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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New edition edition (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552148865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552148863
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 2.7 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,076,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘Truly frightening’ -- Woman & Home

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A chilling depiction of revenge and the forces of evil.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Liam Conway on 8 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
Once again Gillian White excells.....
The story is as ever quick to "get into" and "unputdownable".
Compared to others in her field - Gillian White is in my opinion - the current "Queen" of story telling.
Once again she creates character dimensions so true to life, you immediately feel drawn to their plight.
In this tale, a single mother doing what she thinks is best in a situation that - as each page turns - gets more and more out of her control. The story reports real life, uncomfortable facts and human emotions in a way only Ms White can...... if you only buy one book this Autumn - it must be this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Chan on 19 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
I read this novel in one evening as I couldn't wait to learn what happened to the boy Joey. Apart from being a psychologically gripping read, it portrayed so realistically the attitude, the aggressive defenses, the language and the hidden child of your average inner-city urban young offender. The crime that Joey unwittingly commits is horrendous but this story looks at the other side of the tragedy. It doesn't tell the victims' family's tragedy but that of the perpetrator's. The despairing mother who virtually right up to the end still desperately wants to believe in her son's innocence. Her love, anger and isolation are described with a vivid realism. This book tells of the other side of the Mary Bell, James Bulger cases and although this is a piece of fiction, it has been so well researched and observed that it is a realistic portrayal of such family tragedies. An excellent tale told from a viewpoint seldom voiced - how would YOU feel if your son was guilty of the motiveless murder of a baby?
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
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Gillian White writes in such an easy flowing comprehensable language.....talented and wordly with a touch of humour and a pinch of sarcasm! Perfect poetic English mixed with common phrases and unexpected twists.

I was interested by the introduction on the book leaf......Intrigued even.....maybe even shocked a little!.....
I was appalled throughout chapter 2 and 3.......
I shared Shelleys anguish as a Mother, her fears, her love for her child.....
I trod alongside her, questioning my closeness from time to time, despairing in my understanding..........Sharing in her shame.....Thinking I knew her well at times only to be horrified by some of her actions, actions she found to be "normal".....
My heart leapt so hard at times, it made the pages move as I held the book close to me....
Many times I felt I had to put it down.....Just so I could breath........But only seconds would pass before I felt the need to pick it up again!
I have alot of trouble remembering the details of real life, let alone ficticious dribble.......and yet, I remembered them all...Every character.....Not once did I have to flip my pages backwards to "double check", not once was a scene not perfectly painted within my mind for me through type....Not for a moment did I have difficulty believing the actions of a character or the acurateness of an extremely well described place or item.

It is ....Without a doubt......THE best book I have ever read.
It left me feeling drained, broader minded, challenged, pity, hopeful and sadder than I ever thought would be possible during chapter one......

...most of all it left me feeling gutted that I had come to the end of such an expertly thought out, well composed, easy to read piece of excellence!

I want more!
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By Dollywagon on 22 April 2010
Format: Paperback
This was my first foray into the writing of Gillian White and it certainly won't be my last!
From the opening page both the plot and excellent characterisation draw you into the story and from there on in never let you go.
The first half of the book takes you through the horrors of a mother discovering and then self-denying, that her child has murdered a baby - which is a tension builder in its own right. But then she takes both the characters and reader off into the world of Eunice and her family, all the while building up the inconsistencies in her character and motives.
The end, is unexpected, and unlike most thrillers probably not even considered as being an outcome in the mind of the reader.
Great stuff!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "tabby2004" on 16 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
What more can I say?
This book is truly awesome. An unforgettable read.
Loved every minute of it and was sorry when I finished it.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book had me gripped from the very first page. It was easy to empathize with the main character and also get exasperated with her. An original story which as a mother of a tearaway son it was an easily believable plot, it wasn't too far fetched and explained how children can so easily fall in with the wrong crowd.

I read this from start to finish in two days and was sad when it came to an end. Highly recommended. A+++++
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By Katharine Kirby TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2008
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A breath taking roller coaster of a read that has you by the throat within moments. What would you do? Gillian White has done her research and takes us through a ghastly process of justice centred around her eleven year old son. People are not what they seem and we are thrilled by danger arriving from unexpected quarters. You can hardly believe what you are reading. A proper story!
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By Melanie Copland on 18 Jan. 2006
Format: Paperback
I could not put this book down. Gillian White has a knack of drawing you into the story, at times making you want to cry out and help or give advice. I must have relayed this story to everyone I know and my book has now passed through hundreds of hands. A roller coaster of emotions and a book that will leave you wondering 'What if?'.
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