Only The Innocent Book Summary and Study Guide

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The murder of a well known and very wealthy philanthropist with a dark secret sparks an intrigue between two friends, one of whom is his wife, as to which one murdered him and why. Beginning with the murder of wealthy Hugo Fletcher, obviously by a female into a bit of kinky sex, we are led into the world of discovering just who the man really was and not the public image.
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Tom the detective is in charge of the case with his offsider, Becky. Tom is reeling from the loss of his brother from whom he inherited a small fortune, and the breakup of his marriage, so his life is not that of an ordinary detective. Because Hugo, the husband was murdered at another property that he owned, the detectives quickly try to get to the wife before the media does. They are flawed when they meet the wife, as she presents a picture of an unwell woman. Laura is dowdy and insecure rather than the glamor photograph of her years previously. She has been in and out of clinics for so called depression, when in fact it was all part of a larger scheme of her diabolical husband.   

Mainly through a series of letters, that were never posted, from Laura to Imogen, her old friend and ex sister-in-law, Laura tells of the mental and sexual abuse she has received at the hands of her "loving" husband and her suspicions of her husband's charity which helps young girls that have been sold into sexual slavery.

It is revealed that her husband's perversions go even further, to that of having affairs with the girls and "strange" sex. A long red wig comes into play and tells of Hugo's weird upbringing and his obsession with his dead mother. Hugo's unsavory sexual appetite and affairs totally unravel as the detectives dig deeper into his life, that of their marriage and missing girls involved with his charity work.

Laura and Imogen are the prime suspects for the murder for different reasons. Because of the diabolical nature of Hugo, the Detective who by now has strong feelings for Laura, walks away from the case, rather than accuse her of the crime he knows she has committed.

It is a story of betrayal; murder, intrigue and how one person can dominate another.
Best part of story, including ending: I loved the twists and turns of the plot and the fact that a "who dunnit" could be turned into a full scale intriguing plot revealing the reasons for why.

Best scene in story: The beginning scene when the murder of Hugo Fletcher is taking place by an unknown female killer in a scene of kinky sex when he got what he deserved, although at that point, you are totally unaware of why.

Opinion about the main character: I liked her "guts" for doing something about a despicable husband.

The review of this Book prepared by Gail Palethorpe a Level 1 Blue Jay scholar

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

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

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