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Summary

'There isn't going to be an easy way to say this....'

An evil monster exposed?

'...I'm afraid an allegation has been made.'

Or an innocent father condemned?

A scandal will shake a small community to its very foundations.

Sandbeach, South Wales. Two women have come forward to make historical sexual allegations against a pillar of the local community, Matthew Cooper. And child-safeguarding protocol demands that Social Services remove the accused from his home and his family while a formal assessment is carried out.

The Cooper case lands on the desk of inexperienced social worker Kit Goddard. Although intrepid and intuitive, she is ill-prepared for such a high-profile case.

Kit finds herself navigating a local minefield of connections and class, reputations and rumour. Unsure whether her interference is a heroic intervention or a hurtful intrusion, she knows one thing: it will have an impact. The question is whether this impact will be to expose an iniquitous lie or destroy an innocent life.... 

©2020 R. G. Adams (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Brilliant!

Not too many words from me as a reviewer, but this truly is a Superb book, with a Superb Narrator.
Ohh and as I could not stop listening, it cost me a night's sleep! (my only grumble)
Buy with confidence and Enjoy.!

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A Matter of Conduct

This excellent novel is reminiscent of the famous Conduct Unbecoming in its tenseness and in its gripping narrative. Miss Sheen’s command of tempo and cadence enhance the plot page by page. No surprise that the TV rights have already been secured!

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Brilliant!

Bought this book without having seen any reviews on the day it was released.
What an absolute gem of a find... brilliant narration, great storyline and extremely accurate ( I work in this field)
Definitely recommend!

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Pleasant enough but no real intrigue

I found the storyline weak and wasn’t really sure where it was going. A awful lot of details about unnecessary things. The narrator did a good job with a twee story.

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A gripping read!

Allegation is a fascinating and enthralling story of a new young social worker wrestling with her own upbringing in the care system. The story centres around one case but the worker's own family history has a sordid tale unravelling in parallel. An excellent story well told by the writer with incredible accuracy and understanding of Social Services and the system that rolls into place when an allegation is made. My only sadness was that it was over too soon having not wanted to stop until I got to end. There needs to be more stories about these characters, especially Kit the main protagonist, and I eagerly await a sequel. Thoroughly recommended!

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I loved it

This was a really good, realistic , pacey story. I would be interested to read the next book from the same author. Being from South Wales but living abroad, I loved listening to the narrator perform as it reminded me of home. It is worth a listen.

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Realistic insight into social work.

Although this is a fictional representation, the insight into the difficulties faced by children's social workers every day, and the political challenges that go along with the casework difficulties took me right back to my 30-plus years in Children's Services. The best reflection of the true nature of this career that I have read. Excellent narration to go with it. Highly recommended.

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Too wordy. Very Flat

Could have been very good. Its a shame. The story could have been great if concentrated more on other characters rather than every single boring of the main character.

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unbelievable and trite.

Really not very good... childish narration, unsympathetic characters and although the story is ok, its not at all believable.
Thankfully I only spent £3.00 on it, or it would have been returned.

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No twists

Quite disappointed that there were no twists and it was all very predictable. Not sure if the author thought we wouldn’t guess the whole story but I did.

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