Book Review: “The Competition” by Marcia Clark


Title:  The Competition

Author:  Marcia Clark

Series:  Rachel Knight #4

Synopsis (from  In Marcia Clark’s most electrifying thriller yet, Los Angeles District Attorney Rachel Knight investigates a horrifying high school massacre.

A Columbine-style shooting at a high school in the San Fernando Valley has left a community shaken to its core. Two students are identified as the killers. Both are dead, believed to have committed a mutual suicide.

In the aftermath of the shooting, LA Special Trials prosecutor Rachel Knight teams up with her best girlfriend, LAPD detective Bailey Keller. As Rachel and Bailey interview students at the high school, they realize that the facts don’t add up. Could it be that the students suspected of being the shooters are actually victims? And if so, does that mean that the real killers are still on the loose?

A dramatic leap forward in Marcia Clark’s highly acclaimed Rachel Knight series, The Competition is an unforgettable story that will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.

My thoughts:  Well I picked up this book because my mother just raves about this series.  She says she just couldn’t put this book down, because it was simply so good.  Now my mom and I normally have very similar reading tastes, but with this one, I just didn’t see all that she saw apparently.

Now, don’t get me wrong, overall the book was good for me, it just wasn’t great.  Now again . . . it is one of those reading dilemmas for me . . . was the book not great so it took me forever to read it which just drew it out and made it even worse or did I just draw it out for so long being busy with other things that it took away from the greatness of the book?  Apparently a little reader’s philosophy for you.

This is the 4th book in the Rachel Knight series by Marcia Clark . . . yes THE Marcia Clark from the OJ trial.  Needless to say with her legal experience she knows how to write a great female lead character. I did really seem to enjoy the main character, Rachel Knight, so despite my feelings about this particular book I will most likely check out the others in this series from the beginning!

I wanted to be really excited about this book, yet it dragged for me and fell a little flat.

Overall a good mystery, but I wouldn’t rave about it.

And remember,

Books Are Life,


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