Book Review: Unintended Consequences by Marti Green

Unintended Consequences

 

This was another one of those free Kindle Books I’ve collected over the last several months and I must say it is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Read on for my review:

Unintended Consequences, by Marti Green

How much would a father sacrifice for his child?

“Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just a few weeks away.

George said he didn’t do it. That the body isn’t his little Angelina. But that’s all he’s ever said – no other defense, no other explanation. 

Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence that the body in the woods was George’s daughter. But if the girl isn’t Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns’ missing daughter?
For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But that’s about to change, and the story he tells Dani—if it’s true—changes everything.”

In 1990 George Calhoun felt he had no way out, no other means to help the one thing that is absolutely precious to him…so he did something he thought he’d never do.  Ask yourself these questions; how much would you do for your child? Especially if that child was gravely ill and you had absolutely no means of helping them? The state system tells you that your income is too high to qualify for medical benefits yet your job does not offer the benefits you so desperately need?  As a parent I know the battle George faced – I’ve been there, done that, lost my insurance, was unable to obtain medical benefits for myself and my husband but we were able to get insurance for the kids, thankfully – but then your faced with difficult decisions…take care of you or take care of child.  George thankfully did not have that internal battle, it was all about his baby girl…yet we know as a parent that we would do absolutely anything for our children, even if that means doing the unthinkable. Or did he?  Only he knows the truth and it’s up to Dani Trumball and HIPP to find out the truth!

This book grabbed me from the off! The minute I opened it until the very end! If I didn’t have work and family obligations I would not have put it down.  The way the author interwove all of the characters’ back stories, how their past history and current lives affect the way each character approaches the case and what that will ultimately mean for George and the final outcome.  The means in which Marti takes to walk the reader through the appeals process, the court process and just what the system was like in 1990 vs. modern day is not like anything I have read previously.  Unlike a normal crime-legal-mystery novel this one did not introduce the “voice” of the criminal until more than half way into it, so the reader is left wondering what actually happened to the child found in the woods – how does George Calhoun and Dani’s HIPP office fit into the equation?  The suspense and intrigue of the case and the means that Dani is willing to take to achieve her goal of freeing George keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last word!  I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Crime Novels!

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