Thursday, January 31, 2013

Book Review for Unintended Consequences by Marti Green

Unintended Consequences

4 stars
Reviewed by: Tonya
Published:  Marti Green
Source: purchased copy Genre: mystery suspense


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 in the woods 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 Calhoun's missing daughter? For nineteen years, George has stayed silent. But that's about to change, and the story he tells Dani - if it's true - changes everything.
My Thoughts

Dani Trumball is married to Doug a legal professor at a local university and mother to Jonah a special needs chold diagnosed with Williams Syndrome. Dani works for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. Usually she writes the final legal appeals and such after fellow coworkers have proven a prisoner was wrongly convicted. But a letter from convicted child killer George Calhoun has her investigating his claim that the body they found was not his daughter Angelina.

George and Sallie Calhoun loved their beautiful daughter Angelina but she is fighting for her life with a occurrence of Leukemia that has spread. Already in debt from their first battle the doctor is willing to waive his fee but the Calhoun's already owe so much the hospital wont budge. Without treatment Angelina will surely die. George and Sallie make the toughest decision in their lives. One that winds them in prison, Sallie gets life in prison while George gets the death sentence.

19 years later and 6 weeks before he is to walk that final walk to his death sentence, all appeals exhausted he still maintains the burned body of that little girl was not his daughter, not his beautiful Angelina so in one last ditch effort and with the prodding of the warden he writes to HIPP and his letter winds up on the desk of Dani Ttumbal. Now its up to her take the case or turn it down.

Dani takes the case and brings in Tommy Norland former FBI and office flirt but hes the best investigator and he doesn't believe George is innocent so he will be a great balancing board. And Melonie Quinn assistant editor of the law review has a passion for setting things right just like Dani the perfect fit for this case.

Their investigation leads them down many twists and turns. After Dani meets with George she truly believes the body they found was not the daughter of George and Sallie, even though Sallie who hates George swears that was their daughter. Dani and Melonie fight and lose many different appeals. Tommy receives a threat. People are being killed. And Dani is beginning to lose hope.

But then a small thread and the more they pull it the mow the truth unravels. Could George be telling the truth, could that burned body be that of another missing girl? Could Angelina still be alive. Its down to the wire and Dani is fighting for an innocent mans life.

This is a great legal thriller well written I felt drawn in from the start and was on the edge of my seat wondering is he telling the truth.