saving the innocents book coverReviewed by Shannon Trenton

How far would you go to protect someone you just met? If you sought the truth about your past – and found it – could you let it go and reinvent yourself?

Saving the Innocents by Randall Kenneth Drake seeks to answer these questions and more against the backdrop of a riveting tale of suspense. Mary Jane has spent years searching for the father that abandoned her, following tips from strangers in town after town. Her life will change, though, in the events of eight days that will force her to reevaluate her priorities and her perspective. In the process, she makes unlikely friends and discovers in herself a new purpose at the moment that her life seems to be falling apart.

While Mary Jane is running after her father, young Sera is running from her father. With dedicated guardian Jack at her side, Sera searches for the angel her mother always said would protect her. An unexpected meeting could give her what she’s been seeking – or drive her right into danger’s way.

The narrative flows thanks to a colorful cast of characters, including several archetypes with twists of their own. While some will inspire immediate feelings in the reader, both good and bad, readers will find themselves rooting for the personal journeys of others.

After an exciting beginning, the narrative pace slows for number of expository chapters. However, the build-up is necessary to understand the central plot lines and offers some details that prove to be critical toward the end. Readers who stay committed through the slow parts will be well rewarded as the story unfolds to a riveting conclusion.

Saving the Innocents is an engaging story with dynamic characters and an inspiring message with which most readers can identify. Though I would obviously recommend it to suspense lovers, I am certain that readers of nearly any genre could easily enjoy this wonderful book.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Shannon lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, son, and two cats. When she isn’t reading, getting paid to play on social media, or running her own business she enjoys playing with her baby and cooking.

Review copy was provided by Randall Kenneth Drake. Compensation was received but in no way influenced the thoughts and opinions expressed in this review.