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5.0 out of 5 starsReminded me......
Reviewed in the United States on June 27, 2019
Of the 1996 movie "Fallen" with Denzel Washington. By touch, the entity could possess another person or jump to another at will. That being said, I felt somewhat in tune with the story. Also, I have been a child advocate a very long time and am aware of the atrocities performed on children who end up with loss of life and mostly, their innocence, Kudos to the author, it felt as though I was personally hunting the killer with them. Good read, thanks!
5.0 out of 5 starsNot pleasant for a parent to read
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2012
Reading this author is like watching those old horror movies where you constantly tell the characters to do something different - but they never do. "Don't go down the dark corridor" you say, but sure enough down they go. Yes, McBride can really engage a reader because he is true to the genre. This means a little predictability - but I am fine with that.
I must admit that this book genuinely disturbed me like no other. I am the father of a young girl and the description of the victim's last minutes was way too graphic for me. I had to stop reading for a day and also checked my daughter's bedroom twice through the night. I also gave her another lecture on stranger danger this morning. All because of this book! So if you are a parent and easily upset - don't even consider this book - or at least be prepared to skip some pages as I ended up doing.
It is a gritty, tragic book that was well worth the money. One thing is for certain, McBride always fulfills the author/reader contract.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2013
4.5 stars. I first read 'Bloodletting' by this author and enjoyed it enough to look for more of his works. That sounds a bit lukewarm but, from me, it's high praise. I very rarely find an author (especially a new author) whose work impresses me enough to read all - or indeed 'another'- of their stories; in fact I think it has only happened a few times in kindle-land (moreso in paperback city). Innocents Lost; This is sometimes hard to read as a parent - because it involves the deliberate hurting of children. However, it does make it easier to empathise with the protagonist (and later a second protagonist). If your child was taken away, and you suspected killed in a heinous manner, wouldn't YOU want to move heaven and earth to find and punish the perpetrator? I know I would, even though I, unlike the lead actor, wouldn't have the FBI as my employer to help me do this more effectively. There are almost 'magical' elements to the story too (perhaps supernatural, perhaps biblical, perhaps neither)as well as raw visceral moments. Don't read it if you're squeamish or easily disturbed. Another bonus - it's a 'proper' book length - not a fast read but a full delicious meal.
As other reviewers pointed out, Michael McBride's novel INNOCENTS LOST, is not a book for those squeamish when it comes to gruesome details. The story begins with every parents' worst nightmare--the abduction of a child. McBride then adds the killing touches. This is an adrenaline-fueled ride from start to--unexpected--finish. There are plenty of gory descriptions and emotional trauma to captivate even the most demanding of horror fans. The underlying supernatural theme brings the storyline together perfectly, leading in a direction that I was unable to predict until the very end.
I purchased this after reading McBride's novella, SNOWBLIND, and I will certainly be adding his name to my list of "must-buy" authors. Highly recommended!!
This was the first book by Michael McBride that i read. I'd seen his name for a while on the various horror places, like Horror Mall and such and decided to give him a try. And i was glad i did. Innocents Lost is a well written, hard-core, gruesome, not for the faint of heart, mystery novel with a touch of the supernatural. Horror fans and well as crime fans will like this book. McBride doesnt pull any punches and you may be surprised by some of the events. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 starsDeeply disturbing thriller with a supernatural twist
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2014
Innocents Lost is another tense psychological thriller from Michael McBride, with a supernatural twist and some pretty emotional hard hitting subject matter in the kidnapping and murder of innocent children.
Six years ago FBI agent Philip Preston was enjoying his daughters 10 year birthday party, in one of the most poignant and dramatic first chapters of a book I can ever remember reading, his daughter is taken and life deals a cruel twist to a man whose job it is to investigate child abduction cases.
Dr Lester Grant responds to an emailed picture of possibly the greatest anthropological discovery of a lifetime, he sets out with a bunch of his students to see if the pictures of a genuine medicine wheel could actually be real. What they discover couldn’t be any more horrific, the cairns cover the bodies of missing children from far and wide but even more disturbing is the dvd’s that accompany the bodies.
For some reason a trail is left and systematically a group of people are being led to the cairns in a very clever, deeply disturbing thriller that will ring through every parent’s soul, if you can bring yourself to read it.
Mit "Innocents" Lost liefert Michael McBride einen Thriller ab, der genau die drei Worte des Titels verdient.
SCHNELL: McBrides Story um die beiden Helden Phil Preston und Keith Dandridge wird zügig entwickelt und spitzt sich immer weiter zielstrebig zu. Zeit zum Luft holen bleibt da kaum. Sowohl Prestons wie auch Dandridges Tochter wurden entführt und umgebracht. Prestons und Dandridges folgende Suche nach Rache zieht sich über Jahre. Diese zeitliche Überbrückung wird von McBride vorbildlich gelöst, das Pacing leidet nicht.
HART: Nicht nur der Mörder geht mit unglaublicher Brutalität vor, auch Preston und Dandridge agieren wie Menschen, die alles verloren haben und nichts mehr zu verlieren haben. Dennoch gelingt es McBride, die beiden deutlich vom Mörder abzugrenzen. Sollten Sie schwache Nerven haben und/oder zart besaitet sein, lesen Sie erst mal in "Innocents Lost" rein, das ist teilweise schon heftiger Tobak.
SPANNEND: Wie schon gesagt, die Geschwindigkeit des Roman ist Atem beraubend. Hinzu kommt eine hohe Spannung, was sicherlich auch mit dem ständigen Druck der beiden zusammenhängt, die nächsten Mord vielleicht wieder nicht verhindern zu können. Interessant ist auch der mystische und übersinnliche Charakter der ganzen Story, der - was schade ist - letztendlich nicht befriedigend aufgelöst wird.
Trotz des kleinen Abstriches ein absoluter Reißer für Freunde der Genre Thriller/Mystery, der fünf Sterne wert ist.
PS: Die Kindle-Version ist absolut einwandfrei lektoriert und mit Schulenglisch weitestgehend problemlos zu lesen.
The novel in of itself was excellent, the plot, the characters and not least the twist at the end. I didn't see that coming! But was the description of the flaying of the children necessary? In my opinion no. The book without those graphic components would still have been excellent, and for that reason I finished the book, although I at first considered not reading the rest of the book. Debs V
Hard to read at some points, creepy and very sad. The characters felt very real. If I have one criticism, it would be the mother blaming the father in the two main cases. While I could see someone thinking this, I can't see someone actually saying it to someone they love that's going through so much pain. If I could give half stars, I'd probably give this book 4 1/2.