The boy who fell



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Kids can be so cruel. They'll call you names. Hurt your feelings. Push you to your death. In the garden of an abandoned house, Luke Connolly lies broken, dead. The night before, he and his friends partied inside. Nobody fought, everybody else went home safely. And yet, Luke was raped and pushed to his death. His alleged attacker is now in custody. DCI Tom Reynolds is receiving the biggest promotion of his career when a colleague asks him to look at the Connolly case, believing it's not as cut and dried as local investigators have made out. And as Tom begins to examine the world Connolly and his upper class friends inhabited, the privilege and protection afforded to them, he too realises something. In this place, people cover up for each other. Even when it comes to murder.



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Engrossing Sunday Times A stunning read, and Jo's protagonist has very firmly planted himself as a leading Irish fictional detective Woman's Way Fabulous . . . Clever, pacey, compulsive Sunday Mirror Refreshing and... full of twists The Express Spain's blackly comic touch pulls us through a brilliantly dark tale Daily Mail A brilliantly dark tale Mail on Sunday Takes a sharp look at Ireland's wealth divide and questions just how tolerant of difference Irish society really is Irish Independent Brilliantly crafted . . . each piece of the puzzle is gradually put together and keeps you gripped until the end Prima A clever novel . . . gradually exposing a chilling history of dysfunctional families Sunday Times Enthralling - Spain dissects her characters' secrets with razor-sharp precision JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before A scathing overview of the Celtic Tiger years . . . [a] vivid portrait of a fascinating monster Irish Times This gripping novel is more of a whydunnit than a whodunnit Best A contender for the most arresting opening paragraph of the year . . . This is crime fiction for grown-ups, taking its time to explore the ins and outs of human psychology Sunday Express A clever and unusual premise . . . punchy and energetic . . . a brilliant hook and rapid-fire ride Irish Independent An intriguing Rubik's Cube of a book that kept me turning the pages to get to the truth. So well plotted and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it Liz Nugent, author of Unravelling Oliver I can't praise The Confession enough. Brilliant writing, great story . . . a really cracking read BA Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors and Bring Me Back A clever novel . . . gradually exposing a chilling history of dysfunctional families Sunday Times A dizzying tale of lives falling apart that has you addicted from the very first page. I found it impossible to put down, so desperate was I to get to the truth Michelle Frances, author of The Girlfriend Here is my confession: I've never read Jo Spain before but now I'll be buying all of her books. The Confession is brutal and brilliant Fiona Cummins, author of Rattle The Confession is jaw-dropping. Clever. Addictive. Beautifully drawn characters. Masterful storytelling Chris Whitaker, author of Tall Oaks