Reading Group Discussion Points

  • How do the two strands of the story complement each other? Do they work together successfully?
  • Who is your favourite character and why?
  • Do you think Minnie was right to do what she did?
  • Can you discuss Daniel’s resentment towards Minnie?
  • How well does the story explore the subject of foster care and/or children in the criminal justice system?
  • What connections can you draw between the adult and the child Daniel?
  • Can you comment on the way in which the story explores the relationship between mothers and sons/adults and children?
  • Before the big reveal at the end, did you believe Sebastian to be guilty or innocent?
  • What have you taken away from the story? What do you think it is trying to say?

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6 Responses to Reading Group Discussion Points

  1. Lady Inchcape says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the descriptive areas took one into their reality but I am persistently querying if I had misunderstood the meaning of “bungalow”? On page 221 Daniel looked back at the bungalow but on page 223 three people at various intervals “came downstairs”!

    • admin says:

      Hi there
      Many thanks for reading and for your comments. For many people, bungalow is a strange and unfamiliar word – it’s a very suburban home! You are right that most bungalows are single story, but a lot have a second story added – sometimes in their original build or as an addition. You see Domer windows or Velox windows on the roofs of bungalows where there is a second story. It is this kind of home that I was describing when Daniel was with his adoptive parents.
      Thank you for your careful reading! You would be a good copyeditor!
      Thank you again.

  2. Mrs Janis Strachan says:

    I am helping to run West Lothian 50+ Network Book Group. We intend to discuss your book
    ‘The Guilty One’ on Monday April 14th at the Bathgate Partnership Centre, Bathgate at 2pm.
    We are aware that you live locally and wondered if it was at all possible for you to come and talk to us about the book then, or at some other mutually convenient time.
    We do have some money available to cover expenses etc.
    We look forward to hearing from you.
    Janis Strachan.

    • admin says:

      Dear Mrs Strachan

      Thanks for your comment and sorry for the delay in replying. I am very keen to support events in West Lothian and sorry that I did not get your comment until now. The contacts on the webpage put you directly in touch with people who can connect you with me, for future reference. I would have loved to come and talk to you… and I think the partnership centre is a wonderful venue. As it happens, I was away in USA in April so would have been unlikely to make it anyway, but do get in touch through the contact emails if you have any future events you would like me to attend.

      Many thanks for your support.

  3. louise campbell says:

    Hi Lisa

    Absolutely loved your book. Was on tetter-hooks all the way through! I knew (kinda-did I?) that the boy was guilty but nevertheless it was a thrill to read. I was tempted to peek at the last page! Very inspiring how 2 lives can be paralelled in such a way.

    I had just finished the “Miniaturist” by Jessie Burton which got me back in to reading again. Now reading my 4th book in 3 weeks!

    Thank you for “getting me back on track.”

    Kind regards


    • admin says:

      Hi Louise
      Thanks so much for reading The Guilty One and glad that you are now back on track with your reading. I am so glad that you enjoyed… my new one is not long out!!
      Thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the delay in reply.
      Good luck.
      Best wishes

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