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Simon Lelic has worked as a journalist and currently runs his own business. He was born in Brighton in 1976 and recently returned with his family to live there. His first two novels Rupture and The Facility were huge critical successes. Rupture won a Betty Trask Award, was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize and the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Simon was shortlisted in the New Writer of the Year category at the Galaxy British Book Awards.
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The heart-stopping thriller about a husband and wife who are hiding something from each other, and from you...This book won't let you go until you've found out the truth. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Gillian Flynn and Fiona Barton.
July 2012 Book of the Month. Longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2012. Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 2012. An author who is unafraid to tackle contentious subjects has a 12 year old killer as the dramatic centre of The Child Who. That he did it is not in question, it is why and the repercussions of the shocking act that drive this story on. Perfect for reading groups.
January 2012 Book of the Month. An author who is unafraid to tackle contentious subjects has a 12 year old killer as the dramatic centre of The Child Who. That he did it is not in question, it is why and the repercussions of the shocking act that drive this story on. Perfect for reading groups.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year 2010. September 2010 Debut of the Month. CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Finalist 2010. It has been some time since I picked up a first novel that I literally couldn’t put down but this tale about a shooting in a school, the months that precede it and the consequences for all parties is one such. It is police procedural stuff, a whydunit as opposed to a whodunit, which is told in the third person with all the recorded testimonies that build up the case coming in first person monologues slowly piecing the whole picture together. It’s about bullying, isolation, turning a blind eye and pursuing the truth and it is very, very good. Highly recommended. Comparison: Helen Fitzgerald, Daniel Clay, Neil Cross. CWA Judges’ comments: 'Not all victims are innocent and not all perpetrators are guilty. This book explores the reconstruction of a horrific crime with its background and its complex motivations in the everyday context of an urban school. Where does autocracy end and where does bullying begin?'