A shocking story about a 15-year-old girl and the man who took advantage of her.
"You might as well know from the start, I'm not going to tell on him, and I don't care how much trouble I get in. It's not like it could get any worse than it already is. I can't. Don't ask me why, I just can't."
When Nina finds out that her 15-year-old daughter, Scarlett, is pregnant, her world falls apart.
Because Scarlet won't tell anyone who the father is. And Nina is scared that the answer will destroy everything.
As the suspects mount - from Scarlett's teacher to Nina's new husband of less than a year - Nina searches for the truth...no matter what the cost.
Praise for Amanda Brooke: "An emotional journey and a great read!" (Fionnuala Kearney)
"Full of twists, this is a deeply emotional, poignant tale that will remain with you long after it ends." (Ella Harper)
"[A] touching sensitive story...an extraordinary, moving tale." ( The Bookseller)
"Enchanting, moving and hard to put down." ( Closer)
"Life affirming." ( Sunday Mirror)
"A haunting and heartbreaking story that stayed with me long after I'd finished." (Fern Britton)
"Magical and unputdownable." (Katie Fforde)
"An extraordinary debut novel" ( Daily Express)
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Slow burn at first, but riveting when it got going
Her performance was, for the most part, very good. She did a great job of voicing each character and her tone was always consistent with mood. However, there were quite a few ocassions when she read a sentence with an obviously incorrect emphasis, and on one occasion she mixed-up the 'he's' and 'she's'.
This book seemed a little slow at first. By chapter 7, I was wondering if I would stick with it. However, when it got going, I found it really compelling. All of the characters are really well fleshed-out into flawed human beings. I was often thinking 'ooh, I wouldn't handle it that way' or 'don't say that', but on each of these occasions, it was in response to a portrayal that was very realistic. People are, after all, fallible and parenting a teenager can be a challenge at best, and a bit of a nightmare at worst. I warmed to most of the characters and the ones that I didn't warm to were, nevertheless felt very 'real', since they are superbly drawn.
- Ann D