A twisting, turning, emotionally charged story, and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.
Some mistakes can change your life forever. For
Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a
friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted
manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt
endured behind bars.
Now nine years after his release from prison, his innocence long forgotten, he's an ex-con who takes nothing for granted. With his wife Olivia pregnant and the two of them closing on a house in his home town, things are looking up. Until the day Matt gets a shocking, inexplicable video call from Olivia's phone. And in an instant, the unraveling begins.
A mysterious man who begins tailing Matt turns up dead. A beloved nun is murdered. And local and federal authoritiesincluding homicide investigator, Loren Muse, a childhood schoolmate of Matt's with a troubled past of her ownsee all signs pointing to a former criminal with one murder already under his belt...Matt Hunter. Unwilling to lose everything for a second time, Matt and Olivia are forced outside the law in a desperate attempt to save their future together.
An electrifying thrill-ride of a novel that peeks behind the white picket fences of suburbia, The Innocent is at once a twisting, turning, emotionally charged story, and a compelling tale of the choices we make and the repercussions that never leave us.
You never meant to kill him.
Your name is Matt Hunter. You are twenty years old. You grew up in an upper-middle-class suburb in northern New Jersey, not far from Manhattan. You live on the poorer side of town, but it's a pretty wealthy town. Your parents work hard and love you unconditionally. You are a middle child. You have an older brother whom you worship, and a younger sister whom you tolerate.
Like every kid in your town, you grow up worrying about your future and what college you will get into. You work hard enough and get good, if not spectacular, grades. Your average is an A minus. You don't make the top ten percent but you're close. You have decent extracurricular activities, including a stint as treasurer of the school. You are a letterman for both ...
Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey. After graduating
from Amherst College as a political science major, he
worked in the travel industry. He has won each of the
three big mystery awards - the Edgar, the Agatha, and the Shamus. He now lives in New
Jersey with his wife, Anne Armstrong-Coben MD, medical
director of Covenant House in Newark, and their four
He is the author of 8 mystery/thrillers about sports agent Myron Bolitar, and a number of standalone novels:
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