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You Against Me

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You Against Me

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge.
If your brother's accused of a terrible crime but says he didn't do it, you defend him.


When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the offense, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all, it's a book about love.

From the Hardcover edition.

If someone hurts your sister and you're any kind of man, you seek revenge.
If your brother's accused of a terrible crime but says he didn't do it, you defend him.


When Mikey's sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart. When Ellie's brother is charged with the offense, her world begins to unravel. When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It's a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all, it's a book about love.

From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Chapter One


    Mikey couldn't believe his life. Here was the milk on the counter in front of him. Here was Ajay, hand out expectantly. And here was Mikey, scrabbling for coins among the old receipts and bits of tissue in his jacket pocket. A woman in the queue behind him shuffled her feet. Behind her, a bloke coughed impatiently.

    Anger stirred Mikey's gut. 'Sorry,' he mumbled. 'I'll have to leave it.'

    Ajay shook his head. 'Take the milk and pay me tomorrow, it's all right. And here, take some chocolate for your sisters.'

    'No. You're OK.'

    'Don't be daft, take it.' Ajay put a couple of Kit Kats in the carrier bag with the milk. 'And have a good day, yeah?'

    Mikey doubted it. He hadn't had one of those for weeks. Still, he managed a quick nod of thanks, grabbed the bag and legged it.

    Outside, the rain was still going, a fine mist falling into light from the fluorescent strip above the door. He breathed in deep, trying to smell the sea, but the air smelled of fridges -- something to do with the fans blowing warm from the shop behind him. He yanked up his hood and crossed the road back to the estate.

    When he got back to the flat, Holly was sitting on the carpet in front of the TV, eating Cookie Crisps from the packet. Karyn had stopped crying and was kneeling behind her, quietly brushing her sister's hair.

    Mikey looked her up and down. 'You feeling better?'

    'A bit.'

    'So, you want to tell me what happened?'

    Karyn shrugged. 'I tried to go out. I got as far as the front door.'

    'Well, that's something.'

    She rolled her eyes. 'Crack open the champagne.'

    'It's a start.'

    'No, Mikey, it's the end. Holly needed milk for cereal and I couldn't even manage that.'
    'Well, I've got some now, so you want a cup of tea?'

    He went to the kitchen and filled the kettle. He opened the curtains, then the window. The rain was slowing down and it smelled fresh out there now. He could hear a child crying. A woman shouting. A door slammed three times. Bang. Bang. Bang.

    Holly came in and dumped the cereal box on the counter. Mikey waggled the collar of her pyjama top. 'Why aren't you dressed for school?'

    'Because I'm not going.'

    'Yeah, you are.'

    She collapsed backwards against the fridge, her head flung up towards the ceiling. 'I can't go to school, it's the bail hearing!'

    He frowned at her. How the hell did she know about that? 'Listen, Holly, if you promise to go and get dressed, I'll give you a Kit Kat.'

    'Is it two or four sticks?'

    'Four.'

    He rummaged in the carrier bag, pulled out one of the bars and dangled it at her. 'And can you wake Mum up?'

    Holly looked up, surprised. 'Really?'

    'Yeah.' If this wasn't an emergency, he didn't know what was.

    Holly shook her head as if the idea was crazy, grabbed the Kit Kat and ran away up the stairs.

    Mum thought the police would help Karyn, that was the trouble. After taking Karyn to the station and reporting what had happened, Mum had stepped back, probably telling herself she'd done her bit. But the police were crap. They'd asked Karyn loads of personal questions, even though she was upset. Then the cop who brought her home frowned at the mess, like she was judging the whole family. Mum thought that was normal, but Mikey had bitten his tongue in frustration, tasted blood in his mouth, the rust and the thickness of it.

    Later, when the cop went, Mikey got the address out of Karyn and told Jacko to bring the car. Jacko brought the lads with him too, but when they got to the bastard's house they were...

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  • JENNY DOWNHAM was an actress for many years before concentrating on her writing full-time. She lives in London with her two sons.

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