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This story is about two young girls who became friends this unlikely friendship blossomed even though they were both from troubled families, maybe even because of it. They both had their little secrets which we become more aware of a little further into the book. Because of this friendship early on they were to be linked in life much later on once more. This is where their true friendship is tested to the limit. Beth determined to get herself out from under a very troubled family life, goes into law and becomes a Lawyer for the courts for the people who cannot represent themselves. Having been given a case load she finds herself staring down at an old friend, and wonders what this woman has done that could have sent her to prison. She is there to unravel a very nasty chain of events that seep into her own life. She doesn't recognise her childhood friend at first so when she starts digging up the past she is horrified at what she finds out. Susan turned reclusive due to a very traumatic lifestyle and what happens to her, I am sorry but I cannot tell you as this will spoil the book totally. Needless to say she needs Beth's help as a Lawyer for the court and their lives will never be the same again. Susan tells Beth that she does not want her as her lawyer once she starts working through the case and as soon as she recognises who she is and asks to be represented by beth's co worker. Things start to hot up here and her harrowing story comes to light. I cried my eyes out nearly all the way through this book, it was one of those stories that made you feel so totally sorry for the people concerned that you just could not put it down, at least I could not. I found this a very believable story and it could almost have been a true story. The mention right at the front Lesley Pearce gives to her friends helping her to understand meningitis is very touching and is relevant later in the book, I will say nothing more on this as I could be classed as spoiling it for you. I will say you really need to read this book it is a must have even if you read it on a kindle. I myself prefer good old fashioned paperbacks, I guess I am old fashioned that way. This book gave me the comfort value I needed while I am recuperating with a broken arm and I curled up on the sofa with a nice cuppa and wailed my eyes out totally oblivious to the world. It was a very good read thoroughly recommend it to anyone that likes a good old howl every now and again. It was well written and again I will say believable and could have been a real life drama, maybe could even be adapted for TV. Again a book given to me by my friend, but easily found on the Internet on Amazon with varying prices and can also be found on Kindle too. Priced from £1 upwards has to be a good read for anyone.
Beth Powell and Susie Wright grew up together and were best friends. But fate intervened and separated them. It's twenty-nine years later when they meet again. Susie is a down-and-out who has shot two people in cold blood, and Beth is the lawyer allocated to defend her. As Beth prepares her defence by trawling through her old friend's tragic past, she has to face her own demons. Yet the love both women had for one another as children is still there, even as the evidence against Susie mounts up. A love which must be stronger than the traumas of their past.