The Guilty One, a review by Kristin

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The Guilty One
By: Bill Schweigart

Publication Date: March 21, 2023
Published By: Crooked Lane Books
304 pages

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Alexandria Police Department, and town hero, Detective Cal Farrell stopped a mass shooter. The police department and the news reports all told the story of how Cal stopped the shooter. But Cal doesn’t remember anything. One minute he was heading into a conference room, the next he was in an ambulance covered in blood. He’s been working with a psychiatrist to get back his memories. 6 months later, while running one morning, Cal looks up and sees someone hanging from a tree branch. Then there’s another body, and another. Cal thinks he has it figured out, but his co-workers question his mental capacity. Who is doing all of the killing, why and will that person ever be found?

The Guilty One is a fantastic psychological thriller with secrets, lies, and twists woven throughout that you’ll never see coming! The novel starts out with a dual timeline, the time leading up to the mass shooting and 6 months later. It continues this way until Cal mentally gets into the conference room to remember what happened. Then the story continues into the now. I can almost 100% guarantee that no one will figure out who the killer is! I was in absolutely shock and awe when it was revealed. My ONLY issue with the book, and why I didn’t give it 5 stars, is that the dual timeline broke up the suspense of the “Then” section with the “Now” section. Leading into the active shooter situation was so suspenseful, and then it was lost when the next chapter didn’t carry on that suspense. However, I absolutely would recommend this book to any thriller/psychological thriller reader!


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