Guilty Innocence by Maggie James

Today I have the great honour of being part of the blog tour for Maggie James’s novel Guilty Innocence, in its new rereleased form from Bloodhound books.

The novel is about:

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?

My thoughts:

I always love Maggie’s style of writing, she’s not afraid to go to dark places and explores crime noir fiction in a really interesting way. However there were points especially at the start where I found this novel uncomfortable reading especially with it’s parallels to real life. It is genuinely worth sticking with though because she moves the story on and makes you think about events in a whole new light. Maggie is a genius at creating characters that you start out despising and then showing you new facets of their personalities as the story develops.

I can think of few other writers that handles these topics as well as Maggie James she is a shining example of all that is good about UK crime fiction and a real must read for fans of books like the Widow. These are refreshingly different crime reads that never feature policemen or PI’s as their lead characters and that for me makes them all the more interesting. If i could give this book more than 5* I would, Maggie James is an author who never lets you down.

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