmosphere. I extend my gratitude to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Another great book from Michele Campbell. The characters are intriguing, the plot is captivating, and the whole story kept me reading all night. This was one of those stories where you never knew quite who was lying, telling the truth, and how it was all going to end. A must read!
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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I’m a fan of Michele Campbell’s books and have read and enjoyed each of her previous ones. I was particularly anxious to read The Intern because I’m an attorney and former prosecutor. Everything about it - the setting, the plot, and the characters appealed to me.

Let me first say that I’m definitely not someone who is prone to writing gushy book reviews. That having been said, if I could give this book ten stars, I would. I’m not exaggerating. It’s that good.

Harvard Law School student Madison Rivera has wanted to be a lawyer since the day she heard Judge Kathryn Conroy speak as part of a career day program at her high school, the same high school Kathryn graduated from some years before. Now, Kathryn is a federal judge in Boston who also teaches a course at Harvard Law School and Madison is one of her students.

Out of the blue, while having a brief discussion after class about a case, Kathryn tells Madison that there is an opening for an intern in her chambers and urges Madison to apply. Interestingly, Kathryn is the judge presiding over a case involving Madison’s brother, Danny, who was framed for a drug crime he didn’t commit and coerced into entering a guilty plea by a shady lawyer. While Madison is aware of this and very concerned about her brother, she doesn’t disclose it to Kathryn and Kathryn seems unaware of it.

Kathryn selects Madison for the job after interviewing two other applicants and Madison accepts the job offer. She quickly discovers that Judge Conroy’s chambers are, to say the least, unorthodox. The two law clerks, Imani and Sean, who are supposed to be Madison’s supervisor are friendly and helpful, but it’s the nasty and uber-controlling Nancy, a non-attorney who is and is supposedly an office manager, not Judge Conroy, who controls what goes on in the judge’s chambers, including how certain cases are decided. Although Madison is told by Nancy in no uncertain terms that Madison’s contact with the judge will be limited to sitting in the courtroom to listen to cases being heard, Kathryn initiates a personal relationship with Madison by inviting her to dinner after Madison’s first day at work.

From that point on, almost nothing is as it seems and Madison gets entangled in Kathryn’s seamy personal and professional worlds, not sure if her mentor is a victim or a dangerous criminal.

In my experience novels usually either have a great plot or great characters. It’s rare to find a book that has both. But The Intern is one of those books. The plotline is never dull. It moves quickly and seamlessly while it keeps the reader guessing. As for the characters, they are complex and never flat cardboard types. For the most part, the characters, including Kathryn, are hiding major secrets and engaging in illegal activities, including murder. While they aren’t - and for this type of storyline cannot be - the most sympathetic of characters, they are definitely interesting and keep the riveting and complex plot moving at a steady pace.

I read The Intern in one sitting and stayed up all night because I was so engrossed in it. I read at least eight or nine books a month and this is truly the best book I’ve read this year. I highly recommend it.

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The Intern by Michelle Campbell gets 5 heart-pumping stars. Madison is a shining star law student at Harvard when her brother, Danny, is arrested on drug charges. Danny insists that he is innocent and is being framed by his attorney, arresting officer, and even the judge. It just so happens that said judge assigned to Danny's case is also Madison's law professor. When Judge Conroy offers Madison a coveted internship in her chambers, Madison jumps at the change--both for the experience, and the opportunity to get inside information on Danny's case. But Madison couldn't have possibly anticipated the mess she gets herself into when she dives head first into Judy Conroy's dark and seedy world. This thriller kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for my honest feedback.

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Thank you so much for this ARC!

First, I always will request Michele Campbell books without even looking at the synopsis which meant I really didn't know what I was getting into but knew it would be good.

This was quite the ride! Each page was thrilling and gave me the urge to see if anyone was watching me as I went about my day. Loved the combination of law, corruption, glamour, academia and family values. The story flowed so quickly and I enjoyed going back in time to learn about the Judge's upbringing and how it affected her future.

5 stars!

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