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The Playground

By: Michelle Frances
Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
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Publisher's Summary

Looking to escape her old life, Nancy and her ten-year-old daughter Lara move to Ripton. A quiet, picturesque village in the rolling Derbyshire countryside, it seems like the perfect place to settle down.

But when Nancy reaches the school gates, she learns that beneath the quaint village atmosphere is a minefield. And after her daughter clashes with her school friends, Nancy quickly finds herself outside the whispering circle of parents.

As much as Nancy finds the playground politics absurd, they soon become impossible to ignore when Lara is accused of hurting another girl.

Desperate to clear Lara's name, Nancy is about to learn just what lengths a parent will go to for their child . . .

Wry, twisting and suspenseful, Michelle Frances tells a story of schoolyard sniping turning into something much uglier in The Playground, for fans of Liane Moriarty and Adele Parks.

©2023 Michelle Frances (P)2023 Macmillan Publishers International Limited

Critic Reviews

Taut, dark, and seriously addictive (Will Dean author of Dark Pines)
A slow burn, tense tale of the repercussions of both adult and child bullying and secret WhatsApp groups which almost any parent will relate to. Highly readable and horrifying. (Catherine Cooper, author of The Chalet)

"Michelle Frances is an author we're going to hear a great deal about." (Jilly Cooper)

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