About The Illusion of Innocence
Three people on a crowded train, brought there by the same crime.
Archie Price, painter and police artist, blessed with a photographic memory, is travelling to Chelmsford to testify in a murder trial.
The accused, Freddie Porter, is under police escort in the guard’s van.
Freddie’s sister, Polly, is desperately trying to escape her brother’s gang before they realise what she’s done, unaware he’s on the same train.
When the locomotive is derailed, Archie and Polly are injured, and put up by the same local family while they recover.
Where is Freddie?
Polly is so terrified she is driven to desperate measures and Archie finds himself being drawn into her nightmare…
I was caught off guard by the fiery narrative. The plot explores pornography – including children as well as a brutal rape, murder too. The plot burns until the very end. Jacques manages to reveal much in few pages. I felt the narrative was rushed in some instances and in others not explored or developed enough, characters also, however more elaboration might diminish its notable impact, bottom line, I enjoyed as is, my reservations trivial in the end. Perfect amount of mystery, thrills and suspense mingled with a light romance undertone. Fantastic ending.
Archie and Polly are adorable. Archie’s intelligence, sensitivity and flashbacks of his past endear him to readers. Polly’s strength and determination mixed with compassion are admirable, her past and present full of tribulation. She’s a survivor savoring her independence and new lease on life, she’s discovered her life’s purpose.
Quick read keeping you on your toes as you hope the loathsome receive their punishment as the hero and heroine shine bright. I’m interested in continuing with the series as well as reading more from Jacqueline Jacques. Mystery, thriller, suspense lovers seeking a plot with intensity and bite will want to add this to their TBR.
About Jacqueline Jacques
Jacqueline Jacques was born in war-time Anglesey, North Wales, but has lived most of her life within spitting distance of London; hence the East End references in each of her seven novels. She taught in mainstream primary and special needs schools, until the writing bug bit her and has never regretted her late career move. She is now the author of six books, this is her seventh, and the second of the Archie Price Victorian thrillers.
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• Paperback: 304 pages
• Publisher: Honno Ltd (November 5, 2015)