Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said—no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.
Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence to prove that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter? Despite the odds, the questions push Dani to take the case.
For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But he’s ready to talk, and if the story he tells Dani is true, it changes everything.
©2012 Marti Green (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I can sum it up in one word, "Intense."
"The Chamber" or "The Innocent Man" both by John Grisham, because of the intense anxiety that you feel for the legal team, and the defendant (The Chamber). In addition to these feelings you can't help but feel anger and frustration toward the legal system willing to execute a man without a sense of justice behind it (The Innocent Man).
You hear the voice of each character. As a listener Eby allows you to hear the thoughts, emotions, priorities, and sensations of each and every character. Eby transitions so well you don't always realize that you only have one professional narrator. She is absolutely amazing.
When George is telling the story of what really happened to his daughter, I was driving down the interstate. It was necessary for me to take a moment and remind myself that this story is a fictional story. It was nothing happening to anyone I know or love. This was the only way to keep from crying while driving down the road.
The book wasn't even over when I was searching Marti Green to see if there was a sequel to this book. I was nearly bereft at the thought of losing any contact with these characters. Sounds a bit dramatic doesn't it? Well, so it is. But I have read the Harry Potter novels over and over because I just can't say good bye to people I have learned to like and respect without a fight.
For the record, this is a debut novel. There are no additional writings by this author at this time. I seriously hope I will hear more from Marti Green.
The story in this read was very interesting. The characters were plausible and the outline of the story was fresh and not trodden down a beaten path. I gave this book 4 stars because of the profanity sprinkled throughout the read. At first it was only mildly present, it was the normal language preference for one of the characters. Toward the end the use of profanity grew for this character so that it became annoying to me. Apart from that it could have been a 5 star read for me.
Addicted to books, but especially to audiobooks!
Love the story line from the beginning. If you are a supporter of the Death Penalty, this book might make you reconsider your position. The main character, Dani Trumball, is an attorney that works with the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, she is confronted with the decision of taking on a new case to defend George Calhoun, a man that is on death row and only a few weeks away from his execution. He and his wife were convicted of murdering their your daughter 17 years earlier, but claims that they did not commit this crime. What follows is an intense chase for the truth and evidence, filled with lots of interesting twits and turns. I stayed hours awake last night because I needed to hear the conclusion to the story.
The book it's at moments very intense, with many of the characters involved on a crazy chase for evidence in order to save a man's life, at the same time it has moments moments of introspection that make you think and consider (or perhaps even reconsider) your position on the death penalty.
I have enjoyed Tanya Eby's performances before, specifically narrating the Rizzoli & Isles series, but I absolutely love her voices on this audiobook, both males and females. She is the rare narrator that can incorporate many different characters of both sexes, without annoying you (at least not me!)
There's a moment where Dani is in the prison cell with George, just a few hours from execution, awaiting a decision on their request for a stay and it surprised me how emotional I became, it's a very powerful moment in the book...
If you like Legal Thrillers, you will probably enjoy this one, very much worth the credit!!. I look forward to more books by this author.
They say authors should write what they know, and I assume Marti Green did some of that, but not the parts that interested me. I thought the premise sounded promising, with murdered children in the woods and someone facing execution for it; but the parts dealing with the legal proceedings and private investigations were disappointingly weak, while most of the book focused on the humdrum dealings of working and stay-at-home moms dealing with disabled and diseased offspring. There are good books out there dealing with those subjects, but I wasn't expecting it in a murder mystery. All that aside, it was just appalling how inept virtually all the professionals seemed. Total amateurs. I like to learn something from legal, medical, and police procedural novels that I read, though I know they are fiction; but this one taught me nothing. And I knew whodunit almost from the start. No challenge.
As for the narrator: though I usually really like that kind of light fast-paced voice, NOT when it's having to strain that much to differentiate a bunch of male voices. It kinda hurts to listen to that. They do make computer equipment that can simulate voices, if she really thinks she needs to sound like a man. Seems like it would be a good investment, if for no other reason than to protect her own perfectly lovely voice. Really, you can get nodules on your vocal cords fooling around like that.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (legal suspense) - George says he didn't kill his daughter, but no one has listened to him for almost two decades...until he meets Dani. She must race against the clock -- and the legal system -- to prove his innocence and safe his life. And if the girl's body isn't George's daughter, who is she?
The story is set in New York and Indiana, and the crime being investigated happened many years ago before DNA evidence was widely used. (In other words, this case would be simple to unravel today). Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's just mysterious and suspenseful enough to entertain, but not so much that I was stressed out trying to keep thing straight. The listener will be part of the criminal investigation process as Dani tries to figure out who the dead girl is and who killed her, as well as Dani's efforts as an attorney to plead George's case.
PERFORMANCE - Good job.
OVERALL - This is a good book for everyone, as there is no sex or bad language. It is Book 1 of a series, but it stands alone. I will be continuing with the series.
Definitely a 5 star story, enjoyed every minute of it. Felt as if I was a part of the story, hated to put it down. The characters are well portrayed and felt empathy for them. Can't wait to start another book by Marti Green.
Enjoyed the narrator, easy to understand and will listen to other books she narrates.
I love espionage and detective thrillers but will listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...to save the life of your 4 year old child?
Unintended Consequences is Book 1 of the Innocent Prisoners Project series of legal thrillers. I have already reviewed the second and third novels in the series and have pre-ordered the 4th (First Offense) which will be released on May 10, 2016.
This book forces the listener to answer the question in the headline above. As the father of three, now middle age adults, and with six grandchildren I love more than I could ever express, I must admire what the man on death row in this novel did to save his 4 year old daughter's life. He gave up his daughter so she could live and received the death penalty for her death although she was alive.
The suspense in this novel is constant and intense. The emotional impact, on me at least, is strong.
Maybe a socially conscious teenager.
First and probably last one.
The narrator did a great job with sad material. However, her male voices tended to sound pretty much all e same.
Irritation! Could have been good story but it was so dumbed down it was sad. Character development poor. The repetitive mind mulling by Dani about all her parental issues and feelings about capital punishment got me grumbling, "Okay, okay, enough is enough, get on with the story.
Not gorey, and not too stressful. I could listen and drive and work. My second only audible book, and it is fulfilling to listen to a book while I'm driving.
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