Lilly Valentine tries to help a damaged teenager - but has she been horrifically abused, or is she lying to save her own skin? 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....
Helen grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull university and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system. Helen is married to a long-suffering lawyer and is the mother of young twins who take up 90% of her waking hours.
©2013 Helen Black (P)2013 Audible Ltd
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Critic reviews

"Unexpected and moving...A Place of Safety is written with sympathy and humour" (EuroCrime)
"A dark and gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat." (Closer magazine)
"Frightening, depressing, and knowledgeable." (Country Life)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Janet on 13-05-13

Thoroughly enjoyable.

I have never read anything by Helen Black before, but shall certainly do so again... From the start I could tell it was a good buy & I love Robert Glennister narrating anything. I was convinced I knew 'who dunnit' but got a shock when I actually found out, as it wasnt who I had thought!
I listened to the whole book in just over a day !!
Well worth a listen !!!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Charlotte on 07-05-17

Good, enjoyable, but not great

What made the experience of listening to Dark Spaces the most enjoyable?

I enjoy Imogen Church as a narrator, she is clear in who is speaking and which character is which. One of my favourite narrators.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Listened to i in three sittings.

Any additional comments?

Some characters seemed pointless and the two main stories were mismatched and left holes, yet still an enjoyable listen.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan Vilas Grulee on 10-01-16

Great characters, gripping story.

I love Imogen Church. Because I just want to be read to by Imogen Church, I have discovered some fabulous authors I might otherwise have never discovered. Helen Black is the latest of these writers. The Dickensian subject matter, with the twist of a modern day thriller and a very human woman lawyer, made this a real treat, read by my favorite narrator. I have already downloaded another Helen Black novel, starring lawyer Lily, and narrated by Imogen Church.

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