This is the stuff of nightmares. Two police officers knock at one's door and say your child has been killed in a car accident.
The story is set in a small English town. A feature of this town is that there is a newly formed immigrant community, not really integrated into the life of the community and also nervous and fearful of the attitude of their English neighbours. The car that killed Betty is driven by a man from this community.
On the surface it seems that though traumatic Laura is coping. That is just an outside show. Laura is not coping at all and she is lost. Her marriage is in ruins - her husband is having a new partner with a baby on the way, the office is very sympathetic and all friends and neighbours are walking on eggshells where the subject of Betty is concerned. Laura appears calm and controlled. She maintains this facade but it starts to crack when the court deems the death an accident.
What happens to justice as seen on the side of the victim. Is one willing to see someone walk away scot free and how will Laura cope with this verdict. The story puts you the reader on the spot. You have to face very nasty, hard questions. What will you do in the circumstances and do you really understand Laura's subsequent actions and behaviour.
This was a tough read. A question that one would shy away from. I doubt anyone would want to willingly face the question head on. Described on Goodreads as a poignant, psychological story - I'd say the description is spot on.