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Chasing Innocence [Kindle Edition]

John Potter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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AWARDS FOR CHASING INNOCENCE
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

ABOUT CHASING INNOCENCE
‘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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 564 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Creative Crow; 2 edition (February 3, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006Z0KYEQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Less gore would have made it 5 stars April 30, 2013
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The first half of this book had me captivated and totally engrossed in the characters. Unfortunately the 2nd half had way too much violence for my taste. I don't consider myself squeamish but I skipped whole paragraphs at times. It's one thing to evoke the idea of violence, but reading description after description of torture isn't my thing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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John Potter has produced one of the better indie novels I've come across. Emotions, actions and scenes flow through his writing, allowing your mind to fill in the blanks and paint a mental movie that engages you from one page to the next. Other reviews describe the story in more detail, so I won't repeat what's already been said. Instead I'll focus on how the book made me feel and the writing.

Potter skillfully puts the reader in the mind of the protagonist, Sarah Sawacki. Sarah's past bedevils her relationship with her husband, and makes her a suspect in what most of us in the so-called civilized world would consider one of the worst crimes a human can commit upon another. Through her bravery, sacrifices and pure will, Sarah protects that which is priceless and through the process transforms and recaptures some of her lost dignity and innocence. I could feel her pain, sorrow and raw determination radiate through Potter's prose. As a fellow writer, I am envious of his character development! If there was one sub-theme to Chasing Innocence, it would be "Justice."

No book is perfect, right? There was one patch about 40% through where I thought the story bogged down during some of the dialogue between detectives Ferreira and Boer. I thought it went on for too long, and wasn't sure where it was going, however, that's just my opinion. I suspect most others won't care, because the rest of the story grabs your gut and refuses to let go. At times, I found myself truly angry, wanting to jump into the scene to help Sarah escape, which proves Potter is skilled at his craft.

What surprised me is that Potter isn't afraid to kill off main characters, which is a sign of a mature writer, and realistic. That made the story all the more impactful. If you like thrillers, especially those that put strong women in difficult circumstances, then Chasing Innocence deserves your time.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Remember long After you Read it June 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
First i will like to thank D. Stilwell (Obligation Series author) for recommender me this book(thanks Don).
My only regret is that i had this book in my kindle for almost three weeks before i start reading it. If i knew then what i know now i would have start reading it from the first moment.
What an amazing book..i'm not going to write about the story much (i never do that anyway)you can read about that in all the other very good reviews of this book.
But i will like to say a few things about the writing of Mr Potter ....like what i like the most and what make me put this writer in my "Must Read List"
In this book ...you can feel the agony of a parent for his child ...his need to do anything and everything ....You can understand his physically and emotionally power like you are actually in the same room with him and live all his effort in first-hand....You can put yourself in the mind of sexual abuse woman ...and feel her fear not to go thru all this again....You can even related with a small child and see how she think when all of her life as she knew was taken away from her.
This is how vivid and full of emotion his writing is.... And this is why i will remember this book for a long long time.
As a parent this book bring me face to face with my worst nightmare and give me a lesson how one should react in time like this .....not that i wish that to anyone ..or most of all to my family .
I want to say thank you to Mr Potter for this wonderful book he share with us ...and i can't wait to read any new book from him
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, violent thriller April 8, 2012
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.

This book was given to me for review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I thought this was a very good read and it held my interest from the beginning to the end. Bravo to the writer, John Potter,
Published 19 days ago by Quitman Warren
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ
This is a dark and violent thriller, not for everyone.

Our heroine Sarah sees a little girl being forced into a van and gives chase. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Cheryl B. Dale
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
What I order.
Published 1 month ago by cheap buyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
great plot! The plot moves you right along with the characters and let's you know what each of them are thinking.
Published 1 month ago by Kayole
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner!
Couldn't put it down with so many twists. Strongly recommend but hard to read if you love and admire a child's innocence and how it is lost through predators.
Published 1 month ago by S. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner for sure
the story starts off with enough confusion about time place n person to keep you flipping pages to figure out what's what. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Linda S Pomeroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written book
I could not put this book down with twists an turns an action packed all the way through! great reading.
Published 2 months ago by Marcia
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
good reading some unreal moments at times you can not set it down because you are not sure what will happen next
Published 2 months ago by jeri
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story
This book strikes the perfect balance of mystery with " on the edge of your seat suspense". The characters are interesting and help make this a great story
Published 2 months ago by Patti Zapf
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More About the Author

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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