Mandasue Heller's thrilling novel is set on the gritty streets of Manchester.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1 Jan 2015)
When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins.
No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay . . .
Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother . . .
About the Author
Mandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, seventies soul cover bands and blues jam bands.
Oh wowzers... not sure if it is a real word but its kind of, the toned down version of what I actually said when I opened my parcel and found this book inside.. Oh god was I excited.
So a big THANK YOU to Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton for sending me a review copy.
This book, is based around 14 yr old skye. who's life has just turned upside down, Not that it was a perfect family life to start with, but after yet another argument between Mum and Dad, dad is stabbed, Mum is taken away and whilst Dad is in hospital Skye ends up being placed into the care of Social Services. This is where Skyes life completly changes.
To get away from life in the care home, and what Skye belives is a living hell, Skye turns to her online friend Jade who offers her somewhere to stay, after chatting with Jade online Skye know's they have a similar life, and can relate to what each other is going through. Jade is also from an unhappy family filled with arguments and fights, Skye really feels like she has found a friend in Jade. Unfortunatly for Skye, Jade is not at all what Skye expected.. And this is really where Skye's hell begins. This all pretty much happens in the first few chapters, so I dont feel i'm giving to much away, However I don't want to go into any more detail as to what happens etc for fear of spoiling the story for anyone.
The book really kicks off on a high, and continues all the way through, keeping you wanting more.
Bullying, peodophile, on line grooming. this book covers a whole range of pretty much what is in the news nowadays. It's sad when you think you just are not suprised at some of the things that happen when children are put into care.
My all time fav Mandasue Heller book has always been THE FRONT. and while this is just as good, The Front still remains my fav....
Keep going Mandasue, I'm awaiting your next book now,..
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