A snap decision has devastating consequences, in Belinda Bauer’s thrilling and brilliantly unconventional crime novel.

On a stifling summer's day, 11-year-old Jack has been put in charge of his two sisters. They wait in the broken-down car for their mother to come back. But she doesn't come back. She never comes back. Three years later, Jack is still in charge - of supporting them all, of making sure nobody knows they're alone in the house. And then - quite suddenly - he’s in charge of finding out the truth about what happened to their mother.

Longlisted
The Man Booker Prize 2018
Published by
Bantam Press
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