Humber Boy B
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 is there a greater evil at play?
Ruth Dugdall writes novels that captive, prick at your conscience and demand that you think hard and look deep at the issues. Ruth Dugdall reminds us that issues are not simple, clear cut, black or white. She allows us to walk in someone else’s shoes for a short while and discover lives where options are often limited and many circumstances conspire and lead to a dire situation or a bad judgement and so it is always with great trepidation, apprehension and anticipation that I start a Ruth Dugdall book. I know that I am going to feel uncomfortable at some point, I know my conscience will be pricked and poked and that I will be reconsidering some past notions or judgements and for that I thank you Ruth, you are our social conscience, you write with sensitivity and intelligence and authenticity that comes from your first hand experiences as a Probation Officer.
I can’t wait to read the next in the Cate Austin series – Nowhere Girl.