Title: Guilty: A Marston Thriller (A Marston Series Book One)
Author: Brigitta Moon
A not guilty verdict. A kidnapping. A midnight trial. Six sitting in judgment and one empty chair. Revenge- is it sweet or just a bitter seed? Coach Terrence Jackson is the man who has divided the town of Marston. There are those who believe in the coach and his innocence and then there are the victims who despise him, his smile and his crime. He has a dark past- a previous life no one knew about until the not guilty verdict.
Only one victim, Rose Canter, has the courage to ask for justice. The others quietly watch as her justice slips away with the verdict. He’s getting away with rape.
He goes back to his life wearing his signature smile and Rose is left picking up the pieces of hers. She doesn’t know she is not the only victim who has lost the fight to the coach.
Coach Jackson’s signature smile is an integral accessory of his wardrobe. In fact, he doesn’t leave home without it. He has one son-Jonas, a dead wife, and a young, blonde bombshell by his side. He has money and status which he earned on the football field. Now he’s giving back to the community by helping high school students afford a college education. One thing he does not have is the contentment of his victims. They want revenge and the setup for his demise begins. A trial takes place at midnight with a jury made up of six victims and one empty chair. The defendant is Coach Terrence Jackson.
There’s more than one way to catch a criminal.
The preface before the actual story, “My Morning Run” really hooked me in as I waited to see if it was part of the story or simply the author’s experience. Either way, I continued reading and found that Guilty was a fast paced, enjoyable thriller. It starts off in the middle of a trial in which a popular coach is charged of rape by his son’s girlfriend, Rose. The judge rules he is not guilty but he is and unfortunately, Rose is not his first victim.
I really sympathized with and enjoyed Rose’s character. For everything that she went through, she stayed strong and held her head high. I thought she really carried the story by enduring everything that was thrown at her the way that she did. All in all, Guilty was definitely a roller-coaster ride of emotional horror, heartbreak, and suspense.