This is the first novel I have read by this author and I found the plot and writing to be excellent. I was intrigued from the beginning and throughout the story there were twists and turns with some difficult subjects faced head on.
Nick, married to Marina, with two small children has his life torn apart when he is accused of sexual assault of a girl, Angela, who is not yet a teenager. Angela is a troubled girl, full of anger and hatred, and the insights given by the narrative show there are many issues going on behind the scenes with her.
Nick also has ghosts and troubles in his background and behaviour, which are highlighted but do these mean that he is a child molester. The impact is huge as his family, including his wife’s employment, are all affected.
It is not until towards the end that the reader finds out the truth. Lisa Ballantyne was unafraid to look at the depths of the situation from the viewpoint of the accused and the accuser.
There were parts where I flinched and cringed as the story unfolded but this in no way detracts from the read.