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The Child Who- Simon Lelic-Used

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Source Text: The Child Whohttp://images.cqout.com/Books/9780230763104.jpghttp://large.snazal.com/?9780230763104Simon Lelic97802307631049780230763104Media > Books8.57The Child Who your first choice for quality books'By page three, Simon Lelic's harrowing and haunting novel The Child Who has you utterly in its snares. A daring writer but also a deeply open-hearted one, he renders his flawed but sympathetic characters with the most tender of hands, heightening the tale's suspense and drawing us even closer' --Megan Abbott, author of THE END OF EVERYTHING`This is a gripping, compelling read, with the author bravely tackling head-on a subject which arouses incredibly strong feelings, and then taking a very interesting angle on it by looking at the repercussions on the defending solicitor. The public outcry and horror at this boy and his crime is realistically and effectively portrayed. Leo makes mistakes and has flaws, but he is a sympathetic character. He tries to get to know Daniel, and attempts to get to the bottom of why he has acted as he has, what has happened to him in the past, what of his relationships with his mother, father and stepfather? But is this approach futile? And what will happen to Leo's family, can they survive the mounting strain of this case and the media frenzy it attracts? A fascinating and dramatic novel, this is definitely one to make you think, and the author leaves you wanting more.' --Little Reader Library`When Daniel, a quiet 12-year-old boy, is found to have murdered his classmate, the job of defending him falls to provincial solicitor Leo Curtice. Curtice is open enough to understand that abused, neglected Daniel is a victim too. But he has a couple of fatal flaws: unfocused ambition and a naivety so chronic that he simply cannot foresee the impact of his actions on his wife and, especially, his teenage daughter, who suffers terrible bullying at school. An agile, perceptive writer, Lelic makes the most of this, drawing us deep into the family set-up and employing two time-frames so that the grim aftermath is constantly in our minds. Could this be Lelic's breakthrough book? It deserves to be' --Guardian`Simon Lelic's third book, The Child Who, takes him back to the format that worked so successfully with his first novel, Rupture . . .Lelic's themes are always inspired by real events that have been in the news. Here, he tackles the murder of an 11 year old child by Daniel, a 12 year old. The creative inspiration is surely the James Bulger case and he acknowledges the creative debt to Blake Morrison's As If on that very subject. . . Of course the subject matter doesn't make for a comfortable read and it's a grim story, but it is a book that will have you gripped from the start. Style-wise, he tends to start each short chapter by making you uncertain of what is going on, and the numbered historical chapters are interspersed with fewer chapters that are told ten years later. But once you realize this, it isn't at all confusing. The short chapters and heavy dialog content ensure that this is a fast, gripping read. Simon Lelic is a writer to watch.' --Bookbag`Lelic's third novel after Rupture and The Facility takes a hackneyed, supermarket-thriller theme - the "evil" child who kills - but approaches it so intelligently that suspicions of opportunism are instantly allayed. When Daniel, a quiet 12-year-old boy, is found to have murdered his classmate, the job of defending him falls to provincial solicitor Leo Curtice. Curtice is open enough to understand that abused, neglected Daniel is a victim too. But he has a couple of fatal flaws: unfocused ambition and a naivety so chronic that he simply cannot foresee the impact of his actions on his wife and, especially, his teenage daughter, who suffers terrible bullying at school. An agile, perceptive writer, Lelic makes the most of this, drawing us deep into the family set-up and employing two time-frames so that the grim aftermath is constantly in our minds. Could this be Lelic's breakthrough book? It deserves to be.' --Guardian`Fantastic. Absorbing, moving, hugely gripping.' --Mark Billlingham, bestselling author of the Tom Thorne novels`An edgy and unorthodox writer whose specialty is holding the reader in an unshakeable narrative grip while making us question the actions of the central characters . . . It is impossible to feel lukewarm about The Child Who and that as much as anything is a measure of this author's uncomfortable skills' --Daily Express`A provincial solicitor finds his world shaken to the core when he has to defend a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering a young female schoolmate. Fascinating moral issues are played out' --Daily Mirror`Shades of the James Bulger case hover over Lelic's third novel . . . The less prurient writers who tackle this theme often adopt kid gloves only to strangle the life out of their work, but Lelic keeps his thriller exciting while handling the material sensitively' Four stars --Daily Telegraph`Pacey, surprising and well written' --The Times`An excellent psychological crime thriller from one of the genre's rising stars' --Metro Top 10 things to do this weekend feature`In Simon Lelic's provocative (and contentious) The Child Who, children and death are chillingly combined in a juvenile dispenser of murder . . . The author's earlier books, Rupture and The Facility, showed a readiness to tackle deeply uncomfortable issues. Lelic's unconventional take on bullying and alienated children now appears a dry run for this new novel, in which the reader's capacity for either outrage or sympathy is uneasily manipulated by the author . . . One of the most intriguing things about Lelic's intelligent novel is its steadfast refusal to take sides. Is Leo right to risk the love and respect of his own family in working out a personal agenda, however laudable? Lelic places such conclusions within the individual conscience of the reader. And that, as much as anything else, shows him as a writer to whom attention must be paid' --Independent`Zest, fresh perspective, insight and often quite beautiful writing, something you rarely see in populist thriller fiction . . . his gift is for immediately unsettling the reader. Just who is narrating this? Who are these people? Where is this going? This wrong-footing isn't just gimmicky, however. It's an essential thread in the weave of this excellent novel . . . Much of the joy of this book is about the disorientating nature of Lelic's story-telling . . . bewitching' --Metro`Award-winning author Simon Lelic tells a deeply disturbing tale in The Child Who . . . an unsettling story with an unexpected ending' --Image magazine, Ireland`British author Simon Lelic follows his acclaimed debut with an equally gripping psychological thriller also inspired by horrific real-life crime' --Publishers Weekly starred review`The Child Who is a quietly excellent legal thriller which, unusually, does not rely on the tension of a jury's approaching verdict. The reader knows that 12-year-old Daniel Blake has brutally killed his fellow pupil Felicity Forbes -- but not why. The focus is on his lawyer, Leo Curtice, viewing his client as a victim, too, but failing to realise the impact that the case would have on his wife and sensitive teenaged daughter. As the trial develops, so does the destructive strain and pressure -- mental and physical -- on the family' --Marcel Berlins, The Times'Lelic was marked for stardom by his first two thrillers, Rupture and The Facility, and he confirms his place at the literary top table with this, his third. Provincial solicitor Leo Curtice just happens to be duty solicitor to the local police station when he accepts a call about a prisoner who needs a legal representative. But this is no ordinary prisoner, this is 12-year-old Daniel Blake

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