Lisa Ballantyne’s The Guilty One has been making waves across the UK! The story, the characters and the writing are all striking a chord with readers and here at Piatkus are so proud to be behind such an exceptional debut novel.
Chosen by Richard and Judy to be part of their Autumn 2012 Book Club, The Guilty One is now in the running to be chosen as the Readers’ Favourite book of the selection. If you’ve read the book and enjoyed it as much as we have, click here to cast your vote and see the entire Autumn 2012 selection.
‘One of the most readable, emotionally intense novels of the year, and a debut one at that. Lisa Ballantyne pulls off the key writer's trick of getting us to care about the characters; by the end of the first chapter, you will be comprehensively on the hook’ Richard Madeley, Richard and Judy’s Book Club, Autumn 2012 Pick
Here are just some of the other amazing reviews The Guilty One has received . . .
‘[a] moving, insightful debut . . . It's easy to see why this caused such a stir at Frankfurt last year. If it isn't this year's Before I Go To Sleep, I'll eat my laptop’ Guardian
‘An absorbing psychological debut’ Company Magazine
‘Lisa Ballantyne has written a first novel that is both moving and suspenseful; richly detailed, yet with the eerie simplicity of a parable’ Joyce Carol Oates
‘Ballantyne twists the two storylines together with a prose so accomplished that it beggars belief that this is the Scottish writer’s debut . . . This is an outstanding work of fiction, and the real crime would have been if the talent of Lisa Ballantyne had never been discovered’ Daily Record
‘Thought provoking, brave and challenging, this book is an unsettling and compulsive read’ Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of Sister and Afterwards
‘It's a work of genuine substance about real human beings with real human flaws, in which nothing can be tied up neatly because life doesn't work like that. The Guilty One puts her firmly on the list of writers to watch’ Irish Independent
‘The Guilty One is a wonderful book, rich and rewarding, filled with delights yet with an overwhelming sadness that lingers beyond the final pages’ Weekend Australian
‘[A] remarkably assured debut novel . . . A simple story with complex underpinnings, beautifully told . . . It is also a sensitive exploration of the damage that parents unwittingly inflict on their children. Plenty of suspense and characters with real depth make this a riveting read’ guardian.co.uk
‘A mature, gripping book you'll be desperate to tell your friends about’ Big Issue (Scotland)
‘Subtle, suspenseful and sophisticated . . .’ Sunday Express
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