#BookReview of Innocent or Guilty? by A.M. Taylor #InnocentOrGuilty? @author_amtaylor @0neMoreChapter_ @KillerReads @damppebbles #dampebblesblogtours

Posted October 1, 2019 by Zoé in Book Reviews, Reviews and Stuff / 7 Comments

#BookReview of Innocent or Guilty? by A.M. Taylor #InnocentOrGuilty? @author_amtaylor @0neMoreChapter_ @KillerReads @damppebbles #dampebblesblogtoursInnocent or Guilty? by A.M. Taylor
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on July 12, 2019
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A gripping psychological thriller, full of twists and turns!The murderer might be closer than you think…

One morning ten years ago, the town of Twin Rivers changed forever when the body of Tyler Washington was found in the woods. Son of the mayor, star of the high school basketball team – his death struck right at the heart of this tight-knit community.

For Olivia Hall, Tyler’s death heralded the start of her own personal nightmare – her twin brother, Ethan, was arrested for Tyler’s murder. Ten years later, Ethan is still in jail. Olivia is convinced he is innocent, and now, a true crime podcast has taken up his case.

As the podcast digs deeper, secrets, lies and shocking revelations are all uncovered. For the first time, Olivia dares to hope that Ethan may be set free. But if he didn’t kill Tyler, who did? And how far will they go to keep their secrets safe?

Perfect for fans of podcasts Serial, Happy Face and The Teacher’s Pet, and TV shows Making a Murderer, Staircase and Dirty John

My Review

I am not quite sure how I am going to write this review because the wrong word or sentence could bring a huge spoiler alert and I really do not want to ruin this ride for anyone!

The premise is an exciting one and one that is more popular, of that a podcast team are used to look back at the murder of a teenage boy ten years ago. Olivia, agreeing to be part of this as she is on a mission to get her twin brother Ethan released from prison, as she knows he is innocent. Looking back at the clues you are constantly questioning if he is innocent or guilty and if he is innocent well who killed Tyler Washington?

I loved as we watched not only Kat and Ray, the podcast team but Olivia too working back the clues, going back to her hometown that she was ousted from. Not always a welcome reception when seeing old “friends.” At the same time, her job is demanding more of her attention as she is a lawyer, and her current case is defending a woman who is being convicted of murder, the girl she is defending….someone from her old town. Are these two cases connected or is it just a coincidence?

The alternating chapters of Then and Now made this book so much more intense. Because whilst we were seeing how the verdict ten years ago affects everyone in the present day, we got to see how it affected everyone back in the day making the story much more rounded and complete, plus more dramatic!!!!!

A small-town mystery, people in power blocking you at every step and a town that just closes ranks on outsiders – what is not to love! This is my first book by Taylor and she has created a little piece of magic here. She has you questioning the evidence, the people and the situation, can you really trust anything in front of you?

I know all I seem to be doing is asking you questions and I am meant to be reviewing the book, but this is what the book does. It really makes you question everything and that is something I blinking love! I don’t want a book to just tell me the answers, I want my journey to be immersive and inclusive and this is what I felt happened here. I felt like I had an opinion in both cases but, of course, I can not change anything! I did love the snippets we are given as the reader of the podcast, seeing/hearing things from interviews we were not privy to at the beginning which made for interesting viewing. Not all is as it seems it appears and the ride to the end is an adventurous and perilous one, one where you have to decide who is innocent and who is guilty.

I really want you to read it so we can discuss things that I can not discuss here. For my sanity alone, please do it!!

Until next time xxx

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Thanks to Emma at Damppebbles for the tour invite and the author for a copy of the book in return for my honest and unbiased review

About A.M. Taylor

Annie May Taylor lives and writes in London. When not making up stories, she writes copy for a living and can most often be found drinking coffee, watching Netflix, and trying to keep up with a never ending TBR pile. She’s been obsessed with mysteries ever since Nancy Drew first walked into her life and would probably have attempted to become a private detective at some point, if only it didn’t involve actually having to talk to people. She has a cat called Domino, ambitions of owning a dog one day, and is as obsessed with My Favorite Murder as you probably are. Writing as A.M. Taylor, her debut psychological thriller Forget Me Not was released by Killer Reads/Harper Collins in October 2018, and her follow up, Innocent or Guilty? will be published September 28th, 2019.

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7 responses to “#BookReview of Innocent or Guilty? by A.M. Taylor #InnocentOrGuilty? @author_amtaylor @0neMoreChapter_ @KillerReads @damppebbles #dampebblesblogtours

  1. Fascinating review. I have this book in my wishlist… Hoping to get it soon. Love all your review Zoe
    And you want me to read this book. So over the weekend it has to be done

    • Zoé

      Ha ha you do the same to me! Your reviews always make me want to pick up the book if I haven’t already! You are too kind lovely x

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