Before giving a review, I should state that I don't always read previous reviews, as they can be somewhat skewed. Also, it's not usually the glowing 5 star reviews that sway me one way or the other, but rather, the 1 and 2 star reviews. There was only one such review so far for Guilty Innocence, citing too much vulgar language. My question for the reviewer is this. On what planet would you not expect a book about the murder of a 2 year old girl, a serial bully and people going through the worst experience of their lives to not have colorful language. I guess they should have said, "Oh dear! Oh gee! A child has lost her life prematurely!" Pleasantville, anyone? Words obviously spoken by someone who has never suffered such a loss. When I lost my daughter at age 18, it took a while for me to get over the shock and stunned silence, but once I could speak, there was plenty of foul language uttered.Get off of your high horse. Real people suffer real emotions and sometimes use bad language.
As for my rating, I started to give this title 4 stars, then realized that the story about Mark Slater and company stayed in the back of my mind as I went on about my day. Mark is a man who was bullied into participating in a heinous act by one of his peers when he was 11 years old. There are many plot twists and commonalities among each of the characters that seem implausible at first, until realizing that England covers a very small geographical area when compared to other countries. When Mark finally gains the courage to right past wrongs, his handling if the situation is bloody brilliant. While the term, "enjoyed," is far too mild, Guilty Innocence grabbed and held my attention, my mind attempting to put the puzzle pieces together in the background, even while carrying on the activities required by a very busy life. A great read.