The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

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Moving and suspenseful, Lisa Ballantyne’s The Guilty One is a psychological thriller about the darkness in each of us. It explores how we are all tied to our pasts, and what it means to be guilty.

Solicitor Daniel Hunter is called to defend 11-year-old Sebastian who has been charged with the murder of a young boy on a London playground. While examining Sebastian’s life in order to save it, Daniel can’t help but be transported to his own difficult youth spent in foster care—a time when the one he trusted the most was the one who betrayed him…

Emotionally wrought, and with an abundance of twists and turns, The Guilty One is a character-driven novel of suspense that explores the true nature of guilt.

 

About Lisa Ballantyne

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Lisa Ballantyne was born in Scotland and is a graduate of University of St Andrews. She spent most of her twenties working and living in China, before returning to the UK in 2002, to work in Higher Education, largely at University of Glasgow. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland; this is her first novel.
 
Published January 1, 2012 by Morrow. 481 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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When Daniel arrives, Minnie tries to mold the disturbed and violent young boy into a man and eventually earns his respect, but years later, as a grown attorney, he and Minnie have parted ways and he no longer speaks to the woman who saved him.

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The Guardian

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The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne, The Abbey by Chris Culver, The Guardian by David Hosp, The Falcons of Fire and Ice by Karen Maitland

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Express

SUBTLE, suspenseful and sophisticated, this debut novel, which sold for big money worldwide, is enjoying comparisons to S J Watson’s breakout hit last year, Before I Go To Sleep.

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Daniel's story unveils itself to the reader as the modern day tale progresses through to the court room, keeping the reader hanging on for the outcome both of Sebastian's case and Daniel's past history and delivering a double-barrelled emotionally charged closing to the book.

Aug 30 2012 | Read Full Review of The Guilty One

Independent.ie

The James Bulger murder has cast a long shadow over contemporary writing about crime.

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Publishers Weekly

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Alternating flashbacks of Daniel’s youth as a fatherless foster child of a drug-addicted mother given by social workers to eccentric, perceptive, and loving Minnie Flynn demystify Daniel’s rejection of Minnie, who both hurt him and saved him from Sebastian’s fate or worse.

Jan 14 2013 | Read Full Review of The Guilty One

BlogHer

lol 5 I cut off my long hair and donated it for the making of women's wigs!

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The New Zealand Herald

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Curious Book Fans

An eight year old boy has been found dead in a play park and his eleven year old friend stands accused of his murder That is the stark reality at the start of The Guilty One.

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Shots

That Lelic novel is also said to feature a solicitor having to deal with a suspected child killer, like Ballantyne’s protagonist, Daniel Hunter.

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