Unintended Consequences (Innocent Prisoner Project #1) by Marti Green

Book Description:

Published: November 11, 2012

Format: Audio/Audible

How much would a father sacrifice for his child?

Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just a few weeks away. George said he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said – no other defense, no other explanation.

Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter? For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But that’s about to change, and the story he tells Dani—if it’s true—changes everything.

Review –

The series is called the Innocent Prisoners Project.  That spells it out.  The main character, Dani Trumbull, is an attorney who works for Help Innocent Prisoners Project (HIPP).  Part of her responsibility has been to go through cases to decide which to accept.  The cases, death penalty convictions, where her office may be their last hope.

Enter George Calhoun, scheduled for execution in six weeks for killing his own daughter.  He has always claimed it was not his daughter, but would never tell what had happened to her.  After being imprisoned for 19 years, he hopes HIPP will take his appeal.  Convicted based on his wife’s confession that they had indeed killed their child, the investigation itself was lax, without even a blood test to confirm the body was the daughter.

Dani finally agrees to take on the case.

That begins a bizarre tale of appeal after appeal, leads that go no where, and difficulty finding the truth at every turn.  With little time left, they can’t afford to lose an hour, yet each potential clue seems to take them in a direction they hadn’t expected, taking more time than they have.

Then the threats begin to Dani’s team.  Why does someone want to stop them? Who would want to stop them?   Is it to see George executed or to hide the truth that could prove his innocence?

There are a ton of unexpected twists included, plenty of tension as you begin to feel the clock ticking down.  A few times the directions they went seemed unrealistic, with obvious things they should have done.  That  didn’t detract for the suspense.  Knowing there are more steps to take, more people to find, more places to be, while George sits in a cell awaiting death in a very few days.

The author was a lawyer, though practicing corporate law. Since she grew up reading, finally leaning toward legal thrillers such as Scott Turow, she wanted her character to be a strong woman attorney in the genre. 

I loved this book and look forward to reading more in this series.

Excellent read!

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My Sister’s Grave (Tracy Crosswhite #1) by Robert Dugoni

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Published: November 1, 2014

Tracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

Review – 

Because of all the twists and turns in this book, I think I have whiplash!

If the main players in this story had just been honest –  there would have been NO story.

The daughter of a prominent man in a small community goes missing and presumed dead, although no body was found, and a convicted rapist who served his time and now back in town, is “framed” for the disappearance. All of those involved in the frame up take a vow of silence. The missing girl’s sister has never believed that the trail was all it could have been and when, after twenty years, her sister’s body is discovered, she vows to get the convicted man a new trial and have her sister’s case re-opened.Well, that opens a whole new can of worms and she finds out how dangerous it is to uncover some things.

I won’t give anything away, but you’ll be surprised who turns out to be the murderer.

Great read/listen.

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Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) by Sylvia Day

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Published: April 1, 2014

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream…

Review –
I was really disappointed with this installment of the Crossfire series because I thought that once Gideon and Eva were married things would settle down a bit-but instead everything in their lives seems to be causing more friction between them than ever before.
I didn’t know that there was a fifth book in the mix so I was quite upset (to say the least) when this book ended leaving a multitude of questions unanswered.
I have faith in the author that in the next book she will let them have their HEA and that things will also work out for Cary and Trey.
Can’t wait til the next book is released.
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Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Published: March 10, 2015

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Review –

OMG !!!!! (If you know anything about this book you’ll know why this exclamation is special)

Five stars *****

Once I started listening to this book (there was a male narrator for Owen’s part and a female for Auburn’s point of view) I couldn’t stop. It’s not a really long book to listen to-only about seven hours-but every time I had time I listened and then I forgot about other daily routine things and just listened. It’s that good.

Auburn lose’s the love of her life, Adam, through illness at the age of fifteen and has a baby out of the relationship at sixteen. Her parents wanted her to give the baby up for adoption but instead Adam’s mother have custody of the little boy and she would live with her while finishing school. But as years go by Auburn is just in a back seat position when it comes to raising AJ.

She loves to Dallas after graduating from Cosmetology School because that’s where Lydia lives with AJ and her son Trey.

She passes an art studio and sees a HELP WANTED sign and meets Owen Gentry, the artist, who is in dire need of someone to attend to the sale of his paintings at that nights showing. Owen and Auburn hit it off right away, but Owen has a secret or confession that he never plans to tell Auburn. It’s about how he knows her from before and where they met and more.

I don’t want to give anything away but suffice it to say Owen and Auburn are made for each other but things uncontrollable by both  will get in the way and cause pain for both of them. Neither can deny the feelings they have when together and Auburn knows that because of Owen’s arrest record she would have trouble getting custody of AJ so she agrees to “date” Trey, Adam’s brother, even though she has no real feelings for him. Trey is abusive, verbally and physically and something he does and has done in the past allows Auburn to get custody away from Lydia and lets him keep his job as a policeman. She and Owen re-unite and then in Owen’s words we learn the story of where and  how he met Auburn and by that time tears were rolling down my cheeks and I was sobbing. I love it when that happens.

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