I am delighted today to be re-sharing with you all, my review for Guilty Innocence by Maggie James as part of the Bloodhound Books Christmas Crackers Blog Tour. Enjoy!
When Natalie snoops through her boyfriend Mark’s possessions she finds more than she bargained for. Mark was once convicted of a brutal killing. Heartbroken by what she has discovered, Natalie’s dreams of a future with him collapse.
However, Mark was not the only person sentenced for the murder of two-year-old Abby Morgan. His former friend, the violent and twisted Adam Campbell, was also convicted and Adam knows more about the murder than he will admit.
When circumstances thrust Mark back in contact with Adam, the past comes back to haunt him. Can Mark ever break free from Adam? Will the truth ever come out?
Guilty Innocence is quite a hard book to review. Why you may ask? Well that would be the subject matter. This really is not going to be for every one. As soon as I started it, it reminded me instantly of the Jamie Bulger case. It is one that will certainly intrigue the reader without a doubt but the actual murder of little Abby was hard going I have to admit. I will say a big BUT though, as it is without a doubt my favourite book by this author and is one that readers should give a chance as, apart from the murder, it is an emotionally charged read that will have the reader struggling to put down.
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!
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
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Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
Goodreads Author Page:http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/828751.Maggie_James