A Lilly Valentine novel, from the bestselling author of Damaged Goods.
Lilly Valentine, tough talking lawyer and single mother, never makes things easy for herself and her latest case is about to become her biggest challenge yet.
Several years ago, Lilly successfully represented a terrified teenager, Kelsey Brand, accused of the brutal murder of her own mother. Now, ten years later, Kelsey has contacted Lilly again, this time to help her find her missing friend, Gem, last seen working in a strip club in the red light district in Luton.
And when another girl disappears from the same area, the evidence begins to point to a grooming gang targeting young and vulnerable teenage girls. Then Gem's mutilated body is discovered in a desolate country lane and Lilly realises that she must do everything she can to find the still-missing girl before tragedy strikes once more.
But is Lilly a match for the gang of men involved who will do anything, including murder, to get what they want?
A dark and gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat. - Closer
Unexpected and moving . . . A Place of Safety is written with sympathy and humour. - EuroCrime
HELEN BLACK grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull university and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system.
Helen is married to a long-suffering lawyer and is the mother of young twins which take up 90% of her waking hours.