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(Pen Pals and Serial Killers #5)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  29 reviews
I'm as innocent as a newborn baby. I swear. I didn't kill those men.

They threw me in a mental hospital to cover up the real killer's crimes. I have no idea why, but I have theories.

Let me tell you my story so you can decide if I'm guilty or innocent.
Kindle Edition, 45 pages
Published March 4th 2019
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Paula  Phillips
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it

First off if you want a super quick read, then Innocent is the book for you as it is not only fast-paced but also a short story. It is also one of those books that leave you thinking A) WTF did I just read and B) Wait a minute, I'm confused did she do it or not? I still have no idea whether she was set up to take the fall and is innocent or whether she is guilty and had like a massive dissociative identity disorder crisis. The book starts with the main female lead witnessing what she saw was a m
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Okay then...
That was... Odd.
I must admit, I don't really get it.
I just couldn't wrap my head around it. It's too confusing, it makes no sense.. I am as baffled as the protagonist is!
Is she innocent? I don't bloody well know.

I'm left with more questions than I started with.
Ronald Keeler
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Innocent is the title of a short story by Jo Michaels. Just under the title is this line: Pen Pals and Serial Killers – Story Five. If you like this story, you have more good reading to look forward to. For this story, there is an introductory part in which the narrator promises the reader a cookie or maybe two if, after reading the story, the reader is convinced the narrator is innocent. The story is short, and there are reader rewards based on judgments made. The story is not quite your grade- ...more
Jessica Belmont
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As if I expected anything less, Jo Michaels has written another gripping novella. Innocent is told from the point of view of a woman who is trying to prove her innocence in a warped reality.

I loved the main character’s thoughts. She was a but sarcastic and frantic, and it made question her innocence and guilt with every page.

The story is fast-paced and Jo Michaels creates this sense of tension and confusion which puts the reader right into the story. I found myself questioning what was real and
Jade Simcox (3 Degrees Of Fiction)
So I’ve read the first book in this series, Emancipation so when I saw this book come up I jumped at the chance to read it.
I loved Emancipation, it was gripping, full of twists and turns I didn’t see coming and this story was no different.
Thought this book is the 5th in the series, you don’t have to read the others to understand it.
This was a super quick read and I wish there was more to the story because it had me gripped from page 1. I couldn’t put it down, I had to keep reading to find out
karin whitehead
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Wow! I got this in another author's promotion in exchange of an honest review. Fast paced, scary, and a mind twister. Loved it!
Lisa P
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cookie for you

A psychological thriller where the narrator is trying to prove her innocence in what becomes a warped reality. Clever, embedded with doubt, and set at a frantic pace.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story was over too quickly. I needed more! Guess that’s why it’s called a short story. Jo Michael is a genius when it comes to the Pen Pal and Serial Killers series. Her sick and twisted mind is phenomenal. Can’t wait for the next book of the series.
Jill Ann
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It had my head reeling between innocent and guilty. I sure hope there is a sequel to explain the sequence of events.
Gwen Shafer
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First book I have read by this author. Interesting gripping twists and turns suspense. Normal night at home she is peeping at her neighbors across the way. She witnessed something. She calls the police but No one can come.She has to go to the officer. Things escalate from there. This book was interesting the ending left me hanging . I was hoping for so much more. Still an interesting little mystery.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great and fast paced read
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Would like to have a continuation

Three and one half stars (due to the abrupt ending). I chose this short story via Amazon Kindle. The cover and most of all synopsis intrigued me. I still think I know who the murderer is, but I'll leave that for you decide on your I own. Good book, but has potential to be even better.
Fawn mears
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it

Great short story, loved the ending. I don't usually read the short stories but it was really very good. Now I'm looking up more of them.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dang, creepy good!

Jo Michaels is excellent at pulling me in one direction and then, boom, something completely unseen happens. This is a tremendous example for anyone who hasn’t read the Pen pals and Serial Killers series!
Brandy Nacole
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was fun! The mystery and snark. I loved every bit of it. Thriller fans you won’t be disappointed.
Crystal Gray
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an intense hour! That's all it took to read this, if even that long. So gripping! I could not put it down. While it is book 5, you really don't have to read anything prior to enjoy this.
Kathy Sobba
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good storyline,good plot! Things that make you go hmm

Really liked the story! I was convinced of one thing and was wrong! The ending was a definite surprise! Just wish it lasted longer!
Will Decker
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a short story it sure has a lot of twists and turns in the plot. With that said, there is the unwavering question put forth in the blurb and it's up to the reader to determine how they feel. There is no cut and dried answer. There are no clues beyond supposition, unless you believe the obvious. Which, if you're a Holmes fan, "When all else fails, the obvious is the truth" is how he used to put it, or some variation of. Read it, then you decide what the truth is. Very entertaining short story ...more
Mimi Davis Hopkins
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who ME???

I don't really do short stories, by the time I get into them they are over. But this one I really enjoyed. The story had a steady flow and it wrapped up nicely. Nice job Michael!!
Brenda  K
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5star
This is a quick read. It is thrilling, fast paced and a little baffling. I mean WTF! I have read all the Pen Pals and Serial Killers books. This one was slightly confusing, until the end. I got it. All these books are an intersting ride that's for sure. I can't wait to get more of them.
Denita Harrison
Jan 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Short story.

Interesting reading. I will probably read the next story. I do hope it is a longer read. I would recommend this story to those who like to read short stories.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
What a fun way to get a taste of an author's writing style.
Michaels is a new author for me (obviously) and Innocent was offered as a free short story, so I figured why not?
I found I really enjoyed the narrative, the writing style and the little twists.
I will be seeking more from this author.
Before you jump in know this is a short story - The kind that gets the reader fully engaged, sets up all kinds of questions then even with a closing leaves you asking yourself Huh? Who? And a bit upset you
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars! Very interesting read with some twists!
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received a free copy to review, but when I saw it was also free on Amazon, I picked up another copy just because I wanted to support the author.
I didn't realize this was a short story going into reading, so I was definitely in for a shock.
At first, I really liked the character's wit and banter with the reader. As time went on, though, it became annoying and almost like a mechanism to be able to jump around too much in the story. While the premise was quite interesting, I was often confused by
Jo Michaels
Jun 03, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a leader into the Pen Pals and Serial Killers series--a series of stand-alone novels with crossover characters. It's meant to make you ask yourself: Did she do it or not? And leave you a little confused at the end. If you'd like to check out the whole series so far, go here:
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not believable

Stupid story. Sorry I wasted my time reading it to the end. Too many holes in plot. I'm not recommending.
Melissa Tagliaferro
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This short story was awesome, but why leave me hanging? Is she guilty or innocent? I think she is innocent and the ex husband is the killer.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
This short story was one of thirty-something freebies I downloaded as a group. It was a reasonably interesting little vignette - although terribly crude, and with no resolution.
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This lady is so ill that she attributes her killing spree as carried out by some man and that she is a witness to his crimes. In her paranoid state she thinks her ex-husband, neighbors, police, attorney, and mental health facility employees are all in a conspiracy to falsely accuse and murder her. Or, I noticed that the police address her as "Miss LeBrague" so I am wondering if maybe she doesn't even have an ex-husband and children. There is the possibility that none of this ever occurred and sh ...more
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Jo Michaels loves writing novels that make readers gasp in horror, surprise, and disbelief. While her browser search history has probably landed her on a list somewhere, she still dives into every plot with gusto, hoping "the man" will realize she's a writer and not a psychopath about to go on a rampage. Her favorite pastimes are reading, watching Investigation Discovery, and helping other authors ...more

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