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The Innocents

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  27 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Innocence
Tolerance
Convenient Truths

Missie Missinger is busy growing up in a small town. When tragedy hits the community, they call it an accident. But as more accidents unfold, the frightened locals look for an answer – and find an easy target. Missie holds the clues to what happened. If she puts the puzzle together and confronts the truth she will be in danger. If she do
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Paperback, 372 pages
Published 2010 by Random House Australia
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Maree Kimberley
Sep 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book, but I'm not 100% sure it's a young adult book. It's incredibly intense. Every page is packed with foreboding and dread (well it was for me anyway!) I was torn between not wanting to put it down and being too scared about what would happen next.

It's not often you come across a book about a psychopathic child killer, and I quite liked the fact that the killer himself is always on the edges of the story - I think that adds to its fear factor. It's quite literary in style,
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Alicia Papp
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Well....while this book is undoubtedly well written, I can't say I enjoyed or engaged with it. I got to page 152, then skipped to the end because I just couldn't stand the complete ineffectiveness of the 9 year Australian old girl who is the main character (I did go back and read the rest though). Being set in the 1950s in Australia, when racism against immigrants and refugees from Europe was rife (and unfortunately it still is happening in this day and age), having a powerless 9 year old as the ...more
Hannah Bnana
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
This is an extraordinary book, where the ordinary life of a little girl in a small Australian country town intersects with that of a Ukrainian refugee, fleeing WWII. A murderer is on the loose in the town but it takes the whole book to unravel the details.
I absolutely loved the depiction of the Queen's visit in 1954. And I loved the way the character of Missie was just a kid - she was not gifted with super intelligence or understanding beyond her years. Some kids in books are just not believable
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Cassandra
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read, at-home
Really good. It took a while to find out the plot and get into the book, but when I got into it I read the rest in one setting. Tightly written and I liked the characters.
Tara Calaby
Jul 20, 2011 marked it as did-not-finish
Adore the cover, but the voice just didn't work for me.
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