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    • ISBN:9781849014748
    • Publication date:18 Apr 2013
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Dark Spaces

By Helen Black

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Lilly Valentine tries to help a damaged teenager - but has she been horrifically abused, or is she lying to save her own skin?

'HELP US'

Lilly Valentine tries to help a damaged teenager - but has she been horrifically abused, or is she lying to save her own skin?

Lilly Valentine is not in a happy place. In the midst of her life crashing down around her, Lilly is asked by a child psychologist if she will help one of her patients: a girl currently sectioned having stolen a car while extremely drunk. While Lilly visits her she is introduced to Chloe, another unstable teenager who slips Lilly a note saying: 'Help us'.

And then Lilly's client is killed and Chloe accused of her murder. Her case is not helped by the fact that the words 'Help us' have been carved on the dead girl's stomach...

As the investigation gets underway, more and more accusations come to light. But are they lies to divert attention; delusions of a mentally ill mind, or may there be some truth lurking behind the walls of the Grove?

Praise for Helen Black:

'Gripping and gritty, this book will keep you hooked from the first page to the last.' Roberta Kray

'A dark and gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat.' Closer magazine

'Frightening, depressing, and knowledgeable.' Country Life.

Biographical Notes

Helen grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull university and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system.

Helen is married to a long-suffering lawyer and is the mother of young twins which take up 90% of her waking hours.

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  • Publication date: 04 Apr 2013
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  • Imprint: C & R Crime
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