28 June 2015

Book Review: Voice of Innocence, Lindsay Detwiler

Voice of Innocence

Title: Voice of Innocence
Author: Lindsay Detwiler
Published: 28/02/2015, Melange Books
Pages: 242
Source: Blog Giveaway - Thanks to Emily at Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lindsay Detwiler
Format: Paperback

Rating: 4/5
"We've all heard of the saying: you never forget you're first love. For some, however, perhaps the better terminology is haunted - haunted with the memories, the connections, and the life-changing relationships. 
So begins the tale of Emma Ranstein and Corbin Jones, two typical teenagers who travel the road of first love together, hearts sealed by a seemingly impenetrable bond. 
When Corbin Jones is convicted of murder and faces years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, though their love is put to the test. As Emma and Corbin await his release from prison decades later, both reflect on the power of a relationship neither has gotten over. 
Their unique story speaks to a universal heartstring within all of us: how do we move on past a first love if we aren't meant to do so? More importantly it reminds us that there is hope if the heart leads the way."

Voice of Innocence is such a good, good book! I actually couldn't bare to put it down. I just had to know more! It's such a heartbreaking story and I think that's the reason why I've found it so difficult to write this review.

Voice of Innocence it told via the point of view of both Emma and Corbin, not only during the present day but also through flashbacks that they both have. This allows us to gain a clear understanding of their thoughts, feelings and struggles. The flashbacks allow us to see how their relationship progressed from their first meeting and first kiss to graduation and Corbin's arrest. It's so tragic seeing Corbin and Emma reminisce over what could have been and trying to understand what they could have done differently.

I adored both Corbin and Emma and just wanted to hug them both a massive hug. Teenage Corbin was just so carefree and laidback, and so cute! The way in which he obviously doted on Emma was just so... aww! Understandably, adult Corbin has lost his carefree attitude - been falsely accused and locked up for nearly three decades has completely crushed him. He is a shadow of the boy he was. However, he still retains quite an immature aspect, probably because he wasn't able to grow up normally and experience life. As my granny would say: "It's such a crying shame".

I felt so sorry for Emma. Being with Corbin allowed her to come out of her shell in a way and this is completely reversed when he goes to prison. She secluded herself and like Corbin was unable to experience life. Emma just went through the everyday motions. I can't begin to imagine how brave Emma was to stay in her home town and face the pitying looks and whispers. I would have run a mile!

Voice of Innocence is a fantastic and tragic story. I would definitely recommend it. However, you should definitely keep tissues handy - I bawled my eyes out. I look forward to any other books by Lindsay Detwiler.

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  1. I love your review. I definitely agree I wanted to hug Corbin and Emma so much. I would've left town too, I don't think I would've had the same strength that Emma had to face the town she lived in.

    Tina @ Tina, The Bookworm

  2. Aww, thank you! I agree the strength Emma shows is mindboggling!

  3. I don't think I'd heard of this book before, but it sounds heartbreaking! Guess I need to put it on my list of books to read when I'm feeling like a tearjerker! Great review Lauren :)

    1. It is so so heartbreaking but so good at the same time. Definitely a must read!


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