The Child Who

The Child Who

Title:The Child Who
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143120919
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:303 pages

An unimaginable crime and the man who must defend it-a probing psychological thriller from the author of A Thousand Cuts.A chance phone call throws the biggest muder case in southern England into the hands of provincial attorney Leo Curtice. Twelve-year- old Daniel Blake stands accused of murdering an eleven-year-old girl. But who is truly responsible when one child kills another? As Curtice sets out to defend the indefensible, he soon finds himself pitted against an enraged community calling for blood. When the buildup of pressure takes a sinister turn, he fears for his wife and young daughter's safety. Must he choose between his family and the life of a damaged child? With piercing psychological insight, Lelic examines a community's response to a hideous crime.

Longlisted for the Crime Writers' Assocaition's Gold Dagger award fro Best Novel of the Year and the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller.


    The Child Who Reviews

  • Laura Rash

    WOW! I didn’t see that ending coming at all! For once!! Now I have hope again that there are still original books with the capability of stumping me! After reading this & The House, I’m reading al...

  • Lou

    An engaging story involving a twelve year old boy accused of the murder and rape of a young girl. We follow the solicitor in his taking on of the case and the turmoil and hate he faces representing a ...

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    My thoughts on this one were rather mixed. I'll start with the good: the subject matter. The subject and the ethical questions associated with dealing with crimes by youth is fascinating to me. Given ...

  • Lainy

    Time taken to read - 2 daysPublisher - Penguin BooksPages - 303Blurb from GoodreadsAn unimaginable crime and the man who must defend it-a probing psychological thriller from the author of A Thousand C...

  • Lisa

    OK. So I have mixed feelings about this book. I was looking forward to reading a gripping book about a child killer who kills a child. However, it was not gripping at all really....well maybe in small...

  • Plum-crazy

    When this story started it had me both totally hooked & feeling such conflicting emotions, initially some surprise sympathy for the young murderer but mainly shock & disgust at the treatment his legal...

  • Diane S ?

    The book starts off with a sort of celebration, as Leo had been assigned, by a judge what he considers the biggest case of his career. A child killing another child and from there the tension in the b...

  • Erin Wolak

    I started this book hoping for an intense murder/mystery/why'd he do it novel and walked away with a semi-mediocre drama. The synopsis makes it sound like the reader will be watching the discovery of ...

  • Katie

    Great plot idea, and it kept me slightly interested; but the writing was muh and the main character was an idiot. I kept waiting for the book to end with him waking up in a mental ward having a psycho...

  • Fred Hughes

    This review is based on a free copy of this book supplied to me by the Publisher through the Goodreads First Reader ProgramThis is the story of the murder of an 11 year old girl by a 12 year old boy. ...