A CWA Dagger-winning author presents another chilling psychological thriller
A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge. Despite fleeing the scene, two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison. Upon their release they are granted one privilege only, their anonymity. Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society. But the general public’s anger is steadily growing, and those around her are wondering if the secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep. Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime. She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder—or if there is a greater evil at play.
WOW, I have read a few outstanding books this year and keep thinking that there’s no way another book will blow me away like they have done, but then along comes Ruth Dugdall with Humber Boy B and does just that!
Humber Boy B had me gripped as soon as I started it. I found the story itself heartbreaking and emotional but I couldn’t put it down. Even though Humber Boy B is a fiction story we have all seen stories in the news of child killers that have us reeling in shock and makes us question how on earth they could do what they did, this book to me covers every aspect of all the questions that we have running through our heads.
The story itself swaps between ‘Ben’ (Humber Boy B) past and present, Cate his probation officer and a little further on the Facebook page that has been set up by Noah’s mum. To start with I really wanted to dislike Ben but as the story unfolds you find yourself going through the same emotions that Cate his probation officer is going through and by the end all I wanted to do was hold him and mother him.
Emotionally this book really does take you through the mill but it is a fantastic read and so well written and truly is a must a read!
Humber Boy B is one book I will not forget in a hurry and will be raving about this book to family, friends and anyone else who will listen to me.
Will certainly be looking forward to seeing what else Ruth Dugdall has in store for us.
Many thanks to Legend Press and Netgalley for an Advanced Readers Copy of this book.
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I have awarded this book 5/5 stars.