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Guilty Innocence - a Psychological Suspense Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Maggie James
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A gritty novel examining child murder and dysfunctional families

Two eleven-year-old boys.

One two-year-old girl.

A murder that shocked the nation.

Ten years after being convicted of the brutal killing of a toddler, Mark Slater, formerly Joshua Barker, is released on parole from prison. Only the other boy jointly sentenced for Abby Morgan’s murder, the twisted and violent Adam Campbell, knows the truth. That Mark played no part in Abby’s death.

Four years later, Mark’s on-off girlfriend discovers a letter revealing his conviction as a child killer. At risk of having his protective cover made public, Mark’s need to confront the injustice of his sentence becomes overwhelming. Desperate to find answers, he initiates a friendship with Abby’s older sister, something strictly prohibited by the terms of his parole. Rachel Morgan, however, unaware of Mark’s former identity, is battling her own emotional demons.

Meanwhile, circumstances have thrust Mark back in contact with Adam Campbell, who, aged twenty-five, is more domineering and chilling than ever. Can Mark rewrite history and confront his nemesis?

A gritty novel examining child murder and dysfunctional families, Guilty Innocence tells of one man’s struggle to break free from his past.

A selection of Amazon reviews for Guilty Innocence

“I couldn't put it down. I was involved with the characters from page 1 and the twists and turns in the storyline captivated me. It's raunchy, but the sex is never overdone or out of context, and funny and heartbreaking in equal measures. Brilliant. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good read”.

“Another "must read" from Maggie James,"Guilty Innocence" investigates the histories and human relationships of its characters,forensically, until their component parts are laid bare. Where does true guilt lie? What really constitutes blame? Who can be held ultimately responsible? These questions and many more are answered with consummate skill and attention to detail by the author. Each character is gradually stripped back to his or her very kernel as the story unfolds in a surprisingly entertaining manner,considering the somewhat unsavoury subject matter at its core. This is a strong and uncompromising story of complex and often toxic alliances where weakness and strength are frequently interchangable, truth is questioned and lies accepted,you will be drawn in to the intricacies of this masterful tale, expertly told”.

“Another really good story from Maggie that drew me in and grabbed my attention right from the start. It explores the tragic mess of emotions and mental suffering of not just the people left to pick up the pieces following a shocking crime, but those of Mark Slater, as he is now known, in his attempt to come to terms with his involvement in it and face his demons. Each of the characters have their own problems and issues which are dealt with sensitively, and it is interesting how they approach the idea of guilty innocence. I found myself quite unable to put this book down until I had reached the satisfying finale”.

“Guilty Innocence is a gripping read right from the first page when you start asking questions about the characters and immediately there are things you want to know. The people in it are engaging - even when you aren't sure you should engage with them! - and I was very pleased with the ending (which can so often let a book down, particularly when it's been dramatic throughout). I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes a literary thriller and peeking inside other peoples' heads”.

“A thoughtful, well-plotted and compelling read that keeps delivering surprises…arguably Maggie James' best work to date”.

Delve into one man's struggle to break free from his past...



Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels. The first draft of her first novel, entitled His Kidnapper’s Shoes, was written whilst travelling in Bolivia. Maggie was inspired by an impending birthday along with a healthy dose of annoyance at having procrastinated for so long in writing a novel. His Kidnapper’s Shoes was published in both paperback and e-book format in 2013, followed by her second novel, entitled Sister, Psychopath. Her third novel, Guilty Innocence, has now been published, and like her first two, features her home city of Bristol. She is currently working on her fourth novel. Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a short 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 walking dogs and fostering homeless cats; animals are a lifelong love!

Product Details

  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Orelia Publishing (December 31, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FXXXZGU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,450 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 8, 2014
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A scary look at dysfunctional families and lives. Thrilling and deep down scary. The book was well written, and you could really relate to the pain of being convicted of a crime you didn't commit.

One of those books you simply can't put down. A surprising thrill ride of a journey that you can't put down. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good story June 26, 2014
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The story is good, but there is more language in it than I like. I didn't find most of it to be necessary to the story itself.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deep, Dark Thriller March 3, 2014
By Beth
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I've lately become quite a fan of the author and have enjoyed some of her other books so I knew this would be equally good.

I have to admit that I spent much of the book truly disliking Natalie and her sneaking, deceitful ways. Even if Mark were guilty no one deserves a girlfriend like that. It's a testament to the author's talent that she can write such a disagreeable character who provokes such a strong response.

This was such a deep, dark, thought provoking story. It was a fast read but it stayed with me even after I turned the last page. Mark's journey and struggle to prove his innocence was so emotional and suspenseful that it left me mentally exhausted but it was totally worth every moment that I spent holding my breath!

This was another excellent book by a truly talented author. Thriller fans are sure to thoroughly enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Suspenseful July 9, 2014
By Becky
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Mark Slater, aka Joshua Barker is a convicted child murderer from ten years ago. Supposedly he and Adam Campbell brutally tortured, beat and murdered little Abby Morgan. But Mark knows he did not kill this child. Mark is under a different identity, working and having a relationship with Natalie and has to check in with his parole officer frequently. He is to have no contact with Adam, the Morgan family, or even go anywhere near the spot where she was killed. Natalie found a letter and she discovers who this boyfriend of hers really is and dumps him. She has enough issues of her own from almost being raped as a child. Mark goes off to try and ease his conscience by getting close to Abby Morgans sister, Rachel. He needs to see how his actions affected all those involved so he can put this to rest. He also finds himself in contact with the evil, psychopath Adam again. Mark needs to make things good and set things straight. Even if it costs him Natalie, his freedom and maybe even his life. I really enjoyed this suspenseful book. It was scarey and shocking. I started to figure plot out about half way through. The language was a little raw and the typo's frequent. I really enjoyed the story line and the powerful characters. Very gripping and believable. I really want to read more this authors work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkably done February 20, 2014
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Guilty Innocence is the tale of a man who has had to serve time for a crime that he didn't commit. The murder of a child is a devastating crime to be accused of, and even worse to have been imprisoned for. Nonetheless, he finally gets out of prison and tries everything to start a new life. Unfortunately, things do not go according to plan for Mark. He has to face his demons and try to find a way to prove his innocence. This book is emotionally draining and full of suspense and surprises. I could not put this book down. Maggie James is a stellar author, and I applaud her amazing work on this book. The writing is smooth and full of imagery that you feel as if you're there with Mark throughout every scene. The dark tone of the book keeps you on edge and you cannot help but hope that somehow, despite opposition, everything will be all right.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping Thriller! A+ February 19, 2014
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As usual, Maggie James has written an astounding novel. "Guilty Innocence" is an incredible tale of child murder and deceit. I literally could not put this book down. The characters in this story are well developed and are very believable. The story is written well, and the dialog is easy to follow. I just had to keep reading to find out what happened between Mark and the terrible Adam. If you are into mystery and suspense novels, then be sure to read this one, I highly recommend it. Thumbs Up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting psychological suspense thriller! August 14, 2014
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If you’ve ever tried to separate the variety of flavors swirling together in a fully-loaded ice cream sundae, dripping with succulent tastes, you know the impossibility. Well, Maggie James does something equally impossible with Guilty Innocence, her psychological suspense, in which she separates an intricate mosaic of the human psyche. And she succeeds.

James serves the reader a shocking event in the first few pages of her novel. But rather than leave you with a simplistic journalistic version, she meticulously peels off the layers of complex psychological connections between and among the characters. The author gives the reader plenty of time to know the full dimensions of her intriguing characters.

The story of Guilty Innocence slowly wraps the characters in a web of emotion and deliberation that catches the reader off guard. Keeping the reader guessing is a hallmark of Maggie James as she comfortably exposes her story, while stripping the psychological cover-ups from the souls of her characters. Yes, you’ll see everything, up close, as if sitting in the jury box of a courtroom.

Be prepared to find yourself in a dilemma, as you deliberate the deeper meaning of Guilty Innocence. The author gives the reader all the pieces, but as judge and jury you’ll still be pondering the “what ifs” long after you turn the last page. That’s what I enjoy about Maggie James’s books, her stories continue to resonate.

With that in mind, as a reader, I’m “guilty” of enjoying Guilty Innocence, but I innocently award it Five Gold Stars. Another splendid piece of writing, Ms. James!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Really enjoyed it
Great read. Really enjoyed it.
Published 7 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a great mystery!
Published 1 month ago by C. George
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Kept me wanting to know what was going to happen next. Couldn't put it down. Great job Maggie James. I will definitely read more of your books.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Reality bites.
This book started a little slow for me, but if you can get through the first few chapters it does pick up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Kept my attention. suspenseful, great characters, even enjoyed the ending. I recommend this. . . . . . . .
Published 4 months ago by LisaLisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping! Could not put it down! Excellent psychological thriller.
I really enjoyed this novel, the third book written by Maggie James but the first I have read, I'll definitely be reading the others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed it - kept me guessing until the end of the book
Published 5 months ago by janda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a really good read. It keeps you reading. It has some great twists and really good storylines.
Published 6 months ago by Stephanie J. Swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 6 months ago by Linda Riddell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
have not read it yet, but the author usually does it well.
Published 6 months ago by B. R. Tredrea
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More About the Author

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.

The first draft of her first novel, entitled His Kidnapper's Shoes, was written whilst travelling in Bolivia. Maggie was inspired by an impending milestone birthday along with a healthy dose of annoyance at having procrastinated for so long in writing a novel. His Kidnapper's Shoes was published in both paperback and e-book format in 2013, followed by her second novel, entitled Sister, Psychopath. Her third novel, Guilty Innocence, like her first two, features her home city of Bristol. She has recently published her fourth novel, The Second Captive.

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!

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