Innocence Book Summary and Study Guide

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   Leslie Stone is a private investigator whose specialty is missing children. Her experience has left her haunted by hallucinatory echoes of kids who are not coming back. But when her 13 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: an unsolved series of abductions and abuse of eleven young girls, who came to be known as the Nightingales.
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   As the search for Molly's friend Lydia gets under way, it becomes apparent that there's much more to the story. Following a party of eigthth graders at Lydia's home that got out of hand, five 13 year old boys are being charged with assaulting her. For the town of Swifton Woods, as for Leslie, this scandal opens old wounds. But even as the 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 own investigations show that although Molly may be right, someone is guilty.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   60% Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   solving long-past murder Kind of investigator    -   psychic investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards family/friends Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Mentally ill


City?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   rape (yeech!) Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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