Book Review: The Guilty One by Sophie Littlefield

August 14, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews 0

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: The Guilty One by Sophie LittlefieldThe Guilty One by Sophie Littlefield
Published by Gallery Books on 2015-08-11
Genres: Contemporary Women, Fiction, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley

From the award-winning author of The Missing Place—in which “Littlefield’s writing shines" (The Boston Globe)—another gripping exploration of the damage people can do to each other, and the resilience they find in themselves.

A man stands on the Golden Gate Bridge, poised to jump…if a woman on the other end of the phone tells him to.

Maris’s safe suburban world was shattered the day her daughter was found murdered, presumably at the hands of the young woman’s boyfriend. Her marriage crumbling, her routine shattered, Maris walks away from her pampered life as a Bay Area mom the day she receives a call from Ron, father of her daughter’s killer. Wracked with guilt over his son’s actions (and his own possible contribution to them), he asks Maris a single question: should he jump?

With a man’s life in her hands, Maris must decide, perhaps for the first time, what she truly wants. Retribution? Forgiveness? Or something more? Having lost everything, she’s finally free to recreate herself without the confining labels of “wife,” “mother,” or “mourner.” But will this shocking offer free her, or destroy her?

my thoughts kitty

It has taken me a few days to get my thoughts in order for this review. The book starts out so intense and although it does not necessarily lose intensity, it does shift gears a bit.

The synopsis does make it seem like Maris has a bigger decision on her hands than she really does. The whole jumper episode was only a very, very small portion of the book. It did get me to read this so I am assuming that is why there is so much emphasis put onto that but it is a small blurb compared to the other plots in the book.

Ron has some issues. That’s easy enough to see right away. I mean anyone that is considering, and literally standing on the wrong side of a bridge ready and willing to jump if he is told to, obviously has issues. It’s deep though. The entire book is set on this premise. He has to work through those issues but without Maris he just can’t. He doesn’t talk to his son, he doesn’t open up to his wife; basically all his emotions are bottled. It goes much further back than this plot though and that is interesting to get into it. It’s like peeling an onion.

Maris has her own set of problems. A year after her daughter died Maris realizes that she lost her life. But her daughter’s death was the catalyst to the understanding of this. Maris lost herself years and years before her daughter’s death. As one of the main characters I liked that she had to really come to terms with her own actions, prior to and after her daughter’s death. She realizes she’s not perfect and does some things that are not talked about at the end of the book that she should regret but does not seem like she does. It’s like finding herself gives her a way to do whatever she wants no matter the consequences and life just is not like that. BUT I did still like her and her plight TO find herself, no matter the cost. It just seems genuine, even if I do not totally agree with her, I can understand her.

Later in the book we get to meet the son too. I really liked this portion. It’s a question throughout the entire book and for each of the characters to know if he did or did not kill his girlfriend. It is written in an almost thriller like fashion, keeping the suspense there and clues are scattered throughout the book so the reader can make up their own mind as well. Everything comes out in the end and the way it is all done made me want to cry. I felt for each of the characters very deeply. There may be things that I did not like but in the end I was speechless and had to gather my thoughts for my review. And I haven’t stopped thinking about it since!

In short: This is a great book. Easy to read but with the vibe of a thriller.

Rating Report
4 / 5
Character Development
5 / 5
Writing Style
4.5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
5 / 5
Overall: 4.7 / 5


The author kitty


About Sophie Littlefield

Sophie's first novel, A BAD DAY FOR SORRY (Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's Minotaur, 2009) has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, Barry, and Crimespree awards, and won the Anthony Award and the RTBookReviews Reviewers Choice Award for Best First Mystery. Her novel AFTERTIME was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Horror award.

Sophie is also the author of:
A BAD DAY FOR PRETTY (Minotaur, 2010)
A BAD DAY FOR SCANDAL (Minotaur, 2011)
A BAD DAY FOR MERCY (Minotaur, 2012)
A BAD DAY FOR ROMANCE (Pocket, 2013)
BANISHED (Delacorte, 2010)
UNFORSAKEN (Delacorte, 2011)
HANGING BY A THREAD (Delacorte, October, 2012)
AFTERTIME (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
REBIRTH (Harlequin Luna, 2011)
HORIZON (Harlequin Luna, 2012)
GARDEN OF STONES (Harlequin MIRA, 2013)
BLOOD BOND (Pocket, 2012)

Upcoming titles include:
SHATTERED BOND (Pocket, October 2013)
HOUSE OF GLASS (Harlequin MIRA, February 2014)

Sophie grew up in Missouri, attended Indiana University, and worked in technology. She lives in Northern California.

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