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Summary

Bloomsbury presents Nightcrawling by Leila Mottley, read by Joniece Abbott-Pratt.

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2022.

When there is no choice, all you have left to do is walk.

Kiara Johnson does not know what it is to live as a normal seventeen-year-old. With her mother in a rehab facility and an older brother who devotes his time and money to a recording studio, she fends for herself—and for nine-year-old Trevor, whose own mother is prone to disappearing for days at a time. As the landlord of their apartment block threatens to raise their rent, Kiara finds herself walking the streets after dark, determined to survive in a world that refuses to protect her.

Then one night Kiara is picked up by two police officers, and the gruesome deal she is offered in exchange for her freedom lands her at the centre of a media storm. If she agrees to testify in a grand jury trial, she could help expose the sickening corruption of a police department. But honesty comes at a price—one that could leave her family vulnerable to their retaliation, and endanger everyone she loves.

Nightcrawling is an unforgettable novel about young people navigating the darkest corners of an adult world, told with a humanity that is at once agonising and utterly mesmerising.

©2022 Leila Mottley (P)2022 Penguin Random House USA Audio

Critic reviews

"A soul-searching portrait of survival and hope." (Oprah Winfrey)

"Unforgettable." (Guardian)

"A magnificent debut." (Ruth Ozeki, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022)

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Many parallels with recent UK events

This story hurt in so many ways. The abuse of power, the desperation, the vulnerability, the challenges of life, how it feels to be left with no choice. Stunning writing by the author.
Reminded me of the recent cases in Oldham, Rochdale and Rotherham.

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A tragic but beautifully written story



The writing is lyrical in places and the story so achingly sad but you get so involved with the characters. A superb listen

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Eye-opening

I enjoyed this book, it gave an in-depth account of what life was like for Kiara. I really loved the beginning but kind of lost momentum halfway through.

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excellent book

I loved this novel. it deals with a subject we don't like to believe is happening and in a sympathetic and believable manner. I couldn't believe the author is so young! she is one to watch. a real talent. the narrator was superb too. beautiful voice. really recommend it and I'm very fussy!