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The Guilty One

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The Guilty One, Lisa Ballantyne, book reviewAn eight year old boy has been found dead in a play park and his eleven year old friend stands accused of his murder That is the stark reality at the start of The Guilty One. Is Sebastian Croll the guilty one though, as suggested by the title of Lisa Ballantyne’s first gripping novel or is he as innocent as he proclaims? Whether he is guilty or not, it is his lawyer, Daniel Hunter’s job to defend him. However, as Daniel learns more about Sebastian’s life, he cannot help thinking back to his own boyhood in foster care and how he could have quite easily ended up in the same position as Sebastian.

The Guilty One is really two stories in one. Firstly, there is the story surrounding the murder of young Ben Stokes and the subsequent police investigation that leads to a riveting murder trial.


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