I’m not safe – you have to help me…’
Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she’s a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna’s hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet and school teacher Claire Penny can’t help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest.
As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna’s bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.
Just when Claire thinks she has protected Lorna, a chance encounter brings enigmatic stranger Marianne Cairns into their lives. Marianne seems generous and kind but there is something about her story that doesn’t quite add up. Why does she feel so at home, and why is Lorna suddenly so unsettled?
Claire has risked everything to save Lorna. But what can save Claire from the shocking truth?
A shocker of a must-read tale.
Lorna, a little girl , from a ‘rough’ family and despite her young age, she is very clever.
Maybe it’s a will to survive against the odds but maybe it’s something else.
Claire wants to help. her kind nature and soft heart ensures that she is the star of Vicks disturbing and gripping new novel.
Bad Little Girl isn’t an easy read, too often we read of abuse, emotionally and physically against small children and Lorna’s plight for me was very sad to read, but I loved this book.
It has an intensity that builds and is very dark, and the ‘two camps’ of the characters is very well portrayed.The thing that Frances has done well is the opinion of the reader concerning the characters changes throughout the story, and the ending is a triumph. I raced through these pages in one sitting.
The thing that Frances has done well is the opinion of the reader concerning the characters changes throughout the story, and the ending is a triumph. I raced through these pages in one sitting.