The Guilty One

PHEW! Guys, we are safe. The mediocre book thing didn’t turn into a streak. Everything is OK!

*wipes forehead in relief*

It always seems that the best way to break a slump is something uncomplicated. The Guilty One was just the right kind of book for this. Goodreads puts it in the Mystery genre, but I don’t really think it was that mysterious. Mostly it’s just the story of a woman recovering in grief, and moving on from a life where she no longer fits.

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Two families have been through hell and back–the Vacantis, who lost their daughter, and the Isherwoods, whose son is the reason Calla is dead. The trial is over. The boy is in jail.

Ron Isherwood is so ashamed. His wife wants to ramp up another appeal, but his son just wants to wait out his sentence. Ron just wants to bury his head. Or jump off a bridge. He just wants all the attention to go away.

Maris Vacanti just has to get away. She is supposed to visit her sister but never quite makes it that far. Instead, she ends up in Oakland, but it’s just temporary. It’s just a few days, to clear her head. What are her next steps?

The Guilty One is a story about finding yourself after you’ve lost everything. It’s ok to hide and let yourself be broken, but it’s also ok to build yourself back up again. And when you come to, you’re going to be a completely different person.

The way this is listed as a mystery, the title, and the backstory, makes me wonder if this isn’t the story the author set out to write. I wonder if maybe it was supposed to be more about the murder, more about Calla and Kyle, and then the author fell in love with Maris and her struggle instead. I don’t know. I fell in love with Maris too, so I am completely ok with how the story went. However, reading some of the reviews that are out there, I think that those looking for the mystery plotline are going to be disappointed. That’s really my only criticism, I’d change the genre and description. Otherwise, great book!

NetGalley provided this ARC for an unbiased review. Will be released August 11.

 

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One thought on “The Guilty One

  1. Glad you’ve broken the slump. It seems to be an increasing problem with the ‘mis-leading’ genres – it’s ok if you like the actual story anyway but it can be disconcerting to expect a mystery and find something else instead.

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