A cap­ti­vat­ing look at the murky wa­ters that swirl in a small town

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THIS cap­ti­vat­ing de­but is loosely based on the real mur­der of two tod­dler boys by the 11-year-old Mary Bell in New­cas­tle in 1968.

Bell was given a fresh iden­tity and moved to a small British sea­side town after her re­lease from prison in 1980. Kara’s hero­ine, Joanna, has re­cently re­lo­cated to Flin­stead-on-Sea with her young son Al­fie when she hears a ru­mour at the school gates that Sally McGowan, who killed a tod­dler when she was ten, may be hid­ing in the town un­der a new iden­tity. Is the ru­mour true and, if so, who is she now?

So be­gins a sub­tle ex­am­i­na­tion of the dam­age gos­sip can do and of the murky wa­ters that can swirl around in a small town.

Kara skil­fully charts the de­struc­tion vig­i­lan­tism causes, then asks the ques­tion of whether redemp­tion is ever pos­si­ble.

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