The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

Title: The Murder Rule

Author: Dervla McTiernan

Genre: Crime/Thriller

Publisher: Harper Collins

Publication Date: 12th May 2022

Rating: 5/5



No one is innocent in this story.

First Rule: Make them like you.
Second Rule: Make them need you.
Third Rule: Make them pay.

They think I’m a young, idealistic law student, that I’m passionate about reforming a corrupt and brutal system.

They think I’m working hard to impress them.

They think I’m here to save an innocent man on death row.

They’re wrong. I’m going to bury him.


I’ve not read any of Dervla McTiernan’s books before but I was so intrigued by the premise of The Murder Rule and I am so glad that was the case because I absolutely loved this book! The story follows Hannah, a young law student who travels to Virginia and gets herself on the team of students working on the Innocence Project, a project aiming to get innocent people out of prison. However, Hannah has an agenda and has absolutely no intention of helping a certain prisoner get out of jail. In fact, she’s doing the opposite.

This is one of those books that is genuinely unputdownable – I stayed up late into the night because I just had to know how it would end. The plot is brilliantly addictive and twists and turns in all sorts of different ways that will have any reader on the edge of their seat. Hannah is a fantastic main character because she is difficult to like at certain points and when she takes certain actions, and yet she is still someone I found myself rooting for again and again. Covering themes of trust, lies, corruption, the justice system and repentance, The Murder Rule is a phenomenally engaging thriller that I couldn’t recommend more highly. An easy five stars from me.


Thank you so much to Anne Cater of Random Things Blog Tours for inviting me on this tour and organising it. I kindly received a copy of the book from the publisher. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.

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