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Innocence

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  • Sales Rank:127,703
  • Format:Kindle eBook
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Kindle Edition
  • Edition:1
  • Pages:320
  • Publication Date:December 9, 2008
  • ASIN:B003Z6QLDG


Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis
Download the reading guide to Innocence here
"The dark corners of the human soul are Karen Novak's specialty, and there are few writing today who able to illuminate them with such courage and elegance." —Karen Karbo
When private investigator Leslie Stone's own thirteen-year-old daughter, Molly, attempts to hire her to find a vanished friend, the case stirs memories of one from Leslie's own troubled childhood: a series of abductions of girls who became known as the Nightingales. Five eighth-grade boys are being charged with assaulting Molly's friend. But even as their small town erupts in anger and calls for justice, Molly insists that the boys are innocent, and takes the stand to testify on their behalf.
Leslie's investigations show that although Molly may be right, someone is guilty. As the case draws her own secret knowledge of the Nightingales' history toward the light, she is left uncertain of every instinct except the one that demands she protect her child— even if she has to betray her own childhood by telling everything.
"A smart, realistic tale of female identity and deception." —Time Out New York
"This will surely be touted as a suspense novel, and suspenseful it is. But this elegantly written and intricately plotted work transcends genre... This frightening and mesmerizing book deserves a wide readership." —Library Journal
"A tantalizing page-turner." —Cincinnati CityBeat
Amazon.com Review
When Leslie Stone was 13, her father took the law into his own hands to stop the rapist he believed responsible for the abductions of young girls in the peaceful town of Swifton Woods. The Nightingales, as the girls were known, have haunted Leslie ever since then, and when her daughter Molly's best friend goes missing, their ghosts return to remind her that she cannot solve Lydia's disappearance without revisiting the crimes of her childhood. Because Molly is the only witness to the events that occurred just before Lydia disappeared, she's only one who knows that the five boys charged with sexually assaulting her friend are innocent. When Molly is called to testify, Leslie realizes that she knows who's really guilty--and may have engineered Lydia's disappearance in order to reveal a horrifying truth. Novak tells the story in several voices--Leslie's, Molly's, Lydia's, and one of the boys on trial--which, while adding emotional texture to the novel, also make it needlessly complicated. But Leslie Stone is a memorable character with complex psychological underpinnings, which are masterfully realized and compel the reader's persistence. --Jane Adams
Synopsis
Download the reading guide to Innocence here
"The dark corners of the human soul are Karen Novak's specialty, and there are few writing today who able to illuminate them with such courage and elegance." —Karen Karbo
When private investigator Leslie Stone's own thirteen-year-old daughter, Molly, attempts to hire her to find a vanished friend, the case stirs memories of one from Leslie's own troubled childhood: a series of abductions of girls who became known as the Nightingales. Five eighth-grade boys are being charged with assaulting Molly's friend. But even as their small town erupts in anger and calls for justice, Molly insists that the boys are innocent, and takes the stand to testify on their behalf.
Leslie's investigations show that although Molly may be right, someone is guilty. As the case draws her own secret knowledge of the Nightingales' history toward the light, she is left uncertain of every instinct except the one that demands she protect her child— even if she has to betray her own childhood by telling everything.
"A smart, realistic tale of female identity and deception." —Time Out New York
"This will surely be touted as a suspense novel, and suspenseful it is. But this elegantly written and intricately plotted work transcends genre... This frightening and mesmerizing book deserves a wide readership." —Library Journal
"A tantalizing page-turner." —Cincinnati CityBeat

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