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- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 7 Feb. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BCUIQH6
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Helen Black doesn't hold back in her descriptive narrative and I found myself wincing after the first few chapters. However, this sets the scene for the sort of case that Lily takes on. Lily's personal life is a major factor to the story as her ex-partner Jack gets involved on the other side of the case. He is trying to prove a girls intent to murder, whilst Lily is trying to defend her.
The story continues at a good pace and it soon becomes clear that this case is a lot more involved and includes people a lot higher up the food chain than girls that are part of a local gang. The story from start to finish was very authentic and like I said before, not that hard to imagine being part of your local news report. I particularly like the fact that we see all perspectives of the case, from the police, to the lawyer and also both the victim and the accused.
The book wasn't that big an offering at only 320 pages but Helen Black managed to pack it full from start to finish. I think overall the gritty realism of this story makes it much better than her last offering and for that I was really pleased. I think towards the latter part of the book it really picked up pace and the ending was wrapped up nicely but there was one thing that bothered me. The `major reveal' of the person behind a particular murder didn't make sense to me.Read more ›
Lilly Valentine is a chaotic single-mum lawyer who can barely organise her love life, let alone her paperwork. She is warm, clever, unintentionally hilarious and also brilliant at her job, representing underprivileged teens in a rough part of Luton. When her client Tanisha is accused of what seems to be a gang-related attempted murder, Lilly plunges into the dark world of gang initiations, drug-dealing, long-held grudges and deadly secrets.
It is gritty and real, but not altogether bleak, which is helped by Black's sparky, smart writing. The teenagers Black depicts are complex and honest - both dangerous and vulnerable - not cardboard cutouts, and you can tell that the author really sympathises with them but without being patronising. It is a fast-paced, gripping drama, and you are never sure which teenager to believe, or who the real victim is. The structure is well-layered - as well as the main investigation, there is much about Lilly's home life, where her will-they-won't-they relationship with her ex-husband is complicated by the fact that he is representing the accuser, as well as a really touching sub plot about a posh boy called Jamie whose slowly-revealed troubles lead him to run away from his boarding school and slip into the Luton drug scene.
Altogether a good read, and I'm looking forward to the next in the series as I think some interesting seeds for development have been sown for Lilly and her family.
This particular story is about teenage girl gangs in a rough neighborhood of Luton. The story is very well constructed and the characters quickly become familiar and likeable. Not my favourite Lilly Valentine story, maybe, but very good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slow start but picked up pace and became a good read . Would read more Helen Black / Lily Valentine books.Published 2 months ago by Sylvia Morrall
Wasnt to sure at beginning whether would enjoy this book.but I did .good storywith a twist .well done to the author