An eight-year-old boy is found dead in a playground...and his 11-year-old neighbor is accused of the crime. Leading the defense is London solicitor Daniel Hunter, a champion of lost causes.
A damaged boy from a troubled home, Daniel's young client, Sebastian, reminds Daniel of his own turbulent childhood and of Minnie, the devoted woman whose love saved him. But one terrible act of betrayal irrevocably shattered their bond.
As past and present collide, Daniel is faced with disturbing questions. Will his sympathy for Sebastian and his own memories blind him to the truth? What happened in the park - and who, ultimately, is to blame for a little boy's death? Rethinking everything he's ever believed, Daniel begins to understand what it means to be wrong...and to be the guilty one.
©2012 Lisa Ballantyne (P)2014 HarperCollinsPublishers
Avid listener of mysteries, thrillers, a little sci fi. Also enjoy self improvement titles. Mom, wife, Social Media Coordinator for biz.
A story. Any story where something actually happened. This would have made a great short story - like 60-90 minutes. Most every scene is a description and nothing actually occurs. It was painful to listen all the way to the end.
Great voice talent. Very good at taking on all ages and both sexes.
Most all of it.
I have listened to a ton of books and this is one of my favorites, though parts of it were very sad. I would highly recommend this one, it didn't disappoint.
It is an interesting story, and you really do not know if Sebastian committed the crime. it keeps you guessing. Not really a thriller, more like a crime drama. The overlap is the stories is nice and I found the transition to be smooth. My main issue with the book is how repetitive it is on some regards. It gets annoying at times and takes away from a good story
I think the narrator has a great voice. Having said that, his female voices are pretty bad. I wish he had omitted the he said she said given that he was changing voices for different characters.
I love the way that this author wrote her characters. She brought you in. Although there were some sad parts of the story, overall I very much enjoyed reading it. I even try to find another book by this author.
I struggled to finish this story. While the premise was quite promising I just don't feel like everything came together like it should have. this story could have flowed so much better. The ending was also a great dissapointment. I'm not one for happy endings anyway but this ending just felt extremely lacking.
The narrator was fantastic - excellent voice actor who really brought the emotion to each character.
The story itself had some fairly predictable elements, but how they were told made it an enjoyable listen. Any time an author can breathe new life into a muder trial is refreshing.
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