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Innocent Blood This Is An Alternate Cover Edition For ISBN , Adopted As A Child Into A Privileged Family, Philippa Palfrey Fantasizes That She Is The Daughter Of An Aristocrat And A Parlor Maid The Terrifying Truth About Her Parents And A Long Ago Murder Is Only The First In A Series Of Shocking Betrayals Philippa Quickly Learns That Those Who Delve Into The Secrets Of The Past Must Be On Guard When Long Buried Horrors Begin To Stir


10 thoughts on “Innocent Blood

  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Well written and engaging, Innocent Blood is one of those books in which you can t like any of the main characters, the word, reptilian, comes to mind to describe Phillipa and Maurice adopted daughter and father The innocent of the title is a raped and murdered 12 year old girl, Julie The murder took place a decade ago and the book deals with the lies and distortions that come with this heinous act.


  2. says:

    Things I learned from this book 1 It isalwaysthe fault of the child for getting raped for being stupid, you know Or for taking the wrong route 2 You are supposed to like, empathise with and feel sorry for child murderers.3 If your husband rapes a little girl, your immediate response should be to give him brandy, murder the girl, and try to protect your husband Because strength.4 The poor, poor men rape because they are looking for love and gentleness 5 Child rape is really okay Things I learned from this book 1 It isalwaysthe fault of the child for getting raped for being stupid, you know Or for taking the wrong route 2 You are supposed to like, empathise with and feel sorry for child murderers.3 If your husband rapes a little girl, your immediate response should be to give him brandy, murder the girl, and try to protect your husband Because strength.4 The poor, poor men rape because they are looking for love and gentleness 5 Child rape is really okay It was all nice and gentle anyway 6 A woman who likes casual sex will also enjoy rape Then, it would be the poor man who has to get rid of her by giving her presents 7 If you are adopted, it is merely because your adoptive father wants to have sex with you Ten years down the line It s all planned, I tell you 8 Everyone is unpleasant and disgusting 9 No one loves anyone else Except child murderers They are worthy of love and respect.10 People don t need to feel passion, anger, despair to take revenge on someone It s all just a duty Emotions don t come into it.11 Emotions are redundant anyway 12 There is no need for dialogue People all talk too much anyway 13 Lengthy descriptions of nothing in particular will make up for a lack of plot and characterisation NOT.The book starts off with an adopted woman who is seeking to find her roots She finds out that her father is a rapist and her mother is a murderer and decides she is stupid enough to communicate her mother and arrange to live together At the same time, the father of the murdered girl is seeking to exact revenge of a personal nature on the murderess The premise is interesting enough, but the execution is a very different matter Only three things happen in this book.1 Philippa and her mother endlessly doing mundane things and going about their business No one cares.2 Scase following them about all over the place, endlessly planning a murder of two most unpleasant people No one cares.3 A few of the other characters showing up once in a while and behaving in an artificial manner No one cares I have read psychological thrillers on this theme before, and I had been thrilled In this book, I could not care about anything, and couldn t care less whether Scase gets to murder them or not The protagonist is a spoilt brat, not to mention, extremely stupid, but the others are almost as bad I could also have done without an unnecessary sex scene between adoptive father and adopted daughter right at the end It just pulled down the already disgusting book down another notch The end is lame The story had enormous potential, but execution was pretty bad.PD James passed away last month, and I chose this book when I read the news and remembered I had a couple of her books lying around Big mistake I feel really mean writing this review but it s too late now


  3. says:

    This book has an interesting premise The main character, adopted and raised by a well to do family, discovers that her origins are not as she has fantasised, but much, much bleaker view spoiler Her natural father and mother raped and killed a child What would happen if such a person, still only 17, decided to track down her mother And what would then happen if the murdered child s father had the same idea at the same point hide spoiler This is a page turner One of P.D James earlie This book has an interesting premise The main character, adopted and raised by a well to do family, discovers that her origins are not as she has fantasised, but much, much bleaker view spoiler Her natural father and mother raped and killed a child What would happen if such a person, still only 17, decided to track down her mother And what would then happen if the murdered child s father had the same idea at the same point hide spoiler This is a page turner One of P.D James earlier novels from 1978, it is not so much in the mystery genre,a psychological drama And as such it is not as violent and explicit as some of her later works The setting is mostly urban, the characters nicely depicted and contrasted, and the story unfolds in a satisfying way A few hallmark James twists ensure that the reader will not guess the ending


  4. says:

    who hasn t imagined that they were actually a child of mysterious fortune or an heir to a legacy of romantic adventure does anyone imagine the opposite the legacy instead one of squalid violence and tawdry misadventure, straight from tabloid headlines this early revelation is only the first of many disconnects between fantasy and reality that the oddly good hud protagonist suffers essentially a slow burning psychological mystery depicting the uncomfortable dance between a murderess, her who hasn t imagined that they were actually a child of mysterious fortune or an heir to a legacy of romantic adventure does anyone imagine the opposite the legacy instead one of squalid violence and tawdry misadventure, straight from tabloid headlines this early revelation is only the first of many disconnects between fantasy and reality that the oddly good hud protagonist suffers essentially a slow burning psychological mystery depicting the uncomfortable dance between a murderess, her daughter, and a victim s vengeful father not a whodunit, but rather a what will happen next the murderess is a fascinatingly blank character, pathetic and threatening and mysterious, both predator and prey the mystery is all in the motivation and never in the atmosphere the latter of which is firmly grounded in prosaic, kitchen sink reality, per usual for James


  5. says:

    James is a good writer she must be considered at the top of the heap of the world s mystery writers Most others don t come close But her worldview is so misanthropic, most of her characters so hateful, pathetic, or disgusting the lovely Dalgliesh is an exception, and it s why you breathe a sigh of relief whenever he appears that all her novels are tinged and blighted by it Soaked in it This is a psychological thriller, not a police procedural Dalgliesh is not a character In this book t James is a good writer she must be considered at the top of the heap of the world s mystery writers Most others don t come close But her worldview is so misanthropic, most of her characters so hateful, pathetic, or disgusting the lovely Dalgliesh is an exception, and it s why you breathe a sigh of relief whenever he appears that all her novels are tinged and blighted by it Soaked in it This is a psychological thriller, not a police procedural Dalgliesh is not a character In this book the only humans you can stand are a blind hotel clerk, Violet, and a 12 year old rape and murder victim, Julie Everyone else is absolutely awful.Also, nothing in the characters motivations is believable The protagonist, Philippa, an 18 year old aspiring writer who will be heading off to Cambridge in a few months, was adopted at age 8 by a well to do couple, a haughty college professor and his quavering, self loathing wife Philippa has never bonded with her adoptive parents, so when she reaches the age of majority, she decides she must know who her real parents were This is revealed early in the book so I won t be completely spoiling it her father was a pedophile rapist who died in prison, her mother the murderess of the last girl her father raped, Julie Her mother is due to be released from prison shortly, and Philippa like any other normal daughter decides she must take a flat with her murderess mother and live with her until it s time to go to university Daughter and murderess enjoy each other s company and live happily, working grungy jobs at a fish n chips fast food restaurant to support themselves, until plot twists happen At the same time, Julie s father Norman, view spoiler keeping a promise to his dead wife, plots the murder of Philippa s mother Julie s killer hide spoiler.You will not understand why Philippa s mother murdered a 12 year old girl You will not be able to align the murdering mother with the later view we get of her, shopping happily for vegetables James is utterly unconvincing on this.Oh, and at the end of the book, we find out that Philippa s adoptive father, Maurice, big spoiler here, you probably shouldn t click view spoiler was basically in love with Philippa from the moment he saw her at age eight, and decided he and his wife must adopt her Every woman he s fucked since then has failed to live up to his imagination of fucking Philippa He gets his chance on a trip to Italy, he and Philippa have consensual sex, just once They have to get it out of their systems So they can go on to live normal lives You see, it s totally, totally normal hide spoiler.James is very skilled in her descriptive passages she can detail a shabby room like no one else Every time she writes about shabbiness, which she does a lot, it is horrifying I actually almost needed to throw up after some of her shabby descriptions here She also loves LOVES the word fawn You should play a drinking game and have a shot every time she uses the word fawn The color, not the baby deer


  6. says:

    Over the last year or so, I have met a wide variety of people who like knitting not least the ferocious and redoubtable knitters of CERN, one of whom was even featured on a recent Swiss TV program So, although I do not knit myself, I have come to develop some appreciation of the joy and heartbreak it can bring people.This book is one that I would advise knitters to approach with great caution Suppose there were a person you had thought about every day for many years, and longed desperately t Over the last year or so, I have met a wide variety of people who like knitting not least the ferocious and redoubtable knitters of CERN, one of whom was even featured on a recent Swiss TV program So, although I do not knit myself, I have come to develop some appreciation of the joy and heartbreak it can bring people.This book is one that I would advise knitters to approach with great caution Suppose there were a person you had thought about every day for many years, and longed desperately to meet Suppose, by some extraordinary chance, that you were suddenly granted an opportunity to meet that person Suppose, as a token of your love and gratitude, that you knitted them a miraculously wonderful sweater, a piece of knitting into which you had poured your very soul.And then view spoiler suppose they threw it in the river hide spoiler


  7. says:

    This is totally not what I ve expected And unfortunately, mostly in a bad way.I expected a thriller, a crime story Maybe some investigation And this is at best a psychological thriller With a emphasize on psychological It s not what I was looking for And these kind of books are rather on the edge of my comfort zone, and not in a good way I rarely feel a pleasure of reading with them.Let s start with something good The writing is excellent, I can t deny it The characters are unique and c This is totally not what I ve expected And unfortunately, mostly in a bad way.I expected a thriller, a crime story Maybe some investigation And this is at best a psychological thriller With a emphasize on psychological It s not what I was looking for And these kind of books are rather on the edge of my comfort zone, and not in a good way I rarely feel a pleasure of reading with them.Let s start with something good The writing is excellent, I can t deny it The characters are unique and complicated The whole idea is fascinating and distinctive I definitely enjoyed the opportunity this kind of plot gives There are some parts of the book that I really liked.But then, there are all those pages I find completely boring The descriptions are so detailed that skipping is nearly a must And there is no really good reason for that, I could live without the detailed report on every building, every street and every meaningless action of the character The books drags through pages First half is quite boring.I needed this book for a very specific challenge, the author is generally familiar to me, I have read one of her books years ago, but I m a bit disappointed with the experience This is just not my thing However, I can totally imagine other readers truly enjoying this complicated psychologically story


  8. says:

    Well Crafted, But I Did NOT Enjoy it I almost gave this a 3, since clearly the story is well crafted and James knows her way around crime fiction.But I didn t enjoy reading this in fact I couldn t WAIT for it to end.She has a very cynical worldview All of the major characters are despicable It didn t help that Penelope Dellaporta read the audio in a sing song voice like a bored, upper class, English school girl.Philippa Palfrey, the adopted daughter of Maurice and Hilda Palfrey, uses the C Well Crafted, But I Did NOT Enjoy it I almost gave this a 3, since clearly the story is well crafted and James knows her way around crime fiction.But I didn t enjoy reading this in fact I couldn t WAIT for it to end.She has a very cynical worldview All of the major characters are despicable It didn t help that Penelope Dellaporta read the audio in a sing song voice like a bored, upper class, English school girl.Philippa Palfrey, the adopted daughter of Maurice and Hilda Palfrey, uses the Children Act, a British law and the name of an Ian McEwan novel to find her birth mother Philippa is intelligent, scheming, unfeeling, and mean But she s very pretty and part of a well known upper crust family by adoption , so people seem to overlook her unpleasant personality.Her birth parents, it turns out, had a history view spoiler Her birth mother, Mary Dacton, strangled a child, Julie Scase, after Philippa s birth father, a pederast, had raped the girl hide spoiler Philippa, who doesn t care for her adoptive parents, even though they spoiled her rotten, is ecstatic to find her real mother She rents a flat for the both of them for a few months during the summer before she is to matriculate at Cambridge.More plot twists ensue.Maurice is a leftist sociology professor and a frequent guest on TV talk shows view spoiler Turns out he is also an adulterer and has been in love with Philippa since he first encountered her at age eight Towards the end of the book, they sleep together, even though Maurice is still married to Hilda, Philippa s adoptive mother Oh well Things like marriage don t seem to count for much in James zeitgeist hide spoiler Hilda is a weak, self doubting woman who cares for nothing but cooking It s not clear whether she even cooks well Towards the end of the book, she finally gets a dog Hurray At last a living creature loves Hilda Philippa s sometime boyfriend, Gabriel, is a snooty, self serving aristo view spoiler who happily betrays her for his own purposes hide spoiler And to top it all off, there s Norman Scase, the dead girl s father, a creepy, weasly, retired bureaucrat view spoiler who plots to murder Mary Dacton hide spoiler Everyone lies to everyone about everything or at the very least, omits critical information Everyone except for Hilda, who is naive, dumb, and needy is scheming and self serving.I m glad this one s over


  9. says:

    This was my first P.D James and I ll definitely be readingInnocent Blood tells the story of Philippa Palfrey, an 18 year old who was adopted at age 8 She has decided to exercise her right to find out who her birth parents were in an attempt to discover who she really is It doesn t all go to plan though, when she finds out the truth about her real parents and it s not the same as the romantic fantasies she s made up in her head I loved this book from start to finish It kept me engro This was my first P.D James and I ll definitely be readingInnocent Blood tells the story of Philippa Palfrey, an 18 year old who was adopted at age 8 She has decided to exercise her right to find out who her birth parents were in an attempt to discover who she really is It doesn t all go to plan though, when she finds out the truth about her real parents and it s not the same as the romantic fantasies she s made up in her head I loved this book from start to finish It kept me engrossed throughout and I really didn t want to put it down This isn t your typical crime thriller novel, it goes much deeper than that It s a psychological story of human nature, revenge and relationships The characters are well built, although not entirely likeable, and the plot is slow moving, but in a good way The plot develops well and builds stedily to the climax, which was a great twist I found the pace moved along nicely and although it was slow, it didn t feel boring at any time The writing is also brilliant, James is clearlyliterary than other authors in this genre Her command of the English language is excellent and she uses it to perfection in this book This is one I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes a good plot and engaging characters


  10. says:

    So we come to Innocent Blood the second book I purchased from Sophie Hannah s Twist List with this one the unexpected part told me why it was on that list and was very clever but the rest of the book left me rather uncomfortable Good plotting and P D James classic writing that was not the problem.The characters were all pretty awful To be honest Phillipa Palfrey who discovers her mother is a child murderer never really bothers to find out the realities of that just dives into a relation So we come to Innocent Blood the second book I purchased from Sophie Hannah s Twist List with this one the unexpected part told me why it was on that list and was very clever but the rest of the book left me rather uncomfortable Good plotting and P D James classic writing that was not the problem.The characters were all pretty awful To be honest Phillipa Palfrey who discovers her mother is a child murderer never really bothers to find out the realities of that just dives into a relationship with her in some vain attempt to I don t know, find herself Annoy her adopted father Stick two fingers up to her adopted mother who was so insipid I d happily have stabbed her to death using only the thorns on the damned roses Whatever Phillipa was annoyingly whiny having ultimately had such a privileged upbringing and her adopted father was an asshole of the highest order.Her mother, the child murderer, is portrayed sympathetically Lots of references are made to how the child wouldn t have been raped by Phillipa s father and subsequently murdered by Phillipa s mother if the child had gone a different way home or hadn t made such a fuss about being sexually assaulted or hadn t been so naive That is never really addressed to ensure clarity of purpose When we hear about this poor child either from the murderess or from Phillipa she is almost an after thought, in which she is seen as an unfortunate coincidence Only her father still grieves but even that is secondary to revenge.Whilst the slight game changers that occur that make both the reader and the characters reassess situations are very beautifully placed and fulfilled the literary twist theme I ve been exploring, they served in a way to make things evendistasteful Don t even get me STARTED on what happens in Italy No need for it None at ALL it added exactly zero to the plot.Its not a problem when I don t like characters in fact often my best reads come from pure unadulterated hatred the problem with this lot was they had no redeeming features of an evil nature or otherwise To be honest I would have been much happier if P D James had suddenly jumped the shark and had a meteor crash to earth at the end of the novel wiping them all out and preventing them from procreating further.1 to acknowledge the writing skill we all know PD James is brilliant and another for the one scene between Phillipa and her adopted Father where he pulls the rug out from under her and us and in THIS scene the characters came to vivid emotional life Then they went back to being annoyingly entitled again No really a volcano would have done it happened in that Tommy Lee Jones movie why not in the middle of London I kind of want to recommend it anyway It is one of this classic crime writer s favourites among her readers, in a way I can see why But it wasn t my favourite of hers in any way