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If you loved Presumed Innocent, I have no doubt you’ll love Innocent. Jump. It will satiate you.
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2020
For all those who say Innocent is not as good as Presumed Innocent, it’s too easy to forget what a high bar that is for almost everyone reading this book. It is a different book. It has four narrators: Rusty, his son Nat, Tommy Molto – who gets a whole new, humanizing, look – and Anna, a sympathetic character with a complex role. Sandy Stern still plays a lead role, but he is less of a star than in Presumed. (This fact alone might have discouraged me from reading this book, but I’m glad it didn’t.) Yes, Rusty is older, but he is the exact same character you knew. The writing, something perhaps too easily overlooked in such a good story, is such a pleasure to read that it astonishes. It is as good or better than in PI, but either way is immediately familiar in the best sense. And I found the ending unquestionably more satisfying than the ending in Presumed Innocent. While Turow is never going to wrap things up in a (unbelievable) Happily-Ever-After-Walk-Into-the-Sunset, the ending of Innocent left me far more settled than Presumed did. Like I had finished a really excellent, nine course meal, down to the perfectly rich desert and lulling after-dinner drink, and could walk away perfectly sated; a feeling I did not come close to having after Presumed.
I don’t feel the hesitation some seem to have in recommending this book wholeheartedly. So again, if you loved Presumed Innocent, don’t hesitate. You won’t mourn that the characters have gotten older. They haven’t fundamentally changed. If you loved Presumed Innocent, I have no doubt you’ll love Innocent. Jump. It will satiate you.
*I must also say that some allude that the mystery or twist is how the death of Barbara occurred, but that is not the twist, so do not be put off by thinking that’s much of an issue, or that you’ve somehow tripped on a spoiler.