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The Child Who

A Novel

by Simon Lelic

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The Child Who by Simon Lelic
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  • Published Feb 2012
    320 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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An unimaginable crime and the man who must defend it - a probing psychological thriller from the author of A Thousand Cuts.

A chance phone call throws the biggest murder case in southern England into the hands of provincial attorney Leo Curtice. Twelve-year-old Daniel Blake stands accused of murdering an eleven-year-old girl. But who is truly responsible when one child kills another? As Curtice sets out to defend the indefensible, he soon finds himself pitted against an enraged community calling for blood. When the buildup of pressure takes a sinister turn, he fears for his wife and young daughter's safety. Must he choose between his family and the life of a damaged child? With piercing psychological insight, Lelic examines a community's response to a hideous crime.

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"Starred Review. British author Lelic follows his acclaimed debut, A Thousand Cuts, with an equally gripping psychological thriller also inspired by a horrific real-life crime… the plot unfolds in a way few readers will anticipate." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Lelic faces thorny issues of guilt and responsibility head on, and no one comes out unscathed." - Kirkus Reviews

"An agile, perceptive writer... Could this be Lelic's breakthrough book? It deserves to be." - The Guardian (UK)

"By page three, Simon Lelic's harrowing and haunting novel The Child Who has you utterly in its snares. A daring writer but also a deeply open- hearted one, he renders his flawed but sympathetic characters with the most tender of hands, heightening the tale's suspense and drawing us even closer." - Megan Abbott, author of The End of Everything

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Simon Lelic

Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton, England in 1976 and lives there now with his wife and two sons. For more information, visit his website at www.simonlelic.com.

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