Prima Facie | Suzie Miller

play | feminist | contemporary

First published 2024





"It was like I was watching life unfold on a screen and I was not part of the story."

Suzie Miller's novel, Prima Facie, based on the hugely successful theatre play of the same name, grips you, from the first page to the last, with its intense narrative and richly drawn characters.


Set in the fast-paced world of the courtroom, Prima Facie follows the story of Tessa, a highly talented barrister from a working class background, who is navigating her way through a male-dominated, class-ridden profession while facing personal and professional challenges. Miller's writing style is impeccable, effortlessly weaving together intricate legal procedures with the complexities of human emotions.

What truly sets this novel apart is its authenticity. Miller, herself an experienced playwright and former human rights lawyer, brings a wealth of knowledge and insight to the story, creating a narrative that feels both realistic and riveting. The legal intricacies are portrayed with accuracy, yet never overshadow the deeply human aspects of the novel.


The character development in Prima Facie is really exceptional. Tessa is a protagonist you can't help but root for – flawed yet fiercely determined, she resonates with authenticity and depth. Supporting characters are equally well-crafted, adding layers of intrigue and complexity.

Beyond its gripping plot and well-drawn characters, Prima Facie deals with important themes such as gender inequality, sexual assaule, power dynamics, and the pursuit of justice. Miller handles these themes with nuance and sensitivity, prompting readers to reflect on larger societal issues.

My Verdict

In conclusion, Prima Facie is a must-read. In particular, for fans of legal thrillers and anyone who appreciates a well-crafted, thought-provoking story. Suzie Miller has delivered a masterful novel that captivates from beginning to end, earning it a well-deserved five-star rating.

Posted 02.05.2024

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