The name the beleaguered inhabitants give to their 'sink' estate.
A no-man's land of single mothers and fatherless children- where angry,
alienated youth controls the streets.
Into this battlefield comes Sophie Morrison, a young doctor visiting a
patient in Acid Row. little does she know that she is entering the home
of a known paedophile...and with reports circulating that a tormented
child called Amy has disappeared, the vigilantes are out in force...
Soon Sophie is trapped at the centre of a terrifying siege, with a man
she has come to despise.
Whipped to a frenzy by unsubstantiated rumour, the mob unleashes its hatred.
Against authority...the law...and 'the pervert'. 'Protecting Amy' becomes
the catch-all defence for the terrible events that follow. And if murder
is part of it, then so be it.
But is Amy really missing?...
the teeming cast and the buildup of danger and suspense authoritatively,
from the opening whispers to the inevitable fatalities. Her
real achievement here, however, is in the oddly sympathetic
paedophile, the angry heroine, her ex-con rescuer, the pitifully
unformed teenage provocateurs, Amy's wilfully irresponsible
mother and her smoothly complicit father, and an underage victim
who turns out to be just as exploitative, though a lot less
powerful, than the plausible scoundrel who preys on her... the
compulsive strands in Walters' largest web yet... all show the
damning effects of helplessly raging long-term victims thrashing
out to hurt anyone in reach.'