Review of Innocent Monsters by Barbara Doherty


When Kaitlyn dies, young writer Jessica Lynch loses not just a sister, but the calm centre of her stormy existence, the compass that guided her through a life disturbed by memories of their abusive father.
Confused, despairing and struggling to piece her broken life back together, Jessica meets reclusive William Blaise. He is an awkward and introverted man who has isolated himself from the rest of the world, battling terrible childhood experiences of his own. Their similar pasts bind them together and they become lovers, comparing scars and hurts, exposing their true nature to one another and finding a private kind of truth.
As investigations into her sister’s death continue, Jessica senses a growing awareness that William is not the man she wants him to be. But then, is she really the woman she thought she was?


I received this book in exchange for an honest review. The story of Jessica Lynch and William Blaise is a dark romance. The book is not for the faint at heart — but for the rest of us, it is a fantastic read. I will admit I almost stopped reading after page 3. The story of William’s abuse was more than I could handle. The thing that kept me reading was the author’s writing style. She drags you into the scene with her poetic voice. It took me a little while to read the book because of the emotion the author evokes. Some people may view that as a bad thing. When I read, I want to taste their food, I want to feel the fabric of the dress the character wears and I want to experience their emotion (no matter how difficult). I am thrilled to find this author and look forward to future work. Congrats on Innocent Monsters.


Reviewed by Katie McKnight.  Katie McKnight is the author of a suspenseful-romance novel titled Secrets Revealed.  To learn more about Katie, her novel or to be featured as a author spotlight, contact Katie at or


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