"This is an assured debut novel that has ‘bestseller’ slapped all over it."
Daniel Hunter has spent many years as a solicitor defending young adults and what many would consider, ‘lost causes’. Such a lost cause is eleven year-old Sebastian who is charged with battering and killing a child three years younger. Seeing a lot of his juvenile self in Sebastian, Daniel takes on the role as his legal guide. But it is a trial that will have Daniel looking deep within himself and how things may well have been so different.
As Daniel makes preparations for the trial he hears that his adoptive mother, Minnie has died. They had not communicated for many years due to Minnie’s subterfuge and Daniel’s anger and reluctance to forgive her indiscretion. Now Minnie is dead there is no chance of reconciliation. As Sebastian’s trial gets underway, Daniel discovers more about the woman who took him in when nobody else wanted him and loved him even when he hated her. Slowly building up a portrait of Minnie’s life before they met, Daniel slowly realises that Minnie’s reasons for lying to Daniel may have been in his own best interests. Possibly, if Minnie had not acted, then Daniel may well have found himself in a court of law as a criminal rather than defending them.