Monday, January 19, 2015

Lost Innocence review

Lost Innocence by Simon Palmer

Synopsis:(from goodreads)

Michael, an artist charged with a crime he claims he didn’t commit, and John, a self-confessed heroin smuggler, are brought together in the primitive and over-crowded prison infamously known as the BANGKOK HILTON. Michael fights for his freedom, while John, resigned to his fate, wants only to regain his dignity. Michael's grandfather, a once brilliant lawyer, is brought out of retirement and flies to Bangkok to fight a case in a city where justice is bought and sold to the highest bidder and corruption is the oil that greases the wheels in the Land of Smiles.

Running out of time and unable to find the only witness, he searches for another way to succeed in what seems a hopeless case.

Meanwhile, in order to survive the most appalling conditions in jail, Michael and John must make the best of a dire situation as they wait for their separate fates to be decided. Will justice be served or will they see out the next ten years in that hell-hole of a prison?


 A raw and riveting read from start to finish while set in exotic Thailand with it's seedy and dangerous side allures the reader while driving home the reality of poverty and crime there. Michael's situation connects emotionally while admiration is gained by his sense of justice. A complimenting array of characters with just the right amount of back stories, make them vivid and very real in the readers mind. A thread of wit is occasionally injected to my surprise and delight. An over all great read!

4.5 stars

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

review by Margaret

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