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