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The Guilty One

The Guilty One

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER!

‘One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year’ Richard and Judy

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?

A Richard & Judy Book Club favourite and international phenomenon. Deeply psychological and suspenseful, The Guilty One is both a legal thriller and a human story of love and redemption.

‘Moving, insightful’ Guardian

‘A page-turner with real emotional depth’ Daily Express

‘Thought-provoking, brave, challenging, compulsive’ Rosamund Lupton

‘An absorbing psychological debut’ Company

‘Sophisticated, suspenseful, unsettling’ Lee Child

‘Grips like a vice’ Daily Mail

‘One of the best debuts I’ve ever encountered. An outstanding work of fiction’ Daily Record

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

‘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

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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 30th August 2012

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9780749957285

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
Shari Low, 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
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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
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