Format Paperback
Publication Date 11/01/22
ISBN 9781639362820
Trim Size / Pages 8.25 x 5.5 in / 352

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The Innocent One

A Novel

Lisa Ballantyne

He was a child who was accused of murder. Who did he become when he grew up? A gripping, thought-provoking thriller from the internationally bestselling author of Everything She Forgot.

Innocent? Ten years have passed, but everyone remembers The Angel Killer. Sebastian Croll was just eleven years old when accused of murdering his playmate.

Criminal attorney Daniel Hunter helped prove Sebastian's innocence in a trial that gripped the nation—and now the past is being unearthed when he gets a call from his old client. Or guilty? Sebastian's university professor has been brutally murdered—and everyone who knew her is in the frame of suspicion. As Daniel steps in to represent Sebastian for a second time, news about the boy's past spreads like wildfire, instantly branding Sebastian as guilty.

With tensions around the country rising, can Daniel prove once again that Sebastian is the innocent one? Especially when he realizes that it's not just Sebastian who is in danger, but himself . . .

Lisa Ballantyne is the internationally bestselling author of four novels. Her debut, The Guilty One, was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award and translated into thirty languages. Lisa’s other novels are Everything She ForgotLittle Liar, and Once Upon a Lie. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“’It was a terrible thing to know you were going to die and not be able to do anything to prevent it.’ Fingernail-on-a-chalkboard sentences like this one are what make The Innocent One, Lisa Ballantyne’s fifth novel — the follow-up to 2012’s The Guilty One — so good. Fashioning memorable suspense out of a well-known case is incredibly difficult, but Ballantyne makes it look easy.” The New York Times Book Review
"A character-driven, domestic crime novel. Through juxtaposing the choices of two emotionally disturbed boys, Ballantyne sensitively explores themes of rejection, abuse, and forgiveness." Booklist
Praise for Lisa Ballantyne:
“Grips like a vice.” The Daily Mail
“A moving, insightful novel.” The Guardian
“A page-turner with real emotional depth.” The Daily Express
“One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year.” Richard and Judy
“A moving and sensitive mystery about childhood trauma and its resolution.” Booklist