13th out of 22 books — 5 voters
by Kevin Lewis
The Wilson family was torn apart the night little Christopher was almost killed . . . Though the two year-old survives the brutal attack by his drunken father, his older sister Kaitlyn is convinced it's all her fault. Christopher is taken into care and never returns to the family home on the notorious Roxford estate in South London. But the bond between the siblings remain...more
Paperback, 499 pages
Published February 9th 2006 by Penguin
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I'm in two minds about this book. On one hand I really enjoyed the story, I couldn't put it down. I only started it yesterday and I'm done already. But on the other hands I found the characters really hard to like. There were times when I did like Kaitlyn but then I would remember she was a pretty hardcore criminal and loads of people would have been affected by the drugs trade. I thought Christopher was doing so well and I was so disappointed in him in the end. I hated the ending. Despite it's...more
I thought this was a brillantly written novel by Kevin Lewis, particularly because it felt so real. Probably down to the his experiences. Tough to read in parts, it confronts some values the reader has. Although, in my opinion, it did get slightly off track towards the middle, it was still a compelling read, couldn't put it down!
Very emotional, moving and at the same time thrilling and exciting story, hard to ignore or put down. The protagonist is realistic, likeable girl who despite her occupation doesn't lose her heart and affection to her brother.
Born in 1970 in Southeast London, Kevin's childhood years were spent in the city's rough council estates. The violent and depraved conditions that Kevin lived in are documented in his autobiographical books The Kid and The Kid Moves On. Today Kevin combines his creative skill with his knowledge of the inner cities to write novels with gritty realism. Kevin currently lives in Surrey with his wife a...moreMore about Kevin Lewis...