'This is a harrowing book about aggression, fear, the painful strength of parental love and the agony of being unable to shield your child from hurt. Brilliantly and sympathetically written, it will strike cold fear into the heart of every parent' DAILY MAIL 'The stripped-down prose of Neil Cross is at once masterly, authoritative and tender throughout this superb and difficult novel. Outstanding' BIG ISSUE 'Set to be his most successful yet...harrowing but gripping' TIME OUT 'A gripping journey to the limits of paternal emotions' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'The stripped-down prose of Neil Cross is at once masterly, authoritative and tender throughout this superb and difficult novel. Outstanding.' BIG ISSUE **** 'The novel is reminiscent of Peckinpah's Straw Dogs. But rather than sexual inadequacy, it is feelings of parental inadequacy, compounded by grief, isolation and the loneliness which must be felt by every parent whose only child has just become an uncommunicative teenager, which provoke an intelligent man to commit senseless violence' Independent on Sunday 1/2 'Gripping, even in the last 50 pages, where what starts out as a recognizable, everyday situation finally goes over the top...Cross relies on a simple, straightforward prose...' GUARDIAN 21/2 'Tackling the thorny issue of child abuse - by other children - is a stylistically brave move. It's testament to Cross' undeniable talent that it's been done so tastefully' BIG ISSUE 7/2 "Cross's grimly readable novel settles into a parent's nightmares and ties apprehensive knots in the reader's stomach" Guardian 20/2 'Cross persuasively depicts the subtle drama of family life and gently builds up three-dimensional characters' Observer 27/3
About the Author
Neil Cross is the author of several novels including Always the Sun and Burial, as well as the bestselling memoir Heartland. He has been lead scriptwriter for the two most recent seasons of the acclaimed BBC spy drama series Spooks and continues to write widely for the screen.