By Cath Staincliffe
4 bystanders within the incorrect position on the incorrect time. Witnesses to the stunning taking pictures of a teenage boy. A second that alterations their lives without end. Fiona, a midwife, is suffering from panic assaults and not able to paintings. Has she the power to testify? Mike, a supply motive force and relations guy, faces an most unlikely determination whilst his worried spouse forces him to decide on - us or the courtroom case. Cheryl, a single-mother, does not wish her baby to develop up within the similar weather of worry. Dare she communicate out and danger her personal lifestyles? Zak, a homeless guy, bargains to speak in alternate for witness safeguard and the opportunity of a brand new commence. usual humans in a rare scenario. Will the witnesses stand company or be avoided from giving facts? How will they focus on the emotional trauma of reliving the homicide below pitiless cross-examination? A compassionate, suspenseful and illuminating tale exploring the genuine human price of bearing witness. compliment for Cath Staincliffe: "A painfully sincere exploration of a typical kin less than rigidity ...A gorgeous piece of work." (Anne Cleeves). "Modest, compassionate...a strong creative plotter with a pointy eye for household detail." ("Literary Review"). "Complex and satisfying." ("The Sunday Times"). "About nearly as good because the British inner most eye novel gets." ("Time Out"). "It's consistently interesting to work out a author get well and higher, and Cath Staincliffe is doing simply that." (Val McDermid). "An engrossing read." ("Sunday Telegraph").
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Paulette is still at the hospital. You could get some flowers. ’ ‘No. ’ Cheryl’s hand shook and her eyes stung as she ended the call. She sniffed hard. Turned to Vinia. ‘Danny died. ’ ‘I’ll come,’ Vinia said. Cheryl felt trapped, wanting to shake free of her. ’ Vinia was scared, Cheryl saw, couldn’t face Carlton and his boys. ’ Cheryl bought the biggest bouquet she could with Nana’s £20 note. White and red: lilies and carnations, gypsy and ferns. Milo wanted to hold them but she was worried he would try eating them or crush the delicate blooms, so she bought him a piece of red ribbon from the woman and gave him that.
Mike followed. ‘I rang,’ he said. ’ Bit of a red herring, really, he would never have made it to the supermarket even if he had got through and Vicky had reminded him. ‘Yes, well, he’s hidden the phone again,’ she hissed, pulling at the drawers, rifling through, just in case. Another of Kieran’s obsessions: taking and hiding phones. ’ ‘Recharging. ’ She turned, furious, her face contorted, holding up the transparent plastic box. ’ A single straw. Mike’s mouth began to twitch, a bubble of hysteria fluttered in his chest.
Panic exploded in her chest. Stay, she wanted to say. Don’t go. Be careful! This – the soft air, the food, home, it’s a mirage. Gone in an instant. It’s not safe out there. ’ She turned to watch him go: a clumsy bear of a boy. An impression strengthened by the ridiculous baggy black denims, the huge black T-shirt. At fifteen it was as if the light in him had gone out. Just a phase, everyone told her, and she hoped that was the case, and that it would not be long-lived. She took more wine. Drank deep.
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