Only the Innocent Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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When philanthropist Hugo Fletcher’s dead body is discovered tied to a bed in his London home, Chief Inspector Tom Douglas determines right away that he’s hunting a female killer. Though Fletcher made countless enemies through his work with Eastern European prostitutes, the crime scene reeks of sex and revenge. This murder was personal. Douglas knows Fletcher’s unhappy wife, Laura, should be his prime suspect. She’s definitely hiding something. Something big. But he isn’t convinced it’s murder. Besides, she’s not the only woman with a motive to kill the manipulative billionaire. So he digs deeper, into a tangled web of secrets and lies, unraveling the sordid life Fletcher lived outside of the media spotlight.
What he uncovers is shocking, forcing the veteran cop to ask himself: With a man like Fletcher, should the guilty be punished? Or should the innocent be protected?
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 7 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||February 05 2013|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #88,573 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#789 in Traditional Detective Mysteries
#3,081 in Crime Fiction
#5,404 in British Detective Stories
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The background details surrounding Hugo, his charity and the relationship he had with his first and second wives and family are largely disclosed through a series of letters written by Lady Fletcher to her childhood friend, Imogen Kennedy.
I enjoyed this story, despite at times wanting to throttle Hugo’s second wife, Lady Laura Fletcher. Though I didn’t always understand their motivation, Abbott made her characters interesting and colourful enough to want to find out what made them tick. I thought Abbott did a good job of unravelling the mystery, dropping nuggets here and there while she developed the characters.
I’m not in love with the ending, but can’t deny that I enjoyed the journey. Tom Douglas is a character I’d like to see more of sometime down the road.
At first Laura is not a likable woman, but, as the story unfolded, it is obvious she is remarkable and unselfish. I liked how the story unfolded in small amounts, and I liked how it ended.
Every now and again it does get repetitive but by the next page another important clue is given. Unfortunately some of these things do happen in real life.
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The story itself was both fascinating and extremely horrific and was very well told from the point of view of each of the characters. I have to say the ending was a twist that I was not really expecting although I had my suspicions but those had been dismissed several times as the story unfurled.
I will certainly be reading the next in the series - Sleep Tight - which I have already purchased and I highly recommend this author if you are a fan of suspense and crime thrillers.
The first few chapters for me seemed to start well. Once downloaded, it nose dived for me, flipping from what was happening in the present to going back and reading letters written, which sounds odd but they didn't come across as letters, more a recall in the first person, however really disliked the letter part.
I guessed early on who did what, too many clues at the start, which spoiled it for me. It was very drawn out, doesn't seem like it is a thriller, just a recount of past events,
It isn't fast paced, griping, basic story line, husband dies, who has done it, but to me it was obvious.
This is the first Rachel Abbott book that I have read and I thought I would give it a go as she is popular with many of my friends on Goodreads.
Only the Innocent is not a standard British police procedural novel. I did not like the format of this book. The reader knows far more about what is going on than any police officer working on the case. Most of the novel is centred around Laura Fletcher, the victim’s wife. Annoyingly she reveals selected parts of her back story through letters she wrote but never sent to her ex-sister-in-law, Imogen.
There are lots of nagging hints that things in Hugo’s life are simply not right. These doubts are drip-fed to the reader as this story rolls on. I found it irritating how the characters were extremely wealthy, throwing money everywhere without question and their snobbery was outstanding. They thought they were above everyone else and felt their wealth gave them the right to behave however they chose.
Slowly the many secrets surrounding Sir Hugo Fletcher were revealed with the reader always knowing more than the police. I found the plot okay with the surprises coming at the end.
I did not like any of the characters in this novel and found them all arrogant and pushy. Also the blatant eavesdropping annoyed me and the characters appeared so unfair.
Only the Innocent is an OKAY 3 star read with nothing to recommend about it to other readers. There were no golden nuggets to enjoy and the dialogue between characters lacked wit and humour. The best quote I can provide also illustrates the class of people involved and shows why I did not develop any empathy for Sir Hugo etc…
On one occasion, we were just passing a vaporetto stop as a boat pulled in. ‘Oh look, Hugo - can we just hop on this for half an hour, just to see where it takes us?’ ‘Laura, it’s a bus!’ he said. ‘Really, darling, I’m not in the habit of getting on buses, even if they do float and they are in the most beautiful city in the world. If you must take to the water, we’ll hire a launch and you can have a ride after lunch whilst I read the papers. How does that sound?’
The remainder of the story promptly 'unhooked' me, though :(
More backstory than story.
Needs far more excitement and twists and these need to come in the STORY.
By the end, having grown thoroughly bored and caring little for the characters, I didn't give a toss 'whodunnit'.
Sir Hugo Fletcher is an expertly-drawn antagonist, though. If, like me, you are looking for an example of how to create evil characters, you can certainly learn from this book. That's the only benefit you'll be getting from it, though, in my view.
I like the human element of DCI Tom Douglas. He is a rarity in the crime fiction genre, I believe, as he is a police officer who happens to be a regular guy - nothing dysfunctional about him. He is portrayed as handsome too - another rarity! :)
In sum, thrilling start (with an equally thrilling synopsis), but rapidly becomes a bore.