Cythia always wanted better in life so to be left with like Jimmy was always going to be a disappointed, two children later and she doesn’t love them either. Infact, the only person (apart from herself) who she has ever looked was Johnny P her sister’s husband. She will do anything to get what she wants….
This book was great, very gritty as always with Martina Cole but again very well written. This book explored all of the different characters fully and the story was told by a number of different view points. There was a lot of bad language throughout the book and some of the scenes were quite gruesome… but I love gruesome!
There was a lot of death and even mental illness was written about giving this book a different depth to the previous ones. I would love to read something light hearted by the author though as I think it would be a great read.
As with all Martina Cole I can’t not give it a highscore it was brilliant:
Annie is in love with her sister’s soon to be husband Max , that’s why on the night before the wedding. Horrified when he virtually throws her out of bed she decides the break the news to Ruth at the ceremony the next day.
She is then cast onto the street by her alcoholic mother Connie and finds herself moving in with her Aunt Celia finding herself sitting between two gangs. One the Delaneys offer protection to the disorderly house, and Max’s family the Carter’s.
I had just finished reading a Martina Cole book and had no idea what to go onto next. I read on a forum that Jessie Keane was similair and this book was recommended. Some parts of it were a bit hard to read particularly when one character is stabbed in a certian place and another one is killed, but I loved these parts. They were so well described and not over dramatic.
One part of the book annoyed me, and that was the fact that Ruth never seemed to get over the fact Annie had slept with Max, it didn’t spoil the book but it could have been dealt with differently. This is the beginning of a kind of trilogy and I will be reading the next two books very soon.
If you are a fan of Martina Cole or Kimberley Chambers, Jessie Keane is definitely for you:
George isn’t happy in his marriage or his life in general infact the only thing that keeps him happy is his secret magazines in the shed, but soon these aren’t enough for him. He starts to rape and kill young women.
Kate is the detective trying to solve the murders and she finds herself involved with one of the victim’s fathers who is a known (but unproved) villain.
This is the second book I have read by Martina Cole – the first one being The Know – and it was excellent. It was the first tree book that I have read in months and I loved it.
I enjoy books that are written from all different angles and this certainly was. There was a wealth of characters all very well described and links were very well explained.
This is the sort of dark, gritty fiction that I favour and although some scenes were quite hard to swallow , an example being George and his abusive mother it was a great flowing read.
It is obvious to see why Martina Cole is so well loved, thrillers are definitely her area of expertise, I did read recently that she has only written 17 books which, surprised me. This has encouraged me to read more of her books. Great Read: