Author: Scott Turow
Publisher: Hatchette Publishing
Buy Link: Buy Innocent Here!
Rating: You Could Read
Reviewed by: Shawn Weisser
The sequel to the genre-defining, landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, INNOCENT continues the story of Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto who are, once again, twenty years later, pitted against each other in a riveting psychological match after the mysterious death of Rusty's wife.
This story continues the tale of Judge Rusty Savich and those in his life. An affair, inappropriate contact with a suspect, and a death in the family set the scene for this trial of the century. Turow, an entertaining author, has all of the necessary elements of a good book. I am not sure the audio book did justice to the story. The readers used odd pronunciations of words as if they were unfamiliar.
In listening to the audio book, Innocent, I felt a bit left out of the story. It is possible that since I had not read the previous book, Presumed Innocent, I was unaware of the characters' history and therefore I was not connected. This may have been the underlying reason that although I believe the book is good it is not great. In my opinion a sequel needs to be able to stand alone and this one did not. It took the third CD to get me involved enough to where I wanted to continue. I did not feel sympathy for any of the characters but I did want to figure out the "who dunnit" part so I continued to listen. Actually, I was pretty sure of the who but not the how and the why was pretty obvious from the third CD.
I also had issues with some terminology. The term "coppers" was used often. Although I read it in British books and hear it in British TV shows or movies, I do not find it in American made materials. The book was set in the US so it felt a bit out of place. Innocent was not an enjoyable 'read' for me.