How well do you know the people you love…?
Best friends Noah Sadler and Abdi Mahad have always been inseparable. But when Noah is found floating unconscious in Bristol's Feeder Canal, Abdi can't--or won't--tell anyone what happened.
Just back from a mandatory leave following his last case, Detective Jim Clemo is now assigned to look into this unfortunate accident. But tragedy strikes and what looked like the simple case of a prank gone wrong soon ignites into a public battle. Noah is British. Abdi is a Somali refugee. And social tensions have been rising rapidly in Bristol. Against this background of fear and fury two families fight for their sons and for the truth. Neither of them know how far they will have to go, what demons they will have to face, what pain they will have to suffer.
Because the truth hurts.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Best friends Noah and Abdi don’t quite fit the mould at their upper-class British school: Noah has a serious illness, and Abdi is a Somali refugee. Though this isn’t a sequel, Gilly Macmillan’s Detective Jim Clemo—from What She Knew—takes on the case after an incident leaves both teens silent. We got completely wrapped up in this who-can-you-trust story. Macmillan builds suspense while weaving between perspectives. Her handling of the social tensions surrounding the case—especially concerning the boys and their families—is particularly impressive.
Noah Sadler, a native-born British boy, and Abdi Mahad, a refugee from Somalia, become best friends at Medes College, a prestigious Bristol secondary school, in this engrossing novel from Macmillan (The Perfect Girl). Late one night, Noah and Abdi meet on the bank of the Feeder Canal, into which Noah falls. Det. Insp. Jim Clemo takes charge of the subsequent investigation to ascertain whether Abdi pushed Noah or it was an accident. Neither boy can give a version of what happened: Noah because he's in an induced coma, and Abdi because he remains mute, either refusing to cooperate or deeply in shock. When crime reporter Emma Zhang, Jim's former lover, hears of the incident, she seeks out Noah's parents. Her reporting, however, threatens to inflame anti-immigrant sentiments, particularly by raising the suspicion that the police are holding back so as not to exacerbate racial tensions. Both Noah's and Abdi's families are forced to confront emotions and secrets buried over the years. The action builds to a shattering conclusion.