Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.
As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.
Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?
Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?
An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.
This one is certainly an interesting yet different read. A few times I couldn't decide how I felt about this book.
I was enjoying it, but it felt like something was missing, like the story just plodded along, yet it had drawn me in and I knew I had to keep reading to see how the book turned out. Pretty good as it happens. After a bit of a slow start it begins to get interesting and you find yourself second guessing what is about to happen.
Teacher Claire Penny develops a soft spot for troubled child, Lorna Bell. Little does she know that this child is going to change her life.
The child asks Claire for help, Claire seems to go above her teacher roll to help this child.
The story seems to unfold little by little, and at times seems a little creepy.
It really does drag you in and it's worth giving it a read.