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- Publisher: ARROW BOOKS LTD
- Format: Paperback | 416 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 193mm x 28mm | 272g
- Publication date: 5 August 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099509830
- ISBN 13: 9780099509837
- Sales rank: 400,679
It is the summer of 1976, the hottest summer on record. In the heart of London's bustling East End lies a tight-knit community of families. They lead a very traditional way of life, the men are down the pub, the women are gossiping at the toddler group in the working women's club and the children stay out late in the long summer evenings, playing in the park and roaming the streets carefree.In the sweltering heat, Grace Ballantyne leaves her son Adam playing in his toy car in the garden. When she returns, she finds the door to the car open and her four-year-old son is nowhere in sight. As Grace frantically searches, panic creeps in and so the nightmare begins. A series of horrific assaults on young children spreads through the neighbourhood, each one more brutal; there is only so much this close community can take. As they cling to one another for hope and survival, the men beat up the school caretaker who they believe to be the perpetrator of this twisted abuse. But have they got the right man? Finally, it is the women who take control. In a battle to protect their families - and seek revenge - they make sure the attacker gets his just desserts.
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Jenny Tomlin is happily married and living in France. With continuing support from her two children Martine and LJ, she still loves to write and enjoys family life to the full. She champions the causes of those charities that fight to wipe out abuse in all its forms, these include Barnardo's, Refuge, Red Cross and Domestic Violence Units, amongst others. Her other works have been in non-fiction: Behind Closed Doors, Silent Sisters and Not Alone.
By Suzanne 28 May 2010
I had this book a while before actually getting round to reading.
At one point I did begin to question the authours sainity to be honest.
The general story however is good.
If your one for reading many childhood storys this one is a bit different, it is non fiction and based around several families that live close by to each other.