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 eleven-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?

This is a crime novel that gets better as you read it and also a novel that grips you without the need for a gruesome murder every 30 pages. As the story builds it essentially become a court room drama, engrossing the reader who will want to find out what happens to Sebastian, and more importantly why Daniel’s relationship with Minnie went so terribly wrong.
Little Brown/Paperback/£6.99/9780749957285

Sheila O’Reilly