WINNER OF THE BAILEYS´ WOMEN´S PRIZE FOR FICTION 2016
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOT PRIZE 2016
We all do stupid things when we´re kids.
Ryan Cusack´s grown up faster than most - being the oldest of six with a dead mum and an alcoholic dad will do that for you.
And nobody says Ryan´s stupid. Not even behind his back.
It´s the people around him who are the problem. The gangland boss using his dad as a ´cleaner´. The neighbour who says she´s trying to help but maybe wants something more than that. The prostitute searching for the man she never knew she´d miss until he disappeared without trace one night . . .
The only one on Ryan´s side is his girlfriend Karine. If he blows that, he´s all alone.
But the truth is, you don´t know your own strength till you need it.