Accusation: A Wife's Story
Mary Fielding with Jane Westaway
Subject: General Non-fiction
'I had no way of knowing that this evening marked the start of a long, agonising process that would erode my belief, not in Steve but in myself.'
Accusation is Mary Fielding's true account of a nightmare that begins one ordinary evening with a knock at her front door. Minutes later three police officers lead away her husband and later that night, Steve is charged with two counts of indecency.
What is his wife and the mother of his two daughters to believe? And which is worse: that her husband is guilty as charged or that an innocent man is subjected to such an ordeal? After a two-and-a-half year battle that threatens the Fieldings' emotional and financial survival, Steve is spat out of a system that Mary now sees as deeply flawed, shockingly unjust.
It's easy to believe in justice, to trust police to investigate and judges to deliver sound judgments. Until, that is, someone in your family is arrested, charged and tried. Then that belief can be shattered forever.
Accusation is a compelling story told with remarkable courage.
Author Mary Fielding lives in an average-sized city in New Zealand. She is an accountant, her husband is a builder. They have two children. They are what is referred to as 'an ordinary kiwi family'. This is Mary's story.
Reviewers Comments ...
'Told with openess and courage, everyone should read this...’ The Star, 2005