Innocent Blood

My goodness.

Have you read this book?

Innocent Blood by P.D. James

“Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.”

I am only a few pages in.

Yikes.  Good, bad, cliche, and more.  Will share more in detail once I am through.  Curious if anyone here has read it. (Oddly, it was recommended to me by my therapist many years ago. )

4 Thoughts.

  1. Was the first P. D. James novel I ever read. Beyond the first-parents as murderers device, I can’t remember any really bad adoption cliches. Mother and daughter eventually settle in with each other for awhile too. She’s the creator of Adam Dalgliesh, though this is not one of the mysteries that features him. I just really admired the writing.

    • Ha. Yeah. The murdering bio family. Very cliche. I am only a 3rd of the way through. Finding many of the adoptee’s statements very accurate. Somebody did some research/knew what she was talking about.

  2. It’s been so long since I read it, but there was something about the way she crafted the character of Philippa, she always seemed to be constructing herself . . . also intensely self-aware. Anyhoo, I thought it was really well done. Perhaps there was adoption in James’s background . . . there seemed to be everything else.

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