As the UK struggles with a hopeless war in the Middle East, the worst recession in 100 years and a fraud scandal which has rocked the government to its core, the prime minister is determined to host a summer of top sporting achievement. Jo Connolly, government advisor and dedicated sports fan, is among the thousands eagerly anticipating the Olympic Games and is overjoyed when she is asked to become the poster girl for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It's a dream come true, until the first bomb explodes.
The UK is gripped by the threat of gang violence - the media is building on that hysteria, convincing us that knife crime is rife and the streets are flooded with guns and drugs. So when a member of a notorious girl gang is charged with a brutal murder, sympathy is in short supply. Enter Lilly Valentine, a tough talking lawyer who is never prepared to take things at face value and is determined to uncover the truth, whatever the cost.
"Intriguing story read by my favorite narrator."
Having recently split up from the father of her baby, Lilly is not in a happy place, matters being complicated further by the arrival of her ex-husband, needing a sofa to crash out on, having been thrown out by his girlfriend. In the midst of all this Lilly is asked by a child psychologist if she will help one of her patients: a girl currently sectioned having stolen a car while extremely drunk. While Lilly visits her she is introduced to Chloe, another unstable teenager who slips Lilly a note saying: "Help us". And then Lilly's client is killed and Chloe accused of her murder. Her case is not helped by the fact that the words "Help us" have been carved on the dead girl's stomach....
"Great characters, gripping story."