Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Presumption of Guilt by Marti Green - Review

Presumption of Guilt
(Innocent Prisoners Project)
by Marti Green
Published: November 4, 2014
by Thomas & Mercer

Twelve years ago, teenager Molly Singer was tried and convicted for murdering her parents. She was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison, torn away from her newborn daughter, and forsaken by those closest to her. But now, a series of anonymous letters proclaim her innocence-and point a finger at a deadly conspiracy.

Attorney Dani Trumball specializes in defending the wrongfully imprisoned at the Help Innocent Prisoners Project. But taking Molly's case means taking on a hard-hearted justice system that doesn't like do-overs-and a merciless killer who will do anything to keep a secret history of dirty deals buried. Only the truth will set Molly free and reunite her broken family. And only Dani has any chance of finding it in a showdown that will push her legal talents-and her survival skills-to the very edge.

My review:
Molly Singer came home late one night after a date with her boyfriend and was too hyped up to sleep without taking some Ambien. The next morning, she discovered her parents had been murdered while she slept. Molly was convicted of their murders even though there was no physical evidence, when she was just 17 years old. At the time of her conviction, Molly was pregnant. She had her baby in prison and had to give her up after her daughter's first year. Finn, her ex-boyfriend and the baby's father, feels that it is harmful for Sophie to visit her mom in prison, so Molly loses all contact with her daughter. Molly also loses the only other family she now has, her sister, because her sister initially believes that Molly was guilty. However, now Molly's sister believes she may be innocent, mostly based on some anonymous letters she has received, and she convinces the Help Innocent Prisoners Project to take the case.

Presumption of Guilt is an amazing look at our flawed criminal justice system. I think most people would be shocked to discover how many times innocent people are convicted. This story of Molly and Dani, the attorney working to free her, gives a nod to the cracks in the justice system. The characters, especially Molly and Dani, are amazing. Dani is compassionate and determined. She gives everything she can to help those wrongly convicted. I really wish there were more people in the world like Dani. As a reader, you can't help but feel your heart go out to Molly, especially when she sees her daughter for the first time in years but can't even hug her because she is behind the glass in the prison visiting area. The plot and the writing are magnificent, and this novel is easy to read and engaging. Even as parts of the mystery start to fall into place, the reader is still left trying to piece together the whole puzzle until the end.

I loved this story, and Marti Green has been added to my list of authors to watch. If you enjoy mystery/legal thrillers, I would recommend you read this.

A copy was provided for an honest review.

About the author:
After receiving her master of science degree and her professional certificate, both in school psychology, Marti Green realized her true passion was the law. She went on to receive her law degree from Hofstra University and worked as an in-house counsel for a major cable television operator for twenty-three years, specializing in contracts, intellectual property law, and regulatory issues. She is the author of the legal thrillers Presumption of Guilt and Unintended Consequences. A passionate traveler, mother to two adult sons, and grandmother to five grandchildren, she now lives in central Florida with her husband, Lenny, and cat, Howie.

Find out more at MartiGreen.net.     

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