The Innocent One

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What to expect


‘Thought provoking and unsettling’ Alex Gray

‘Had me turning the pages late into the night’ C. J. Cooper

‘Gripping, twisty’ Karen Dionne

‘An emotionally charged, nerve-jangling thriller’ Saskia Sarginson


Ten years ago, Sebastian Croll was found not guilty of murdering his playmate.

Criminal solicitor Daniel Hunter defended the eleven-year-old in a trial that gripped the nation, but the past is unearthed when Daniel 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.

As Daniel steps in to represent Sebastian for the second time, rumour of his client’s identity spreads like wildfire.

The media swarm. Threats begin to arrive. And the question on everyone’s lips:

Could the child once accused of murder really be innocent?

What everyone is saying about Lisa Ballantyne’s thrillers:

‘Gripping’ Clare Mackintosh

‘Sophisticated, suspensefu’ Lee Child

‘Tense’ Sunday Times

‘Unsettling and compulsive’ Rosamund Lupton

‘Moving’ Guardian

‘Emotionally intense’ Richard & Judy Book Club

‘Grips like a vice’ Daily Mail

‘Thought-provoking’ Gilly Macmillan

‘Tense’ Rachel Abbott

‘A page-turner’ Daily Express

‘I couldn’t get this book out of my head’ Jenny Colgan

Critics Review

  • Thought provoking and unsettling

    Alex Gray, the Sunday Times bestselling author of the DSI Lorimer series
  • A skilful mixture of creepy crime thriller and gripping domestic drama, the Innocent One had me turning the pages late into the night.

    C. J. Cooper, bestselling author of The Book Club
  • Such a wonderfully layered novel, part emotionally charged, nerve-jangling thriller, and part tender, intelligent family drama. I couldn’t put it down. Brilliant.

    Saskia Sarginson, bestselling author of The Twins
  • A crackling good read – exactly the kind of novel that readers have come to expect from one of the most talented psychological suspense authors working today. With a gripping, twisty plot, conflicted and relatable characters, ever-rising tension, and an ending that’s as thrilling as it is satisfying, I loved this book!

    Karen Dionne, No. 1 internationally bestselling author of The Marsh King's Daughter
  • Praise for Lisa Ballantyne’s previous novels:

  • A gripping and emotionally charged story. Just brilliant

    Clare Mackintosh

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