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Publisher Description

‘I’m not safe – you have to help me…’

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.

As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe. 

Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled? 

Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?

An utterly unputdownable and darkly compelling read that will have fans of The Girl on the Train, The Sister, and Gone Girl absolutely hooked.

Mysteries & Thrillers
February 22
StoryFire Ltd

Customer Reviews

DcFini ,


I don’t like it when a person that is “supposed” to be SMART (I.e., a Teacher), is presented as extremely dumb, naive and plain STUPID!!!

It is INSULTING to the reader.

Especially when; the ending could be seen several chapters prior and the outcome could have and should have ended with the Teacher having “LEARNED” to not be so ridiculously desperate for affection and gullible. She should have RETIRED, sold all her Property and moved to an Island or somewhere and adopted an infant if she had to have a kid, or just became a School Counselor.

6161maui ,

Bad Little Girl

First 90% of this book is BORING and drags on and on with too much detail.

Courtney from Concord,NC ,

Great Read!

A great read, in my opinion. Thrilling and shocking at points. Couldn't put it down at the end! Stayed up super late to find out the conclusion!

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