Innocent Little Crimes by C. S. Lakin

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    A page-turning thrill ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.

    Lila Carmichael, outrageous, bawdy comedienne, is a rich and powerful woman in television. But, it’s not enough she has everything she desires; for fifteen years she has been obsessively orchestrating payback to five unsuspecting, former schoolmates—“friends” who played a nasty trick on her, and now it’s her turn for revenge.

    Under the flattering auspices of a cozy college reunion, these unsuspecting classmates are invited to Lila’s private island for a weekend from hell where Lila forces them to play a vicious parlor game—a psychological “Ten Little Indians,” where one by one Lila’s guests are figuratively killed-off. Yet, revenge turns bittersweet when the weekend is over and one guest is dead.

    A psychological spinoff of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians that Publisher’s Weekly calls “A page-turning thrill ride that will have readers holding their breaths the whole way through.”

    A Review by Clare Chu:

    C. S. Lakin
    C. S. Lakin

    A cross between Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians and William Golding’s The Lord of the Flies, Ms. Lakin’s story is a chilling account of what happens when you bully the wrong person.

    The setting: A remote island in the Puget Sound. A brewing storm on the horizon. Five desperate and venial schoolmates, each with their secret sins and back-luck stories, converge on Lila Carmichael’s funhouse mansion for a reunion of their Thespian club.

    They eat, drink, cast aspersions and pretend to enjoy themselves until a parlor game orchestrated by Lila goes gruesome. Written before the hit TV series Survivor, Ms.Lakin nevertheless presents a highly disturbing account as former friends gang up and turn on each other to ensure their own survival.

    After tearing each individual to pieces in the most humiliating manner, Lila Carmichael, like Satan the Devil, then entices the victims with promises to fulfill their ultimate desires if they’d only deliver up one of their own, the chosen sacrifice.

    What follows is human nature at it’s lowest and most degrading as the story draws to its tragic conclusion.

    “The ending was sad and pathetic. The moral of the story? If you’re cruel to someone, look over your shoulder, and don’t ever accept an invitation to a mansion on a remote island.

    A Review by Archillespubtalk:

    This is a psychological thriller, with a storyline evocative of an earlier Agatha Christie or Ruth Rendell style crime and suspense book but played out in a modern setting. The plot becomes evident quickly from the beginning. The main protagonist Lila Carmichael has become a mega-TV comedy star and hugely influential money-machine through the tough, uncompromising path of provocative and dingy stand-up comedy.

    But she is flawed; nasty, unattractive, fat and hailing from a harsh family background of strict religious fanaticism – all the ingredients of simmering resentment, unhappiness and a hidden hatred of those in her early life, whose bullying betrayals forced her into a lifestyle which deep-down she never wanted.

    The perceived miscreants are five of her former College theatre and stagecraft course friends, invited after 15 years of all having gone their own idiosyncratic ways, for a weekend getaway reunion, on her island retreat. On arrival they are embroiled in a series of reflective deeds and a self-destructive and demeaning “game,” the principal focus of Lila’s revenge tactic, resulting in the inevitable catastrophic climax and resultant backlash.