The Innocent One by Lisa Ballantyne – Book Review

The Innocent One by Lisa Ballantyne – Book Review

The Innocent One by Lisa Ballantyne

The Innocent One

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Ten years ago, Sebastian Croll was found not guilty of murdering his playmate.

Criminal solicitor Daniel Hunter defended the eleven-year-old in a trial that gripped the nation, but the past is unearthed when Daniel gets a call from his old client.

Or guilty?

Sebastian’s university professor has been brutally murdered and everyone who knew her is in the frame.

As Daniel steps in to represent Sebastian for the second time, rumour of his client’s identity spreads like wildfire.

The media swarm. Threats begin to arrive. And the question on everyone’s lips:

Could the child once accused of murder really be innocent?

Review by Stacey

As a child, Sebastian was tried for the murder of his friend. He was defended by solicitor Daniel and found not guilty. Now a young adult at university, one of his teachers has been brutally murdered and once again Sebastian calls on Daniel to represent him.

But was Sebastian really guilty of murder as a child and could he have struck again or is he that unlucky that twice he is looked at for murder?

The Innocent One is a twisty, captivating thriller/mystery that interweaves two storylines. One regarding the murders in which Sebastian may or may not have been involved and that of the falling apart life of solicitor Daniel.

The book is the sequel to The Guilty One which I didn’t realise until after I had finished this one, showing that this one works perfectly well as a standalone.

The two main characters weren’t particularly likeable but I didn’t hate them either, I just couldn’t warm to either of them, though I did feel a little sorry for Daniel with his marriage issues and the public not liking him representing Sebastian again who they have already deemed guilty.

Overall, The Innocent One was a quick and easy read. It was intense in parts and certainly suspenseful in others. It does have you wondering whether because someone has been tried for murder previously, even if they were found not guilty, when another murder occurs are you more likely to believe they did it because of their past. – Thought-provoking!

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Lisa Ballantyne

Lisa Ballantyne

Lisa Ballantyne is the internationally bestselling author of five novels. Her debut, The Guilty One, was a Richard and Judy Book Club bestseller, Edgar-Award nominated and translated into nearly thirty languages. Her second novel, Good Bad Love (previously Redemption Road), was a USA Today bestseller. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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