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December Book Review: Presumed Innocent

My Reasons For Reading This Book

As I have mentioned before my mom is constantly recommend books for me to read. She knows the types of books that I liked to read and makes suggestions for what I should read. Since she knows that I like mystery or detective novels she suggested that I read Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow. She read this book around the time it was first published in the 1990s and thought it was a good novel; that is why she recommend it to me.

Content of the Book

Rusty Sabich the chief deputy prosecutor for Kindle County was assigned to investigate the rape and murder of Carolyn Polhemus his college and past lover. Due to the fact that Rusty's boss is in the middle of an election the murder is seen as an embarrassment to his boss Raymond Horgan, which puts the pressure on Rusty to solve the murder in order to save Horgan's political standing. Not only is Rusty struggling with the murder of Carolyn, but he is also navigating the stain that the knowledge of his affair is having on his marriage. As a result of not making progress in finding the killer and Horgan's loss in the election Rusty is accused of the murder and rape of Carolyn Polhemus. 

What I Like About This Book

The only thing I truly liked about this book was the ending. By the ending I mean the last five chapters. Scott Turow brought the novel to a close in a fluid and organized manner. I found the ending of the novel to be the easiest to read and also the most intriguing. Aside for the ending of the novel, the organized of the novel into the different seasons was another aspect that I liked.

What I Disliked About This Book

The writing style of this book is the main part of the book that I disliked. I found Rusty's flashbacks to be not clearly identified, which caused confusion and resulted in me being confused and having to reread to make sure I was understanding what I was happening. Another aspect of this novel that I disliked was that the writing style was not consistent. At times I felt as through I was reading a novel that was written by more than one person. I would have to say that the writing style improved as the novel progressed. The transitions throughout the chapter were choppy and could have been more polished. I also think that when it comes to the progression of this novel it was quite flat and did not have many interesting climaxes. It felt as through the novel was not progressing and I become very bored and was forcing myself to continue to read. As someone whose law knowledge is limited to what I have watched on TV, I thought that more of the trial procedures could have been explained in more detail so that the reader would completely understand what was happening.

Would I Recommend This Book?

I would not recommend this book to anyone. Even though the ending was good, the rest of the novel was awful and I found reading it to be a chore and not enjoyable at all. Sometimes for my monthly book reviews I give exceptions for why someone might want to read this book, but I cannot think of one for this book. 


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