- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3108 KB
- Print Length: 344 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Orelia Publishing (30 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FXXXZGU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 168 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #98,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Guilty Innocence Kindle Edition
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There is something that has always fascinated me about killers, sometimes it makes me feel a bit of a freak but I think it is normal that people want to know why someone would take another persons life and what makes them do it. Mark though isn’t a brutal killer and he wants to clear his name. Mark I took to straight away. You can tell instantly he is a genuinely nice guy who has been dealt a really bad hand from life. A day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t think of Abby and the devastation that it has left behind. He desperately wants a normal life but can’t see how he will ever have it. My heart really went out to him as I wondered if he would ever find that peace that he was desperately in search for.
Natalie I have to admit got on my nerves. Don’t get me wrong, finding out your boyfriend is a child killer certainly can not be easy. Yes she has her issues also which I could relate to but because of them she is highly insecure and it sometimes made me wonder what Mark even saw in her.
I really had no idea where the author would go with this story line. I couldn’t possibly for see any happy endings in this type of book and wondered what the whole outcome would be. I have to say she took me totally by surprise and in a very good way. I won’t go into the ending as the less you know about it the better but I will say for me, it was just brilliant, totally loved it.
Guilty Innocence is a heart wrenching roller coaster of a read. From the opening chapter, the author commandeered my attention and with a hard hitting story line I was well and truly captivated throughout. Bravo!
When Natalie finds the letter in her boyfriend’s belongings it doesn’t take long for her to put two and two together and definitely get four! And as before half of me wondered whether or not he was hoping for her to discover the truth before they got too serious and he invested in a relationship that could come crashing down at any time. Unfortunately, Natalie is also about to have her own nightmares brought to the surface when she confronts Mark about his past.
But for me, I was on edge right from the start knowing that the murder of a small child was coming up. And although not graphically described, it is a violent and sustained attack on an innocent 2 year old girl. Of course people will raise comparisons with a very high profile murder case back in the Nineties and there is definitely a familiar feel to the circumstances. But Maggie James has given her crime a familiar starting point from which she has then layered her own story and possibilities surrounding such an abhorrent murder by two 11 year old boys.
The plot here is hard hitting with a few twists you won’t see coming. I did get frustrated with some of the characters especially Mark and Natalie as they could have made things so much easier for themselves but that’s life I suppose, hindsight is a wonderful thing! And I found myself questioning again what makes people evil enough to act in such a way? Are psychopaths born or does the way we are raised in our formative years mould our future behaviours and relationships? And can it ever be reversed and a murderer ever feel true remorse for what they have done? All this was going through my head as I watch the early relationship between Mark and Adam and compared it to the grown men they had become.
I read a similar book recently and have to say that I much preferred this book mainly due to the authors approach to the horrendous things that happen here. She doesn’t shy away from using terrifyingly realistic situations but in such a way for us to work through our own fears. Her use of other issues such as rape, self harm and body shaming could cause triggers in some readers but are once again used as an integral part of the plot. Although this book had a very dark and disturbing premise and I did find it very upsetting at times, it was never gratuitous in its exploration of human nature at its worst. A tough read but worth it.