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?
What does TWG think?
Oh.My.God. You’ll know that I like an ‘out-of-comfort-zone’ book as much as the next person. Y’know, a storyline to keep you on your toes. But this one, wow. It hopped, skipped, jumped AND flew over my comfort zone to the point it became uncomfortable.
Now, before you ask ‘well why did you continue reading then?’, Maggie James’ novel made me so uncomfortable that I couldn’t put it down. That sounds a bit contradictory doesn’t it? Let me explain..
The storyline itself is a parents worst nightmare and the thought of that becoming a reality was just too much. That said, James most certainly knows how to reel you into a novel and keep you there until the very end, regardless of whether you’re squirming. So yes, whilst I did find it very, very difficult to read, I cannot fault the author at all for her style of writing and addictive plot. Does that make sense now? Good.
Two boys, a two-year old child, and a murder; sound familiar? As soon as I realised who was involved and when, it brought back memories of a high-profile murder back in the nineties which involved two young boys, and a child. For me, the fact that I had seen a similar scenario on the news many years ago made James’ scenario become a whole lot more realistic. Don’t get me wrong, James knows how to create a realistic storyline, but the memory of the murder in the news amplified James’ crime tenfold.
I didn’t want to stop reading, at all; even though my heart was telling me to! I’m still in awe over Maggie James’ addictive writing. Not only did the author keep the suspense factor the whole way through, the amount of gritty moments seemed to be never-ending and kept their depth throughout the duration of the storyline. Graphic, but gritty.
As for the characters, I struggled with Natalie in general. Whilst I fully admit that finding out that her boyfriend is a killer must have been devastating, the way that Natalie came across was as though she belonged on the stage; drama, drama, drama. I also couldn’t seem to work out Mark, my opinion of them both changed multiple times throughout!
Overall, whilst I fully admit that subject made me feel really uncomfortable and was a little bit too far out of my comfort zone to enjoy fully, I thoroughly enjoyed the levels of suspense. For me, the main star of the show was Maggie James as, not only did she manage to stir up some emotion from deep within, she also managed to keep me engrossed in the bare bones of the novel with her chilling level of shock.
Such a spine tingling, chilling, shock factor of a book, Guilty Innocence left its mark in my mind and covered me head to toe in goosebumps. Fantastic storytelling from author Maggie James.
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