Innocent Blood

  • by P. D. James
  • Narrated by Kaite Scarfe
  • 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Innocent Blood is a standalone thriller and chilling mystery from P.D. James, the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men.
Philippa Palfrey, adopted as a child, believes herself to be the motherless, illegitimate daughter of an aristocratic father. At eighteen she exercises her right to find out the truth. What she discovers will change her life forever. Philippa enters a new and terrifying world and soon comes to realize she is not the only one interested in her parents' whereabouts.
Innocent Blood is both a mystery and a thriller, a superb novel that explores the themes of self-identity and the meaning of life.
P. D. James was a best-selling and internationally acclaimed crime writer. She was the creator of Adam Dalgliesh and Cordelia Gray and their long and successful series of mysteries. Her works include Cover Her Face (1962), An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972), Innocent Blood (1980),Children of Men (1992), and the Jane Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley (2011).
James was born in Oxford in 1920. She won awards for crime writing in Britain, America, Italy, and Scandinavia, including the Mystery Writers of America Grandmaster Award. She received honorary degrees from seven British universities, was awarded an OBE in 1983, and created a life peer in 1991.
In 1997 she was elected president of the Society of Authors,and stood down from this role in 2013.

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What the Critics Say

"A fascinating psychological study of blood ties, guilt and revenge." (Sunday Telegraph)
"As a crime novel it is a peak of the art." (The Times)
"I found my heart racing as the climax neared." (Evening Standard)
"As suspenseful and tautly written as any of her detective stories – the psychological twists and turns will tantalize the reader as cunningly as a well-placed clue." (New York Times)
"Remarkable...could be read as a mainstream novel, and a considerable one." (The Times)

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Intelligent and riveting story

This book kept me awake until the early hours as I couldn't bear to turn it off! Quite a different type of story from the usual P D James fare and hasn't dated (apart from the rents in London), although written in 1980.

Actually, I didn't like any of the characters- especially the principal, Philippa, a real cold fish - so it's a tribute to the quality of the writing that I was riveted by their fate.

The narrator is simply excellent in an understated way that fits the style of the novel to perfection. It's a complex story, told from various points of view, about dreadful past acts, revenge and deceit (I told you I didn't like them) but also forgiveness and hope.

An original book and one I thoroughly recommend to anyone who enjoys a well-plotted absorbing psychological novel.
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- Patricia

Innocent Blood

Utterly absorbing, exquisitely written, brilliantly narrated. A full house of five stars doesn't do it justice!
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- Gerald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2015
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber