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Allegation

Narrated by: Caroline Sheen
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
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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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Great read!

This is a really enjoyable read/listen. It’s a great story, well written with richly drawn characters. As another reviewer said, I would love the characters to be brought back with a different case. The quality of the narration was also excellent. One star is lost only because, on several occasions, she re-read a line with a different emphasis, but the first reading of it was not edited out.

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Excellent book

Really enjoyed this book. Good to see a criminal case from a different perspective. Very well narrated, not overpowering the story, just “telling the story” well but unobtrusively.

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Very good!

This was a slow burn, it was hard to listen to in parts, due to the subject matter. It’s based around a group of social workers, and as in any career, some more diligent than others.

Both the story and narration were very good, although in the beginning I had trouble understanding who was speaking. There was also a problem with the recording whereby sentences were repeated on several occasions. At first I thought it was the characters intentionally repeating themselves but it was too unnatural for that and happened too frequently.

It was sad and emotional and I’m going to listen to something humorous now!

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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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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!