Poisoned Pen Press (2016)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (5/16)
In “Unreasonable Doubt” by Vicki Delany, Walter Desmond served twenty-five years in prison for a rape and killing he did not commit. Now he has returned to Trafalgar, not for revenge, but to found out “why” he was so wronged. As one would suspect he is not welcome back, everyone is stunned that he is walking free and has the gall to even show his face. The parents of the dead girl believe the police didn’t do their job and have decided they will take justice into their own hands. The only friends that Walter has are women who are staying in a boarding house for a dragon boat race.
During the time Walter is in Trafalgar, other attacks and rapes occur, and he is the main suspect. None of the townspeople want to look for anyone else- they know he did it. While the police have reopened the case and are looking for the real killer, tensions become high and it is very difficult to keep the violence at bay.
Delany’s book is one that will keep readers looking for clues so they can discover the true murderer. Readers will not be amazed at the prejudices they see that come across from the local townspeople as they have probably experienced it themselves one time or another. Take a moment to notice your first reaction to Walter and what kind of person you think he is.
This reviewer is always amazed at how people overreact or jump to conclusions based on very few facts. We see this daily in the news or through the media. Why I am amazed is beyond me.
The book is well written, easy to read and puts readers in detective mode to find the real killer. The plot is one that keeps your interest and has enough twists and turns to keep readers engaged.
“Unreasonable Doubt” by Vicki Delany is the first book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed it and hope to read more from her soon.