A character-driven, domestic crime novel. Through juxtaposing the choices of two emotionally disturbed boys, Ballantyne sensitively explores themes of rejection, abuse, and forgiveness
Grips like a vice
Thought provoking and unsettling
A gripping and emotionally charged story. Just brilliant
One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year
Praise for Lisa Ballantyne's previous novels:
Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling
A crackling good read - exactly the kind of novel that readers have come to expect from one of the most talented psychological suspense authors working today. With a gripping, twisty plot, conflicted and relatable characters, ever-rising tension, and an ending that's as thrilling as it is satisfying, I loved this book!'
A page-turner with real emotional depth
A suspenseful, compelling read with a sting in the tail that will leave you gasping. Lisa Ballantyne knows her stuff. An author to be reckoned with
A skilful mixture of creepy crime thriller and gripping domestic drama, the Innocent One had me turning the pages late into the night.
Such a wonderfully layered novel, part emotionally charged, nerve-jangling thriller, and part tender, intelligent family drama. I couldn't put it down. Brilliant.
Fingernail-on-a-chalkboard sentences are what make The Innocent One so good . . . Fashioning memorable suspense out of a well-known case is incredibly difficult, but Ballantyne makes it look easy
Thought-provoking and clever
A tense and shocking thriller that has the added treat of Lisa Ballantyne's deft prose. I loved it
Moving and suspenseful; richly detailed, yet with the eerie simplicity of a parable
A compelling and emotional read with convincing characters that stayed in my head. Lisa Ballantyne deals with a difficult and controversial subject in a sensitive and thoughtful way
Thought-provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read
A wonderfully creepy crime thriller
Beautifully told, with the talented Ballantyne's typical clarity, it weaves a subtle web
Gripping, tense and moving