Another intense and uncompromising novel from the critically acclaimed author of BEFORE I DIE.
If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?
If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?
When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.
When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.
When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.
This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.
“An intense and arresting love story”
Natasha Harding, The Sun
“An outstanding, compelling drama from Downham.”
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
“It's one of the most powerful books we've read in an age. Even after finishing, it lingered with us for days . . . Jenny Downham's novel blows other books out of the water”
“I loved it . . . beautifully written with a painful but penetrating awareness”
Jill Murphy, The Bookbag
“A tale of love across the social divide in coastal Norfolk, with the edge of a crime novel...Split loyalties and the chasm between the young couple's life experiences make their enduring relationship a triumph. Their credible and tender sexual encounter is the calm before the storm, as for Romeo and Juliet”