Abandoned and alone, you'll do anything to survive...A gritty saga from the bestselling author Kitty Neale.
Abandoned on the cold stone steps of an orphanage, only a few hours old and clutching the object which was to give her name, Pearl Button had a hard start to life.
Now 16 years old, she's finally managed to escape the cruel confines of the orphanage, and enter the real world.
Finding work at a nearby cafe, Pearl is thrilled to start earning her own money, even if she must contend with sharp-tongued Dolly Dolby.
But soon she becomes tangled up in the murky South London underworld in which Dolly's son - the cruel but handsome Kevin - operates.
By chance, she sees something she shouldn't, something dangerous, and her life is thrown into jeopardy.
Can gentle giant Derek Lewis protect vulnerable Pearl from Kevin - and her own heart?
Meanwhile, a local boy is snatched, terrifying this close-knit community, and at the orphanage where Pearl lived out her wretched childhood, the past is coming back to haunt its owner - and the secret she has promised to guard for so many years...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/10/2011
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781847563484