The one place she never wanted to go back to. The one place she can’t escape.
When she was just five years old, Lucy Murphy witnessed her mother’s brutal murder in their home on London’s notorious Griffin Estate. The case was never solved. Now a newly qualified police officer, Lucy has been given her first job: she’s going back to the Griffin Estate.
She is there to protect the estate’s vulnerable residents, including Shannon and Kian Winters, two kids struggling to deal with their alcoholic mother. Fifteen-year-old Shannon is working every spare hour to keep a roof over their heads, but thirteen-year-old Kian has fallen under the sway of gang leader Jax Priestly. And now Jax has plans for Shannon too…
As Lucy gets to know Kian and Shannon she becomes determined not to let the two teenagers become Jax’s victims. But time is running out. Jax is out of control, and the gang’s violent reprisals are escalating. Can Lucy face down her own demons in time to prevent a tragedy? As a child, she already witnessed the murder of one innocent person. It will take all her courage and training to stop another.
I can’t find the words to express how much I enjoyed this book!
There were quite a few characters I would have loved to strangle, but also some I would have loved to take into my arms and cuddle them.
I hope I will never cross paths with someone like Jax and I know about how it is to see a loved one change because of dementia.
The author wrote a brilliant story that both repulsed me and touched my heart. It’s unbelieveable how people can be that way and make others suffer like that.
I was more than once wrongfooted and each time it left me flabbergasted. I just love that!
This is an author whose books are so amazingly good that I don’t mind losing some (or a lot of) sleep over them.
Was this a standalone or are we in for a sequel? I hope for the latter, but anyhow the 5 stars are well deserved!
Thank you, Casey Kelleher and Bookouture
About the author
Born in Cuckfield, West Sussex, Casey Kelleher grew up as an avid reader and a huge fan of author Martina Cole.
Whilst working as a beauty therapist and bringing up her three children together with her husband, Casey penned her debut novel Rotten to the Core. Its success meant that she could give up her day job and concentrate on writing full time.