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Revenge of Innocents (Carolyn Sullivan #4)

3.39 of 5 stars 3.39  ·  rating details  ·  254 ratings  ·  28 reviews
"New York Times" bestselling author Rosenberg probes the heart of the justice system--and the depths of revenge--in the fourth gripping novel featuring Ventura County probation officer Carolyn Sullivan.
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Kensington (first published 2007)
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One of the worst books I've ever read! The characters came up with possible solutions without evidence and then ran around trying to prove them. When they couldn't make that solution stick, they just came up with another crazy one. Felt like a vicious cycle.
Very convoluted plot twists which were cumbersome. This book was 100 pages too long.
I ordered this book from PaperbackSwap because it kept resurfacing in "books you may like"...which is also how I find friends on Facebook, actually. Apparently, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg is a police detective with the LAPD AND an author. Her work with the police force makes the dialogue and the plot seem pretty authentic, although towards the end I think she threw in 2 too many plot twists. I was ready for this book to be over around page 300. The overall theme is incest with a side of murder. I'm ...more
Apparently the protagonist in this book (Carolyn Sullivan) has figured in a series of NT's books? Not clear, but the jacket implies that.

In any case, Carolyn's best buddy and fellow probation person is murdered, and then Carolyn's buddy's husband is murdered, and then Carolyn nearly murders the one she thinks is the murderer - oh, and the dead husband was accused of molesting his and Carolyn's wretched teenage daughter, who is a totally disgusting person and Carolyn has a boatload of Catholic gu
In the 4th installment of the Carolyn Sullivan series, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg delivers us a shocker and takes us a dark side. While planning her wedding to Marcus, Carolyn learns about her best friend's death. From there, she becomes entangled into a web of lies and deceit and other family secrets. When she becomes the legal guardian of her oldest daughter Jude, she didn't know what to believe between fact and fiction. We watch how emotionally involved she is to the case that pushes her to the l ...more
Besides everyone else's comments, I found 21 errors.
Rosemary A.
Too many suspects.
This was a good book, great story idea. However, the "who done it" back and forth it, got a bit confusing for my little brain. Too many theories thrown out, debated by the police and staff. Frequently I felt confused. I missed some of the characters from the other books, like John (Carolyn's son, who should have known Jude from High school) and Neil (Carolyn's brother). Good story, but a bit cluttered at times. The second in the Carolyn Sullivan series is still my favorite.
I have read many of Nancy Taylor Rosenberg's best sellers but found this one to be the worse of the lot. Usually, she puts alot more effort into character development and that wasn't done for this book. The lead character, Carolyn, was never likeable and, I thought, was downright whiney. I didn't like this book at all but finished it just to see if the author tied up loose ends at the finish. Nothing about this book was believable.
Not my favorite Rosenberg book. Although her books are kind of romantic/mystery potboilers anyway, I'm OK with that. What drove me crazy was that every time some few clues pointed to a particular culprit, all the police investigators were 100% convinced they had the killer. Then, three chapters later they were 100% convinced they had a different one. I never felt that's how real police would have handled it.
This was one of the most convoluted police procedurals I have ever read. I like a complex plot as much as the next person. However, the author had so many subplots that she tried to tie together that the story struggled under its own weight. Not the best I've ever read, I'm sorry to say.
Rachel Sumner
This book bored me from the start, there were too many characters that had no significance right off the bat. It also seemed very scattered to me and I had a hard time keeping up with all the twists, I dont recommend this book I only finished it because I had invested to much time not to.
Candace Chesler
Enjoyed this - but not as much as a John Sandford book. The plot line of incest/pedophilia is presented well. Where she lost me was with the murder of the best friend's husband. I started skimming paragraphs after that just to finish. As others have said - too many plot twists.
It kept you guessing up until the end, but there were some undeveloped storylines that were just left hanging. It kept me engaged and I read it quickly, however now that I am finished the more I think about it, the more criticism I seem to have for it.
2.5 stars, but not rounding up because I didn't any of characters likable. It may be since I started with the last book in the series, but I just didn't connect with any of them. I usually like NTR but I think I'll skip the others in this series.
This novel was well written and very interesting. It's a story of the underdogs coming back and winning. Who wouldn't like to hear that type of story? I don't want to share too much, and ruin the ending but it is definitely worth the read.
So far so good, about 3/4 of the way through it. I'm not sure who the "killer" is or even who the bad guys are. She does a great job of convincing you it's one person then making you question that. Can't wait to finish!
Leslie Johnson
I could not figure out who the bad guy was until the vary end. The story opens where the victim is not identified but her beating is, the perp is known but not to us.
I am jumping around in the series of books that center around Carolyn Sullivan, almost hard to follow, a lot of subplots and twists. Good legal thriller.

Always like any of Rosenberg's books as I can relate to a lot of her research areas having worked as a Probation Assistant and District Attorney Assiistant.
Larry Cook
She is one of the best authors I have read. Keeps you reading long after you should have stopped.
Nov 04, 2007 Hayseed rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery
Not her best book, but a fast read and good whodunnit. Some parts are a bit hokey.
dark and twisted, child abuse, murder (of course), compulsive lying Ick
Kendra Armstrong
Compelling plot, but contains some highly disturbing content. Well-written!
i love nancy taylor rosenberg,but was disappointed with this one.
Lisa W
Good pulp murder mystery. Author is prior law enforcement.
Linda Cafarella
Well worth reading.....
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With a BA in English and 5 years as a photographic model behind her, Nancy Taylor Rosenberg studied criminology. She served in the Dallas Police Department, New Mexico State Police, Ventura Police Department and as an Investigative Probation Officer in Court Services for the Country of Ventura where she handled major crimes. She lives in California.
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