"The tides in Brighton range fast and they range far "

Veronica's description of Liams' preparations in killing himself are heart rending. This man, who appeared unable to organise anything for himself, wore a yellow fluorescent jacket with stones in his pockets; both that he might definitely be drowned and definitely be found. He wore no underpants and socks because perhaps they were not clean and he wouldn't want to disgust whoever finally stripped him to be disgusted by dirty underwear. These are the final worries of a boy's mind, thinking of others. For it is  a boy who killed himself - the boy Liam whose boyhood was robbed by Lamb Nugent in the garage or living room of Ada's house.