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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Review - First Degree Innocence by Ginger Simpson

Title: First Degree Innocence

Author: Ginger Simpson

Publisher: Books We Love Publishing Partners

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Rating: You Gotta Read

Reviewer: Val


Carrie Lang’s sheltered life ends with a prison sentence for involvement in a bank robbery. Her arrest comes on the day she’s called in sick and stayed inside, so she has no explanation how an eye-witness describes her in great detail, down to the make and model of her car. A terrible mistake’s been made, and her insistence of innocence falls on deaf ears, even among her fellow inmates. A plan for retribution is brewing, and naive Carrie finds herself smack dab in the middle of an evil scheme concocted by the prison bully. A ten year sentence seems mild when she’s threatened with death for refusing to participate. Can Carrie find a way out of this horrible nightmare, or is she destined to spend her days locked in terror, isolation, and the cold gray interior of prison walls?


Carrie's character is one that readers will easily identify with. Vulnerable to a certain point, we see Carrie coming into her own and becoming a stronger person as her jail time progresses. Her character will evoke just about every emotion, especially despair, frustration and finally hope.

When Seth's character was introduced, I wasn't sure if he was a good guy or bad guy. I won't tell you which and trust me when I say, you will be flipping the pages as fast as you can to find out. The interaction between Carrie and Seth gives depth to this book and the end .... well, all I can say is my mouth was hanging open. It was a very surprising ending that you just don't want to miss.

Then we meet the prison bully, Jet. With a score to settle, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Jet's character was exasperating. I found myself strongly disliking her and wishing she would get her due punishment. Ms. Simpson created the perfect villain in Jet, a true manipulator, while at the same time giving her some very real qualities that one minute had you liking her and the next wishing she would drop off the face of the earth.

First Degree Innocence is an extremely unique book in that it gives the reader a legitimate glimpse into the lives of the incarcerated while throwing several twists into the story. It was a riveting and highly entertaining read. Ms. Simpson writes about interesting characters and complex plot lines while at the same time drawing the reader in with each new page. This is one author who sure didn't pull any punches with First Degree Innocence and you will be immersed in Carrie's world within the first paragraph. This book starts out with a bang and continues through to the last page. First Degree Innocence is an exceptional book that will have you hooked right from the beginning. If you love to root for the underdog, look no further, you've found the perfect book.


  1. Well, if your goal was to bring tears of joy to my eyes, then you've succeeded. Thank you for GETTING Carrie's story and loving it as much as I loved writing it. Wow...you brought sunshine to a dreary Winter day. I'm basking in the glow. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart.

  2. Excellent review and I agree. Ginger Simpson has a natural talent for writing and I enjoy all her books.

  3. Great review and well deserving. I'm in the middle of First Degree innocence, and finally at well after 2:00 a.m. had to put the book aside for tonight. But I can't stop worrying about Carrie and looking forward to bedtime. lol

    Well done, great suspense and mystery.


  4. LOL Joan. I had the same problem. I was up well past 4 finishing it up. I couldn't just leave Carrie sitting in the same cell as Jet. Oh my goodness! The ending is AMAZING! I'm just glad that it's not summer and flies were flying in my mouth.

    Ginger, you are more than welcome. This was a very different story than I usually read and it was very well written. You know what this means don't you? There needs to be a sister book. I think Susanna needs a book now. :)

    Loved all the 5 star reviews on Amazon, see, it's not just me!

  5. This is such a great review!!! Congratulations and now I need to read it too.:) I would save this one for a time when you need some sunshine.:)

  6. Save it, hell. I'm going to frame it. *lol*

  7. Wonderful review, Ginger. I am going to read this book one of these days. Probably sooner than later, but I am trying to be real good and not read for fun until I finish my WIP.

  8. Sounds like a fantastic read. It has to go on my TBR pile, right next to Jamie Hills.


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