Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Book Review: The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

Another juicy evil child book-  just my type of read!  Daniel Hunter is a lawyer who has taken on a young client, Sebastian, accused of murdering another child in cold blood.  Sebastian brings up Daniel's own unresolved issues from the past - a troubled childhood and a broken relationship with his adoptive mother, Minnie.  As Daniel grapples with the issue of guilt, he must decide whether or not his sympathy for Sebastian is misplaced and how his decisions revolve around his inability to face his past.

The story is told in alternating timelines - Daniel's past and Daniel's present.  Each timeline has its own story and its own mystery/element of suspense.  I'm always a fan of a well-written stand-alone mystery/thriller and this one certainly fit that description.  It's genre fiction, so by definition it doesn't deviate too far from the typical thriller outline, but I think the author does a fine job of establishing interesting and appealing characters and keeping the plot moving at a good pace.

Entertainment Value
Above average for the genre.  I liked the two separate story lines - I felt like that added an extra dimension to the plot.  I was interested and intrigued and the suspense kept me reading.  It kept me up past my usual bedtime, which is exactly what I'm looking for in a thriller.

If you're a fan of the genre or if you are a fan of psychotic child books, this is a good one to read.

1 comment:

  1. What's with all the creepy kids lately? I have an ARC of this that I have yet to read/review, but it sounds like I should get on it...especially since I liked The Uninvited so much.