Innocent by Erin Kinsley

Good afternoon and welcome back to my blog! 🧡

Today is my stop on the Random Things Tours blog tour for Innocent by Erin Kinsley, which is described as ‘a gripping and moving thriller with the emotional drama of series like Broadchurch and Liar’

The blurb…

The pretty market town of Sterndale is a close-knit community where everyone thinks they know everyone else. But at a lavish summer wedding a local celebrity is discovered slumped in the gardens, the victim of a violent assault that leads to a murder investigation.

As the police search for answers, suspicion and paranoia build – and the lives of the locals are turned upside down. Secrets that lurk beneath the pristine façade of Sterndale come to light as detectives close in on the truth…

My review …

Set in Sterndale, the story centres around Tristan Hart, a handsome and well-loved local celebrity, who is viciously attacked whilst attending a wedding in the pretty market town. We are introduced to lots of different characters at the wedding, several of whom seem to have a motive for the attack and we follow the detectives as they try to piece together exactly what happened to Tristan that night.

Left to pick up the pieces is Tristan’s wife Izzy and their three-year-old daughter Flora. Izzy is sick with worry after the attack, but as Tristan lies unconscious in hospital, and later sadly dies, Izzy discovers she didn’t know Tristan as well as she thought she did as she begins to doubt their entire marriage and doesn’t know who she can trust.

I loved Kinsley’s writing style, I found that the story flowed gently along whilst still being a suspenseful page turner, sprinkled with some beautiful descriptive writing.

I thought the book had a great cast and variety of characters. I particularly liked Laura and related to her as a character so I enjoyed following her storyline. Small town life is portrayed brilliantly in this close knit community, where everyone knows everyone else’s business (or they think they do) with lots of gossiping busy bodies.

I really enjoyed following the detectives as they tried to solve the case.  This is a clever murder mystery with just the right amount of detail of the police investigation intertwined with the personal lives of the main characters, which kept the story really interesting.

I would definitely recommend this book to others, the story has lots of plot twists, brilliantly written emotional scenes and intriguing characters. However, I do wish we hadn’t known that Tristan was going to die, I felt that was a bit of a spoiler for what would have been a great plot twist!

About the author …

Erin Kinsley is a full-time writer. She grew up in Yorkshire and currently lives in East Anglia.

Innocent is published by Headline in paperback on 20th August 2020. Also available as ebook and audio.

Thank you so much to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for this fantastic book and thank you also to the author and Headline publishers for my gifted advance copy, I really do appreciate it.

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Thanks for reading!

Kerri 🧡

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