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The Introvert Confounds Innocence

(The Introvert #2)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  47 reviews
THE INTROVERT CONFOUNDS INNOCENCE continues the story of the eponymous anti-hero introduced in THE INTROVERT.

With his life disrupted by an unscrupulous work colleague and a bully at his son Toby’s school, things go from bad to worse when his neighbor’s abusive boyfriend goes missing, plunging the introvert into the center of a murder investigation.

Increasingly hounded by a
Paperback, 1st, 226 pages
Published October 5th 2019 by Black Opal Books
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
After the success of "The Introvert" back in 2016, it goes without saying that the author Michael Paul Michaud, had to write more based on the loveable anti hero that featured in the original story. Once again the author has created and produced an excellent novella to keep readers entertained from the very first page. As with any series, reading the first would help introduce you to the very anti social but likeable vacuum salesman who is constantly funny in both conversations and actions, thou ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
This is the second book to feature The Introvert, of which thinking about it, yet again, we don’t get to know his name in this one either. It reads very well as a stand alone so don’t worry if you haven’t had a chance to read the first book.

Told from the point of view of The Introvert himself, it really makes for a compelling read. He doesn’t adjust to new people or new situations very well at all. I thought the parts to do with him and his new work colleague Gordon so funny. I really am surpris
abdulia ortiz-perez
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
I received this free book from the publisher for honest review.

4 stars ⭐ ⭐⭐ ⭐

This is the first time reading from this author.

What a beautiful wonderful amazing read.

What a great read! This had me hooked from the beginning. The sitting, theme, and the Characters had me pulled so in. Everything was well put together and it was just perfect. This novel did just that to me.
Highly recommend everybody get this book and read it. Its so good!
Can't wait for next book.
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
INTROVERT - An Introvert is often thought of as a quiet, reserved, and thoughtful individual. They don't seek out special attention or social engagements, as these events can leave introvertsfeeling exhausted and drained.

The unnamed anti - hero The Introvert returns to share more of his unique and often humorous takes on the trials and tribulations of the life of a vacuum salesman who is constantly fighting his urge to make people who annoy him red and open and his need for his long suffering gi
Lynn Brown
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a standalone book, but I think you'd enjoy it more if you read the first book, The Introvert. Because once you finish this one you are going to want even more.
In this book we meet again the vacuum salesman, who is now living with his girlfriend Donna and they have a son. Thinking the inclusion of the son would make this a very different book I was proved wrong as our anti-hero yet again delivers very dark humour and is still wanting to see people as "red and open".
This time he gets a new
Sarah Neeson
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is a strange one to review... on the one hand I actually preferred it to the first book, the voice of the introvert is so cleverly written and enjoyable and you feel completely immersed in his world and life. On the other hand however the detective in this story is incredibly annoying and his speech patterns don’t ring true at all. I am still really looking forward to the next instalment.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To say I loved this book is an understatement!!! It's deliciously dark, wonderfully witty and was almost impossible to put down. The Introvert, do we ever learn his name, is the anti-hero I can't help but root for. I can hardly wait to see what he gets himself into in book 3. ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The awkward anti-hero is back! If you haven’t read The Introvert, I highly recommend you read it before catching up with this nameless man. Admittedly the author leaves you enough information to keep up but getting the full back story is always a good thing with this sort of unusual character.

The Introvert Confounds Innocence is a lesson in how to deal with bullies and get away with murder. Our protagonist has got himself in a pickle with his neighbour’s no-good boyfriend and even though he’s do
Kristen VanRuitenburg
Another quick funny read but I didn’t like it quite as much as the first..I didn’t like the way the detective talked. Still enjoyed the awkwardness of the main character and will definitely read the next one in the series!
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Michael P Michaud has done it again with his sequel to “The Introvert”, “The Introvert: Confounds Innocence”. Once again Michaud has produced a novel that is not only hilarious but also dark, gruesome, thought-provoking and clever.

Our story picks up where we left off with our main character and his wife Donna. The plot quickly develops and we find out that The Introvert’s son Toby is being bullied at school (oh no….. I sense someone is about to become “red and open”). As we follow the journey of
J Earl
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Introvert Confounds Innocence from Michael Paul Michaud is a rollicking (sorta) sequel to The Introvert.

I have been on the fence about both books, between really loving them or merely liking them a lot. Fortunately it is a padded fence, though this time I jumped onto the loving side. I think, as I get to know the Introvert I appreciate (not sure I can say like) him more.

After reading the first book and again after this one, I pondered how such a character could be someone we enjoy reading ab
Michelle Ryles
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
When reading The Introvert one rainy Saturday afternoon, I really didn't want it to end and my wish was granted with The Introvert Confounds Innocence being next in my reading queue - hurrah! You could read this book as a standalone but I think it definitely works better as a series, after all, the introvert himself is a serial killer. He's not your traditional serial killer by any means; he doesn't go out looking for people to kill, it's more like they present themselves to him as people who de ...more
Paterson  Loarn
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read both this novella and its predecessor, ‘The Introvert’, within twenty-four hours. When I set out to review a book, I take it slowly and make notes as I go along. This time, that’s how I began, until I realised that my method didn’t match the stories. Going with the flow is the best way to appreciate Michaud’s brilliant use of first-person narration, including a repetition of key phrases, which create humour in what would otherwise be a dark tale.

I also realised that it’s necessary to have
Kerry Robinson
No Judgement here but I’m sure I’m not the only person on this Earth to have slightly inappropriate thoughts when people are annoying me. (anyone?) I also have a wondering mind (I refer to it as a bad version of a word association game) and often find myself miles away from a conversation because a phrase has triggered a new line of thought. So, when I open a book and begin to read about a character who has similar thoughts then I’m hooked.

Despite being a sequel to The Introvert (which I have no
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was provided this book from the author for an honest review.
The main character as far as I can work out is a functioning sociopath, he’s been through lots of guidance and therapy with help from parents who understood from an early age what he was like from school age.
We catch up with our main character 4 years from the last book now living with Donna, their son Toby and the dog he rescued from his previous abusive landlord. He still operates in clear and precise ways trying to navigate social
Cathy Geha
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Introvert Confounds Innocence by Michael Paul Michaud
The Introvert #2

Not having read book one was not a problem, but it did make me wonder just what I had missed in backstory about The Introvert. He is a man that is truthful to the extreme but also quite able to circumvent telling truths that might impact his life negatively. In this book he is happily living with the mother of his son, his son, and various pets. He works hard at his job selling vacuums and deals with life as it comes his wa
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing books 1 and 2 together as I read them back to back in one sitting and couldn’t put them down, so reviewing them individually would certainly be a challenge!

First and foremost, if you do not enjoy dark (and i MEAN dark) humour then perhaps avoid this one.

If you enjoy that kind of thing? Well... in that case, you NEED to read these! Talk about a dark gem, these were so engaging and oddly fun to get stuck into. I flew through the pages and literally couldn’t wait to pick up the next
Asimah Akhtar
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We are introduced to the introvert in the first book, The Introvert. We never learn his name, but we know he is a vacuum salesman who often has dark thoughts about making people "red and open". On rare occasions the thoughts turn into actions and he ends up making people "red and open". 

In this book the introvert's life has progressed. He now lives with his girlfriend Donna and has a son, Toby. He is much more aware of his urges and tries not to give in to them. However, there's one point where
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Part two in this brilliant series.

Those who read my review about the first book, might remember that I had a soft spot for main character. This has not changed one bit. He still continues to make me smile and it’s great to see how he thinks about things in general but also before he answers a question. It makes me realise people often just say what pops in their head and regret some of the things later.

He is called a weirdo and it’s true that he is different. It might seem that he plays dumb, b
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 Stars from me

Bit of an odd one... literally! This is one of the most unusual books I have read in a long while, featuring one of the most unusual lead characters.

I shall have to call him 'the introvert' for we do not learn his name, and he is SO introverted it really is a bit of a mystery to me that he managed to ensnare the long suffering Donna! Let alone that she helps him 'achieve it'.

I liked the reference to the 'Columbo' sells technique, swiftly followed by the Columboesque detective, in
Philippa Mckenna
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Well, I just couldn't believe my luck when this popped up in my online book club (TBConFB) as a book available to read and review. I'd read The Introvert #1 quite some time ago, and I'd absolutely loved it, so I was excited to get stuck in to this. I was chuffed to bits to find our vacuum selling anti-hero is still his anti-social, weird and strangely loveable self, happily settled with his girlfriend, Donna (still helping him to 'achieve it' on a regular basis) and still driven by a need to see ...more
Caroline Venables
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is the follow up to The Introvert which I reviewed last month The Introvert.

This book can be read as a stand alone, but I would recommend reading The Introvert first so you can get a sense of the character and how he thinks.

I really enjoyed the first book and this one did not disappoint. This book sees our main character still in his relationship with Donna,and they have a son together. It is not a light hearted read but is similar to Dexter as you read his thoughts. Although dark it i
Maree Hodgess
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the series and every bit as fantastic as the first!
I am thrilled to see that there will be a third installment as well.

I like the way we are getting glimpses into his relationship with his parents in this sequel and I find it fascinating to read about his childhood 'incidents.' I'm also enjoying watching his son develop and can't help but wonder how much of his father is in little Toby.

I find it so relateable how his thoughts can continue down a rabbit hole in the mid
Alex Jones
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I very recently read The Introvert, the first in the series introducing our very unlikely Anti-Hero.

You can read the review for that here

This new story picks up a few year after the end of book 1, still unnamed, The Introvert, is now living with his partner Donna, and now has a young son, and of course his loyal dog Molly is here as well.

Doing his best to lead a ‘normal’ life, The introvert has his tendencies for making people “red and open” under control.

But life isn’t always that simple..

Between The Pages (Gemma M)
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book two in the introvert series, reads well as a standalone but makes references to the first book! This was just as wierd and wonderful as the first book. I loved it. This book is set a couple of years after book one and we can see the changes to the introverts life throughout this story.
Brilliant read, another short one which can easily be devoured. We still didn’t find out the introverts name in this story… Suspense! This story contains two major problems that still affect everyone t
kelly freaney
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
After reading the 1st book yesterday I had to read book 2 straight away. This is not my normal genre at all but I have loved this anti hero! The writer has created his voice to sound like one you know when reading and as much as he is actually a serial killer you don't want him caught in anyway. He innocents and naivety are enduring but some part are laugh out loud humour. The detective annoyed the life out of me in the book with his constant use of repetition but other than that I really enjoye ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I enjoyed The Introvert so much, I spent the better part of a year telling everyone I knew to read it (whether or not I was even certain they knew how to read). This had all the intrigue of the first story, which is often impossible to achieve in sequels. But the book is so full of hilarious observations that it makes it impossible for anyone not to root for the character—even while he is in the midst of murdering, or just imagining murdering someone. I’m anxious for the third one.

Thank you to
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Introvert Confounds Innocence is a thought provoking and intriguing sequel to The Introvert. I’ve waited two years for this and Michael Paul Michaud has not disappointed. It’s dark, it’s weird, it’s bizarre and I loved every page.

This book adds another layer to the complexity of the Introvert and his capacity to control his impulses and distinguish right from wrong. Imprisoned in his own mind I was drawn into his world. Does it make me a weirdo because I’m empathetic to the introvert? It ma
Joni Janice Mielke
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book is very cleverly written with certain instances that jumped out at me - for reasons that I won't mention here because I don't want to give anything away - but really, the entire novel is outstanding. Michaud's writing isn't the kind a reader skims through or scans in order to get the gist of a paragraph. I found myself drinking in every word and sentence, so cleverly and consistently chosen as they were to show the unique perspective of the Introvert as he navigates his way through lif ...more
Sophia  McIntyre
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I am an American-Canadian citizen, criminal prosecutor, and author of BILLY TABBS (& THE GLORIOUS DARROW) (Bitingduckpress) and THE INTROVERT series (Black Opal Books).

I hold a B.A. in English from McMaster University, an Honors B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude) from McMaster University, and a J.D. from The University of Western Ontario (with an international exchange completed at Washin

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