The Guilty One – Lisa Ballantyne – Genre – Crime/ Thriller
Blurb: An eight-year-old boy is found dead in a playground . . .and his eleven-year-old neighbor is accused of the crime. Leading the defense is London solicitor Daniel Hunter, a champion of lost causes.
A damaged boy from a troubled home, Daniel’s young client, Sebastian, reminds Daniel of his own turbulent childhood–and of Minnie, the devoted woman whose love saved him. But one terrible act of betrayal irrevocably shattered their bond.
As past and present collide, Daniel is faced with disturbing questions. Will his sympathy for Sebastian and his own memories blind him to the truth? What happened in the park–and who, ultimately, is to blame for a little boy’s death? Rethinking everything he’s ever believed, Daniel begins to understand what it means to be wrong . . . and to be the guilty one.
My Review: This is Lisa Ballantyne’s debut novel and I found this a gripping and intense story. If you enjoy courtroom dramas which are both realistic and fast paced with fascinating characters and intriguing back stories – then I am quite sure you will love this one.
About the Author: Lisa Ballantyne was born in Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland and studied English literature at University of St Andrews. She lived and worked in China for many years and started writing seriously while she was there. She now lives in Glasgow.
The Guilty One published to critical and commercial acclaim in 2012. Redemption Road is Lisa’s second novel