I’m really excited about this week’s Flashback Friday! The Innocent Man was one of the first books I read by John Grisham, and this story hit me in all the feels….mainly outrage. I didn’t know when I read it that it’s based on a true story. Now that I know, I’m even more outraged.
Ronald Williamson grew up in Ada, Oklahoma. In 1988, a young woman named Debra Carter was found beaten, raped, and strangled in her apartment. Despite not having any clear cut evidence, Ron and a friend of his were arrested and tried for the murder.
This book goes into the whole awful mess. I cried, I yelled, and I outraged at the injustice directed at this man. Through the whole book, Ron’s innocence is stated clearly, but the police had no other leads, and were determined to find justice for Debra. Through trying to find the truth for Debra, Justice turned a blind eye to Ron.
This is a really well-written book, and I highly recommend it, but be prepared. This story isn’t pretty. It isn’t fair and it isn’t right. If you aren’t completely furious at the justice department by the end of the book, then I don’t know what to tell you. This story does sort of have a happy ending, but the journey to that ending is something I think everyone needs to be aware of.
If you enjoy John Grisham books, or mysteries, or books about justice, then you will like this book. I can’t promise you’ll enjoy it, because the story isn’t pretty. But it’s definitely worth your time.
What book have you read that just outraged you with righteous indignation? I’d love to hear about it! Leave me a comment below! And if you like this week’s flashback Friday, be sure to share with your friends!
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Until next time, bookworms!