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- Print Length: 378 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
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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.
An aspect of Brigitta Moon’s writing that I really admire is her ability to have so many threads and characters in her story and be in full control throughout the whole thing. The plot is complicated and the central theme of the rape of innocent young women is harrowing.
It is also “the story of a young boy whose father left as soon as he was born, because he was a little brown”…and an incompetent, promiscuous mother who drank. But we are never allowed to feel sorry for this young boy who develops into the villain of the piece: a cruel, vile, bullying, sadistic school coach – Terrence Jackson. Everybody has choices in life but he chose the wrong path.
There is a cast list of credible characters who all serve to oil the mechanics of this complex story: the investigating team of detectives Copeland and Romero (with his toothpick often in his mouth – nice touch) – and the young rookie, Billy; the various victims in different guises – either seeking revenge or coping with the awful trauma of rape; the young hero, Jonas – son of Terrence – (another interesting twist) and innocent, young heroine, Rose and her caring, “normal” family; Jeffrey Brodski – reluctant defense counsel, just to name a few. Then there is a scattering of cameo characters and they serve as light relief to what are sinister and shocking crimes. I particularly enjoyed Becky and her donuts. There are interesting glimpses of lesser characters – Devyn – the nurse who consoles Rose in hospital and gives a moving account of her own lost baby. Officer Thorn is another – who “wore a serious expression as if it was stitched in place.” All these descriptions place the story in the real world, which makes the theme even darker – that such wickedness can and does really happen.
On the whole I liked the author’s descriptions and original similes, but sometimes they were a little contrived. For example, when Rose starts to feel better after her ordeal: “She was feeling renewed. It was akin to cotton baby diapers drenched in fabric softener waving from a clothesline in the breeze.” She is a teenager and I can’t imagine a young girl thinking along those lines. A lawnmower “idled at the curb like a rowdy, uninvited neighbour.” I didn’t get that one either but, generally, the descriptions were good, especially when introducing new characters, such as the garage owner. I could really picture him. And Abigail (another victim) describes herself being slung on Terrence’s shoulders “like a bag of dirty laundry in a bedroom”. That really got to me – showing the contempt Terrence had for his victims.
I applaud Moon’s talent for structure – what skill she has to keep the momentum spinning. The chapters are short and breathy, nothing is irrelevant and most end on a cliff-hanger, with a move to a different scene in the subsequent chapter, so that we are always anxious to know what will happen next. She is a skilful, organised writer. I was pleased that at the end of this rollercoaster, there was a positive conclusion, to make my “heart…light”.
But justice can come in unexpected ways, and sometimes it takes a village ... and, perhaps, a ghost (or several) from the past. Revenge is a dish best served cold. There are some surprising twists and turns in the plot. The story never lags; it moves quickly, taking the reader along for the ride. The chapters are arranged with alternating scenes from one to the next, with the effect that most chapters end with cliffhangers. This in turn makes for a book that's hard to put down!
Author Brigitta Moon is a good storyteller; the plot is solid, the characters believable, the narrative fast-paced. A recommended read for fans of the thriller/drama/crime-and-punishment genres.
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