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The Guilty One - Is he/Isn't he?,
This review is from: The Guilty One (Paperback)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)With a drug addict Mother, Daniel Hunter was a difficult child in foster care until he was finally adopted by Minnie - a woman with her own sorrows and secrets who struggles to make a living on her rundown farm. Minnie has fostered many children and the reader is drawn into the turbulence of Daniel's past, his relationship with Minnie and how he finally calls her "Mam" until she "betrays" him and he walks away cutting her out of his life.
As an adult Daniel has qualified as a solicitor, working in London and specialising in defending children. Enter Sebastian, a deeply troubled 11 year old accused of brutally murdering a young boy, Ben, in a childrens playground. Sebastian and Ben had been seen playing and arguing earlier on the day of the murder but Sebastian claims to have been with his Mother when the crime was committed. As Sebastians defence solicitor Daniel can see many similarities between his past and Sebastians present and the storyline flows between the two eras. The drama in and out of the courtroom is totally captivating, honest and,on occasion,shocking. Nothing is clear cut, all the main characters are guilty in some way.....
Thoroughly enjoyable and well written debut from Lisa Ballantyne - I am really looking forward to her next book.