- File Size: 1427 KB
- Print Length: 347 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1542692989
- Publisher: BMB Books (April 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XZ8ZBHC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,639 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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GUILTY: A Marston Thriller (A Marston Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Miss Moon soon gets down to the story and shortly after meeting the teenage schoolgirl, Rose, the main protagonist, we are told that she had claimed to have been raped by the school coach, and that he had been found innocent. Naturally, the trauma does not end there for Rose or her family who believe her, despite the fact that the school administration and all the pupils support the popular, charismatic coach.
However, Rose does have a few supporters too: particularly her family and a small group of police officers, all of whose instincts tell them that Rose is telling the truth.
From here, it is a windy route to the truth, told in a slightly florid manner, but not enough to slow the pace of the book. The characters are also well-drawn and plentiful.
Guilty is fast-paced and very enjoyable, but what let's it down especially is the grammar, and inattention to some details.
First the grammar. Miss Moon's use of the comma, or rather, lack of its use, is annoying and sometimes forces the reader to halt in order to reread a phrase. The most common error is in this vein: "It's big Dick!"; instead of, "It's big, Dick!".
As for lack of attention to detail, Miss Moon calls Rose's family name 'Cantor' sometimes, and other times, 'Canter', and there are about half-a-dozen cases where the autofill has selected the wrong, but similar word to the one intended. There were a several cases where phrases seemed incomplete to me, as in: 'She pulled on her tennis'. Tennis is a game to the vast majority of readers in the world, but perhaps it is slang for tennis shoes in Maryland. We also have two instances of people shaking their head to mean 'Yes' in chapter 67, but perhaps they were Greek.
The story hangs together well, but we do hear Officer Thorn announce in chapter 69 that there is a room full of raped girls, when he couldn't have known who they were. The title suits the storyline, but the cover a little less so.
In short, this is a good novel, but it could be greatly improved with good editing, which is the reason why I am giving it a four out of five.
Well done, Miss Moon, I enjoyed reading Guilty and would read a sequel.
The basic story of the book is that a popular high school coach has been charged with rape by his son Jonas’s girlfriend, Rose. At the start of the book, he’s found not guilty—even though he is, of course. Not surprisingly, she’s not his first victim, and others have banded together, determined to see him brought to justice. That, and Rose’s struggle to come to grips with what happened, as well as what Jonas is going through, is a good story.
In my opinion, however, it reads more like a first draft than a final version. A copyedit could catch punctuation, grammar, and typos—things like words being singular when they should be plural and vice-versa. But there are also things that just don’t make sense, especially how the police handle the situation toward the end. I don’t want to be specific and give spoilers, but I will say that it wouldn’t as difficult to nail the guy—considering the evidence they had—as the author makes it sound.
I also had a problem with too much unnecessary description of stuff that only needed limited description, if any. Of course, that may just be a personal preference of mine, and other readers might like it. Some of the characters also seemed to be stereotypes. For example, a seventy-year-old minor character was referred to as Pops and comments made about how surprising it was he had a good memory. (This made me think the author might be young.) And there’s the male cop who constantly chews on a toothpick and refers to at least one other character as a “little lady.” I did like the character of Becky, who worked in the detectives section, especially the way she referred to herself in the third person. She seemed real, as did Rose and Jonas.
As I said, the basic story is good, but I’m giving it three stars because I think it needs some work.
I really sympathized with and enjoyed Rose’s character. For everything that she went through, she stayed strong and held her head high. I thought she really carried the story by enduring everything that was thrown at her the way that she did. All in all, Guilty was definitely a roller-coaster ride of emotional horror, heartbreak, and suspense.
Rose was a strong character, and so easy to sympathize with. I think that made it all the more powerful to feel what she endured long after the initial victimization and miscarriage of justice. Even when the reasons became clear for why he was such a despicable human, I still despised the coach and pitied every person unfortunate enough to know him, especially Jonas, who I think I attached to the strongest of all the characters.
This isn’t a light read, as the topic is a real and hard one, but it is a good well written story that sends a strong message. I recommend it.
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