The Guilty One (Paperback)
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Published: 30/08/2012
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A RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB FAVOURITE
AN INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON
'Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling' Lee Child

'Grips like a vice' Daily Mail

'Compulsive' Rosamund Lupton

'Moving, insightful' Guardian
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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 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 fifteen years? And will Daniel's identification with a child on trial for murder make him question everything he ever believed in?
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'One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year' Richard & Judy Book Club

'It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through' Jenny Colgan

'A page-turner with real emotional depth'Daily Express

'Moving and suspenseful' Joyce Carol Oates

'Absorbing'Company

'Will touch your heart, even as it leaves you unsettled' Hallie Ephron

'Outstanding' Daily Record

*DON'T MISS LISA BALLANTYNE'S NEW THRILLER, THE INNOCENT ONE, OUT NOW*

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9780749957285
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 325 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 32 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

[a] moving, insightful debut . . . It's easy to see why this caused such a stir at Frankfurt last year. If it isn't this year's Before I Go To Sleep, I'll eat my laptop - The Guardian

An absorbing psychological debut - Company (Top Pick)

It's one of the best debuts I've ever encountered - The Daily Record

Lisa Ballantyne has written a first novel that is both moving and suspenseful; richly detailed, yet with the eerie simplicity of a parable - Joyce Carol Oates

This is an outstanding work of fiction, and the real crime would have been if the talent of Lisa Ballantyne had never been discovered - Daily Record

Thought provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read - Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards

Gripping stuff - More!

It's a work of genuine substance about real human beings with real human flaws, in which nothing can be tied up neatly because life doesn't work like that. The Guilty One puts her firmly on the list of writers to watch - Irish Independant

This is as assured debut novel that has 'bestseller' slapped all over it - Crimesquad.co.uk

Fast-paced and emotionally charged, we were tearing through it well into the night. Keep a tissue handy - you'll be a wreck by the end - Emerald Street

Gets better as you read it . . . a novel that grips . . . engrossing the reader who will want to find out what happens - Dulwich Book Reviews

One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year, and a debut one at that. Lisa Ballantyne pulls off the key writer's trick of getting us to care about the characters; by the end of the first chapter, you will be comprehensively on the hook - Richard from Richard and Judy’s Book Club, Autumn 2012 Pick

Wow! I finished this late yesterday afternoon at the beach...This is a really good legal thriller. I like the way the chapters alternated in time. This doesn't always work, sometimes confusing, but the author Lisa made it happen and did it very well - Annie Philbrick, Bank Square Books

I couldn't get this book out of my head. It kept me up all night and guessing the whole way through, I loved it - Jenny Colgan

Ballantyne paints such vivid portraits of her characters that it is impossible not to sympathise with the tolerant and loving Minnie, and this psychological drama will keep you wondering right to the final chapter - Townsville Eye

A mature, gripping book you'll be desperate to tell your friends about - Big Issue (Scotland)

On one level, Lisa Ballantyne's The Guilty One delivers riveting courtroom drama that is unflinchingly true to its characters. At another level, its personal story resonates with love, forgiveness and the possibility of redemption. The Guilty One will touch your heart even as it leaves you unsettled - Hallie Ephron, author of There Was an Old Woman

The Guilty One beautifully blends both past and present in a novel that will keep readers interested - RT Book Reviews

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“The Guilty One”

The Guilty One
Wonderful book. Hard to put down, all the characters really come alive. There is a twist at the end I was not expecting.

Paperback edition
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“Excellent read”

I loved this book. The writing and story is excellent. Daniels story and the court case of Seb ran effortlessly. I was surprised by the ending as i was so wrapped up in the story as a whole i never saw the twist... More

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KarenD

“A very good debut novel”

As a debut novel, this was very good but I found it a bleak and uneasy read - however this is probably more to do with the subject matter than the quality of the writing.

Despite very poor beginnings, Daniel Hunter... More

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