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A little boy was found dead in a children's playground....
Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an 11-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy. As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian's troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care - and to Minnie, the woman who adopted him and whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life.
But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her for 15 years? And will Daniel's identification with a child on trial for murder make him question everything he ever believed in?
Deeply psychological and suspenseful, The Guilty One is already an international phenomenon and one of the most talked-about books of the year.
©2012 Lisa Ballantyne (P)2012 Hachette Digital
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By Cathie Dalliwall on 13-10-2016

Enjoyed this story - well read

This was a well written, following both the current story and the main character's past - thoroughly enjoyed it and it was so well read.

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By j on 28-03-2015

Excellent read.

Very engaging and a little confronting. Excellent story line, which highlighted the affect parents have on their children. Highly recommend.

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By HARRIETBELLE on 05-03-2013

One of the Best!

This was a brilliant book! Well written and read with one voice that somehow managed to create all the different characters so that in my imagination they all became real people who I could 'see' and 'know'

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By Val on 15-10-2012

Gripping

I think this may e the book that finally converts my husband to audio books. After listening to some of it on a long car journey, he was desperate to know more of this story of empathy, guilty reflection and a heinous crime. I loved this story, the movement of past and present and its ability to totally hook you in to the pain of the main characters past. Loved it!

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