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Chasing Innocence

Chasing Innocence [Kindle Edition]

John Potter
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Thriller Fiction Finalist - Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Books 2012
Thriller Fiction Finalist - Indie Excellence Awards 2012
New Fiction Finalist - Indie Excellence Awards 2012

“Would fit in just fine in any major publisher’s catalog. The story plunges right in with a terrific opening, which is essential for this sort of thriller … well written with vivid description and an emotional POV that feels human and relatable” –Writer’s Digest

“Wonderfully written with an emotional impact that will leave you breathless.” –Confessions of a Reader

“This book is a stunning debut by John Potter. It is one of the few books that has left me desperate to know what happens to the character and one that has made me think how I would react in such a situation.” –Sarah Burns, The Kindle Book Review

“I was plunged into stunningly good storytelling with marvelously realistic characters: flawed, courageous, frightened, daring, full of misgivings and self-doubt.” –LovesToReadBooks

‘That poor little body, passed from pillar to post, all those things that will be asked of her. All those tears and years wondering why her father betrayed her.’

Sarah Sawacki’s past has made her a survivor. At the age of 28 her life is the best it has ever been. When she sees ten-year-old Andrea being kidnapped, her every instinct is to turn away. Sarah can only follow, journeying beyond reason for an innocence she little knew.

Andrea’s father is ex-forces and struggling in a civilian world he cares nothing for. Only now his daughter is missing, has he realised how precious she is. Teamed with Sarah's husband, they use the trail left by Sarah to hunt for Andrea.

Legendary detective Francis Boer is dying. He will call upon all his intuition and experience as he works to discover why Andrea was targeted in the first place. His hope is not to catch the guilty, but to save one last innocent.

From the Publisher

Chasing Innocence is a thrilling debut that blends fast narrative and intense action with an enthralling story.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creative Crow; 2 edition (3 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z0KYEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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John likes to write and he does a lot of it. It keeps him mostly sane. He is the author of two popular blogs and is a top ranked Amazon product reviewer. In 2012 his first fiction novel: Chasing Innocence was Indie published in paperback and kindle editions, going on to be short-listed to the final five of three different awards. It frequently features in the Amazon bestseller lists. In 2013 he published his first novella: Mahrie. He is currently working on a sequel to Chasing Innocence and a stand-alone revenge thriller with the working title of The Handyman. A passionate Indie publisher he frequently collaborates with other authors, bringing their books to readers via digital and paper mediums.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great thriller, great read. 18 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The start of this book I found disturbing mainly due to the subject matter a child kidnap. But from that moment onwards the book moved at high speed with a thrill a minute. This is a book that is hard to put down. Highly recommended.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read stunning debut novel - 1 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a stunning debut by John Potter. It is one of the few books that has left me desperate to know what happens to the character and one that has made me think how I would react in such a situation.

The story features a host of fabulous and well developed characters and the pace is electric. There are a couple of sub-plots developing alongside the main kidnap story, and a lesson in human survival. The character of Sarah is incredibly well developed, and there were stages in the book where I had to read on, to see how a situation developed... leading to some late nights reading!

Ultimately, for me, this book is about our need and desire to protect children. The book deals with the horrors of paedophilia in a gentle way, hinting only at the horrors without ever needing to explicitly describe it. Potter is excellent at letting the readers mind fill in the gaps, and Sarah's sacrifice to protect the child genuinely haunted me... I wonder if I could do the same, in a similar situation.

The book is excellently produced, and taking a look at the front cover shows just how much effort Potter has put into making this book as professional as possible. There are some indie books that I have read where the `packaging' of the book is almost an after thought. The other noticable thing with Chasing Innocence the editing; this book has clearly had a professional eye cast over it. Again I cannot stress enough just how important good editing is toteh reading experience. All too often I have read books that contradict themselves or have glaring typing errors in or poorly constructed sentences. When this happens it's distracting and interrupts the flow of the book. What Potter has done is ensured that the reader is gripped by this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Innocence - Excellent! 14 Feb 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought a Kindle and I wanted to see how downloading books worked. I saw 'Chasing Innocence' very reasonably priced, and I saw a free excerpt, downloaded it quickly and easily and started to read the first few chapters.
There was no way I could leave it there; when the free chapters ended I was hooked! I bought the full version (Kindle directed me straight to it - very easy transaction) and it was on my Kindle in about a minute.
I have to say that it is one of those books you can't put down, literally. I read it quickly and I would recommend it to anyone.
The other reviews give the storyline so I won't repeat it but the author's style is excellent.
I read about 3 books a week and this is one of the bet I've read in a while.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, violent thriller 9 April 2012
By Julia Flyte TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Sarah Sawacki was sexually abused as a child and she has carried the scars into adulthood. One afternoon, whilst waiting for her husband on a shopping expedition, she witnesses the abduction of a young girl, Andrea. She leaps into her car and follows the kidnapper for a journey of several hours. On the way she calls her husband Adam to update him on what is happening - until abruptly, communications cease. Her husband goes to the police, but then teams up with Brian, the father of the missing girl, to try to find Sarah and Andrea. Brian is ex-military and as hard as they come, determined to take any risk necessary to save his daughter.

This is a fast paced, gritty and violent thriller. It takes a couple of chapters to find its feet but once it's off and running, you're hooked. The characters have been well thought through and are all carrying their own emotional baggage of some kind. I wasn't entirely convinced by all of Sarah's actions, but this didn't prevent my enjoyment of the book. The action jumps between what's happening to Sarah and Andrea, Adam and Brian's efforts to find them and the police investigation. Until quite near the end it's not clear who is behind the abduction or what their motivations are. To add to the tension, the author also has no compunctions about killing off at least one major character along the way.

This is an accomplished debut novel which would appeal to fans of Neil Cross.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read debut novel 23 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This debut book has a very powerful & well written story line, it covers the horrible subject of child sex trade & the cruel world of criminals & how they will use family members to make a person suffer for something they did.

Sarah had a bad childhood & feels her innocence was lost & is now left with an adult life of not being able to trust anybody let alone let them get intimate with her until she meets Adam, the man she ends up trusting enough to marry him. Over time she rebuilds her life & Adam helps her deal with her childhood trauma.

Brian is ex- special forces & had to leave after him & his unit suffered a terrible tragedy when they were attacked whilst on active duty & Brian was left with a bad arm & back. But he has his children to come back but he can't settle into civilian life & ends up working as a bouncer/ doorman for a former unit member who owns a nightclub. His highlight is getting to see his daughter, Andrea, each weekend.

Then tragedy strikes again Andrea is targeted by some very cruel people from Brian's past & she is kidnapped by a paedophile working for the men who want Brian to pay for his past deeds. What this team of people don't count on is Sarah seeing Andrea disappearing & in a split second makes a decision that could end up killing her, she decides to follow the man carrying the box that doesn't seem the right weight for it's size.
This leads to her leaving a trail of messages for Adam begging him to pass it onto the police as she fears for the girl's life & she knows she will do whatever it takes to save that girl from the childhood she had.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This book did have quite good potential but the writing was just awful, grammatically poor, ridiculous use of commas making the narrative nonsensical. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars good story hard read sometimes
Held you in places bored you in others but overall a good read a bit to easy to guess the end
Published 1 month ago by Aanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller frontera Start to finish
Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended. A real roller coaster of a read. A woman who has been abused, a young girl who is kidnapped, a devoted husband and a devoted father. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DenMorris
4.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Innocence
An excellent read. A book you have to go back to just to know if the main characters are okay. As all good books should, it will keep you in suspense right until the end of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by A Yorkshire Lass
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - Recommended
I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book, however I got that I didn't want to put it done. Excellent
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Fast-paced non-stop action to save the loved ones.Hard to put down, well-written book with many unforgettable characters.I recommend it to everybody.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Loved this book read it over two days and couldnt put it down.its a fast paced read but has excellent characters who youvreally do care about. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling debut.
This is a terrific thriller that grabs you from the start and is a real page turner. I just couldn't put this book down. This was a debut novel.... brilliant. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars compulsive, dark, exhausting and uplifting
Ok, so I'm a cheapskate, and downloaded this as a freebie, but I am glad I did. This book is a difficult read at times; in terms of the content, but it is not salacious in either... Read more
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