Guilty... until proven innocent (DI Braddick #3)Guilty… until proven innocent by Conrad Jones
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book of this series I have read. It did not disappoint me.

The opening in the Prologue and the first few chapters were scintillating. First we read about the unknown killer’s methods and his warped mind, then it moves on to another POV, that of Richard Vignes, a schoolteacher accused of having sex with a 13-year old schoolgirl.

He has come to the attention of a Facebook vigilante group who “out” paedophiles. We are left wondering whether he is guilty of the allegations and my heart was thumping at the injustice of it all as the reader is not certain he is guilty. That whole scenario is written so brilliantly by author Conrad Jones. Therein lies a moral. The author encapsulates what is wrong with social media when it is used for the wrong purposes.

The rest of the story moves on at a fair pace. The switches from character to character, chapter by chapter, and their respective POVs keeps us guessing right to the end.

We are even introduced to one of the author’s characters from a previous series – Detective Superintendent Alex Ramsay. He fits in to the story line neatly and plays a key role in unmasking the mystery serial killer.

This book is #3 in the DI Braddick series. I still know so little about him. As a protagonist, he seems to be almost peripheral. But it works!

I did find the ending to be a little flat but still enjoyed the book immensely. One could say the champagne-popping start to the book was bound to end up with some flat bubbles once the cork had been popped in such a thrilling opening. Still four stars from me.

I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to review the book ant any opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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