The Innocent Ones by Neil White

51+5dZjEMkL Synopsis: Three lives cut short. Two decades of silence. One evil secret.

By day, the park rings with the sound of children’s excited laughter. But in the early hours of the morning, the isolated playground is cloaked in shadows – the perfect hiding place to conceal a brutal murder.

When London journalist, Mark Roberts, is found battered to death, the police quickly arrest petty thief, Nick Connor. Criminal defence lawyer, Dan Grant, along with investigator Jayne Brett, are called to represent him – but with bloody footprints and a stolen wallet linking him to the scene, this is one case they’re unlikely to win. Until help comes from an unlikely source…when the murder victim’s mother says that Connor is innocent, begging Dan and Jayne to find the real perpetrator.

Unravelling the complex case means finding the connection between Mark’s death and a series of child murders in Yorkshire over twenty years ago. Father of two, Rodney Walker, has spent years in prison after being convicted of killing of 6-year-old William and 7-year-old Ruby back in 1997.

But when Mark Roberts gets on the trail of the story, convinced that Walker is innocent, he exposed secrets that have long been buried. Secrets so dark, someone will kill to keep them hidden. Dan and Jayne are in a race against time to uncover the truth – before a killer silences them forever.

My Rating: 4/5

My Review: I have read the other two books in the trilogy and was keen to get this final part. Jayne and Dan are a perfectly matched duo and I was keen to see where the story took them in this final instalment. It starts with the murder of Mark Roberts who was a journalist and Dan Grant is called in to represent a petty thief accused of the murder.

Meanwhile Jayne is living in a new area and is thoroughly miserable, so when Dan calls her for some help she jumps at the chance. This storyline was my favourite of the bunch and has numerous threads all working to one goal which was to correctly identify the killer. What at first seemed a little muddled ended up being extremely complex with many twists and was highly enjoyable.

Pair that up with two cracking characters and you have a fantastic ending to this brilliant trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed this and although a little sad to read the last part of it, it was finished well and it just makes me want to read more of this authors books.

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