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Publishing Group, 20 August 2020. ISBN: 978-1472274281
The novel opens with a glimpse into
the private life of Tristan and Izzy Hart as they prepare to attend a wedding
at which their daughter, Flora, will be a bridesmaid.The couple are portrayed as being deeply in
love and enjoying family life in a home that provides nurture and safety for
their little girl.Tristan is a
television host whose celebrity status has gone from strength to strength.He is admired not only for his professional
success but also for his personal integrity.His good looks, charm and wealth have not turned his head and he clearly
still adores his wife.Friends and
acquaintances who live near them in Sterndale attest to the Hart’s affability
and appreciate their support for those in the local community.
At the wedding reception the
Harts meet up with two of their closest friends from the town, Aiden and Laura
Ridley.Aiden is an ex-police officer
who retired from the West Mercia Constabulary on medical grounds after being
injured on duty.He now runs a cycling
shop, indulging his passion for the sport.As the evening draws on Tristan takes a sleepy Flora to the car park
where her nanny, Bridget, is waiting to take his daughter home.Izzy becomes anxious when Tristan doesn’t
return after an hour so Aiden offers to look for his friend who is constantly
being waylaid by adoring fans.His
search leads him to the hotel garden where he meets a police officer with the
shocking news that Tristan has been violently assaulted and is being taken to
So begins a police
investigation during which the lives of Izzy, Tristan, Laura and Aiden are
turned upside down.The certainties
which they thought defined their respective marriages and their friendship are
eroded as the investigating officers discover secret after secret buried not
only in the past but in the present too.
Erin Kinsley writes
beautifully and has produced a mystery novel that is both heart-breaking and
hopeful.Central to the narrative are
the revelations that issue from an investigation that almost destroys Izzy as
she keeps vigil at her stricken husband’s bedside.The characters are complex and interesting,
they invite empathy as well as suspicion.The story’s resolution was unexpected and moving.
Innocent is a super book thatfuses police procedural with a forensic exploration of
contemporary human relationships.I was
captivated by the lives of the protagonists and couldn’t put the novel down
until I had reached the surprising and emotionally charged ending. Highly recommended.
Reviewer: Dot Marshall-Gent
a full-time writer. She grew up in Yorkshire and currently lives in East Anglia.
in the emergency services for twenty years first as a police officer, then as a
paramedic and finally as a fire control officer before graduating from King’s
College, London as a teacher of English in her mid-forties. She completed
a M.A. in Special and Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education, London
and now teaches part-time and writes mainly about educational issues. Dot
sings jazz and country music and plays guitar, banjo and piano as well as being
addicted to reading mystery and crime fiction.