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Simon Lelic's The Child Who manages to be both a very good thriller and an exploration of society's attitudes to children who commit terrible crimes. As a thriller there is a nail-biting plot with lots of twists and turns,an ending which will surprise you (well, it did me at any rate!), compelling characters - particularly the solicitor Leo Curtice - and vividly written scenes by an excellent prose stylist. As a novel exploring society today it asks awkward questions about nature versus nurture, social attitudes and the role of the media. It is probably more successful as a thriller and I strongly recommend it to fans of the genre. Simon Lelic has just got better and better since his first novel and I am definitely going to keep an eye out for what he writes next.