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Publisher's Summary

It’s time to take your place on the jury.

The victim: A 16-year-old girl with facial deformities, neglected by an alcoholic mother, who accuses the boys of something unthinkable.

The defendants: Four handsome teenage boys from hardworking immigrant families. All with corroborating stories.

Whose side would you take?

©2019 Kia Abdullah (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"With razor-sharp insight into the lives of her characters, Kia Abdullah gives [listeners] much more than a courtroom thriller. A timely reminder that the tentacles of scandal are long - and they touch everyone." (Christina Dalcher, Sunday Times best-selling author of VOX)

"Taut, gritty and compelling. This book deserves to be huge." (Louise Jensen, million-copy best-selling author of The Sister)

"Intense, shocking and so real you can literally feel its heartbeat...." (Lisa Hall, author of Between You and Me and The Party)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-09-2019

A gripping drama!

we listened to it in the car and it made me look forward to long journeys! Brilliantly structured and perfectly performed.

Highly recommended.

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  • Terrie
  • 04-09-2019

Brilliant

I almost returned it, as it Starts a bit slow, but stay with it. You won’t be disappointed.

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  • Sue
  • 11-09-2019

Shocking!

I don’t often write reviews, I don’t often listen to audiobooks that shock me. This book, expertly narrated, was full of surprises, shocks even. I applaud the author for her bravery in a no holds barred telling of taboo subjects both in the description of her heroine and of the nasty attack on which the story is centred.
A gripping listen, thank you.

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  • Aimee Griffin
  • 29-08-2019

Brilliantly engaging & thought provoking.

I thoroughly enjoyed this this book. It was captivating & dealt with a myriad of issues. I would highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-04-2020

Brilliant read

I listened to this book in 2 days. I could not put it done. Until the very end, it keeps you gripped, not letting you know which way it will go. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Tony Dowling, Sheffield
  • 26-01-2020

Brave, thought provoking and very real world

A really challenging story that addresses some sensitive issues without sensationalism. The ending is very unexpected but the journey is what makes this book so memorable not the ending (good though the final chapter is). Superb!

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  • Maddie
  • 16-12-2019

Brilliant

One of the best audio books I have listened to. Moving, well narrated, intense, emotional, complex, very good ending. Can’t really fault it.

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  • Tony
  • 04-10-2019

Intriguing, engaging and new

I enjoyed this well told tale and its interesting twists and turns. It challenges your views and perceptions on many fronts - well mine anyhow, and it is entertaining , unexpected and a worthwhile read I shall look out for more from the author.

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  • Kazbahchickpea
  • 16-09-2019

interesting idea poorly executed.

I'm shocked at all the good reviews, found it to be repetitive, chock full of lazy stereotypes and cliches. It's a shame as it was a good idea but only finished it to see what the plot twist was. The dialogue totally unrealistic and writing almost childlike in places. Wont be reading any more of her work.

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  • Nicky Armstrong
  • 05-11-2020

Powerful storytelling with believable characters

Strong characters weave through this brilliantly told story, where the implications of truth and lies reach far across the communities involved.

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