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Publisher's Summary

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

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Painfully overwritten! Skip this one please!

What would have made The Guilty One better?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Ballantyne again?

Sadly, no.

What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

Great voice talent. Very good at taking on all ages and both sexes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Guilty One?

Most all of it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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an okay story

I loved the performance. and the back story but the main story is so so. at least for my taste. I would not call this book a thriller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Phillip
  • GRANT, AL, United States
  • 02-11-16

Great story and great narration

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.

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  • CR
  • 01-03-16

The Guilty One

Amazing story and an amazing performance by the narrator. Very well done. I would recommend it to anyone.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Bst
  • CA USA
  • 03-15-17

TWO STORIES IN ONE!

This was an absolutely outstanding book! It pulls you into two stories, one a flashback and one a present! So well written and narrated! You will be glad you chose this book!!

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Ok but repetitive

What made the experience of listening to The Guilty One the most enjoyable?

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

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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.

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You will fall in love with the 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.

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Didn't flow

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.

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good story

narrartor was excellent. good story. ienjoyed and could not stop lisrening. two stories in one was entertaining.

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Not a great "suspense" story, but a well told stor

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.