Book 2 in a trilogy following one family over forty years on an East London estate, BLOOD MOTHER goes back to the 70s to tell the next story in the Flesh and Blood series, perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.
1970s London has stopped swinging, but it's not staying still.
Babs thought she had all the world ahead of her. Then she got pregnant and the father did a runner.
Salvation comes in the form of a man who'll look after her. Or so she thinks.
But Stan Miller is the devil in disguise...and over the next twenty years, Babs will have reason to regret she ever met him. Can she protect her family - or will he get the better of her?
BLOOD MOTHER is the second thrilling book in the Flesh and Blood series, capturing a world very different from today but where some things still hold true: be careful what you wish for, and watch out for who you trust...
DSM well well well... Another blinder of book here, and it so deserves every single one of the 5*s I'm giving it.
Book 2 in the trilogy following one family over 40 years. Having recently read the first book - Blood Sister, I couldn't wait to get stuck into this one.
I was a little unsure on what to expect as in this book we go back in time, 40 years, and I wasn't sure how I would cope with it, But My My My.... I had nothing to fear at all. I loved every bit of this book, and found it interesting finding out a little more about Babs and her up bringing. Her leap into adulthood and how her life completely changed.
Bab's is facing life as a single mother, "Oh the Shame" It was amazing reading the views of people and realising just how much times have changed. Babs has been left high and dry when she finds herself pregnant and the father is now nowhere to be seen.
Babs then meets the man of her dreams, he's going to make everything ok for her. He is everything she has ever wanted. Or is he?
Stanley Miller, Business man extraordinaire, is pretty much just a criminal ar*e hole. But he's certainly turned Babs into a wreak when she's around him.
He seems to be her knight in shining armour.
Life certainly becomes a roller coaster for Babs and life with Stanley Miller is going to change her forever.
Babs really is a fantastic character and I have loved reading about her and what life has thrown at her. She really is on a journey of survival of the fittest. Can she make it? You will only find out by reading the books.
But OH MY GOD that ending has left me needing and wanting the next book NOW.
This book is another fantastic read, and I'm so glad I have read it, I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it, and could not turn the pages quick enough.
I am so ready for the next one Blood Daughter is out 24th August 2017.
It's funny how you seem to wish your life away when waiting for the next book.
Book 1 in a series following one family over forty years on an East London estate, BLOOD SISTER is non-stop drama, perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller.
There are two ways out of Essex Lane Estate, better known as The Devil. You make good, or you turn bad.
Jen Miller is determined not to make the same mistakes her mother did. She's waiting to find herself a good job and a decent man.
Her younger sister Tiff is running errands for a gangster and looking for any opportunity for fun and profit. But she might just be in over her head...
The choices you make and the plans you have don't always turn out like you expect. Especially if you live on The Devil's Estate. When their paths cross with the unstoppable Dee - a woman with her own agenda - Jen and Tiff will learn that lesson the hard way.
At least they can rely on each other.
Firstly a super big thank you to the Author and Publishers for an ARC of this book.
In true Dreda style this book is a first class read.
As with all her other books, this is a first class read. I have never been disappointed when finishing one of Dreda's books.
This is the first book in a new series and it's a series I can see going from strength to strength if this first book is anything to go by.
I loved everything about this book from the cover to every single page in between. It really is a page turner.
In this book we are introduced to 'The Devils Estate' certainly not somewhere you would want to live.
Saying that the residents don't want to live there either and for some all they want to is meet someone and do well in life to allow them to get off the estate.
Bab's and her two girls, Jen and Tiff live on this estate. Tiff is a bit of a sod, and will go out of her way to upset people, where Jen is the total opposite, Jen want's off the estate and is trying to do her best at collage so she can do well and get out of the The Devil..
Tiff end's up running errands for one of the local gangsters, and you just know this will not end well for Tiff. She's in too deep before she realises she needs out.
As Jen and Tiff grow their rolls seem to change. It isn't long before their paths cross with the wonderful character that is Dee, the story takes a turn.
I loved the main characters in this book, and I certainly loved Dee she's just a time bomb waiting to go off. But she's a woman that knows what she wants and will do what it takes to get it.
I'm getting worried about giving to much away, as it certainly is a book well worth reading.
It has everything in it that you expect from a DSM book and more. And I think anyone out there who enjoyed any of Kimberley Chambers, Mandasue Heller, Casey Kelleher. all those sort of authors, then you really must pick this one up and give it a read, you will not be disappointed.
This book has now been added to my 2016 Best Reads.
It seems like forever ago since I read my first DSM book. Geezer Girls, back in 2009. And as I read so many books I'm finding I can go back to books and still enjoy them so I have just bought the 3 books again, to read again and enjoy all over again.
Geezer Girls: Gangland Girls Book 1
Gangster Girl: Gangland Girls Book 2
Hit Girls: Gangland Girls Book 3
Some more books by this author that you may enjoy are.
Title - Death Trap
Author - Dreda Say Mitchell
Format - Paperback
Source - Review copy from publisher/author
Teenager Nikki Bell is the only witness to the brutal murder of two members of her family and their cleaner. She's lucky to be alive. But the murder isn't a one-off. It's part of a bigger, more violent attack planned on affluent families in the area - and now Nikki, as the only living witness, is a dangerous threat to the well-orchestrated scheme.
As the net draws tighter around the killers, DI Rio Wray must do whatever it takes to keep Nikki alive. But when you're dealing with criminals, there's no line they won't cross... In a kill-or-be-killed-world, who will be first to pull the trigger?
Well what can I say... I was Buzz in when I received a copy of this book through the post.
And couldn't wait to start it. Not far into the book I realized how much i was going to enjoy it and I ordered the Kindle copy for my Mum to read.
Di Rio Wray is back. I really do like her, I like her attitude towards people, and she doesn't seem to care if people know that she doesn't like them. Sometimes though things take a different turn, and you might find that someone you don't like turns out to be someone not so bad after all. Sometimes you just need to understand the truth.
I love the writing style of Dreda, she has a knack of getting you really involved in her books. At some stage I really am going to have to go back and re read Hit Girls, Geezer girls and Gangster Girls.
I actually thought I had read all her books, but while writing this review have just seen that I never read Killer Tune. But I am about to put that right as I have just purchased it for my kindle at a super price of £1.49 (price at time of this review)
Anyway i'm going off somewhere again aint i... back to what I come here for. to tell you a bit about Death trap.
This book kicks off brutally. Right away with Murder. Nikki Bell witnesses Murder. She is the only person that apparently has ever survived this gang that seems to be targeting wealthy families.
It's left to Rio to decide how to crack this, who she can trust, who she needs helping her and most of all keeping her witness safe.
Callum Burns is also back, and this time we get to find out a whole lot more of his past and his connection with Rio. I really liked these two character. Rio and Callum, there is just something about them both that made me want to know more and more about them.
Rio is taken on a Journey and a half with this case. I enjoyed the way this book went, and believe we could be seeing a lot more from Rio in the near future, I certainly hope so anyway.
Well worth the wait.
OMG How excited was I to receive an early copy of this book. I couldn't wait to get stuck in. It seemed like foreverago since I read Dreada Say Mitchell books.
Although this book is different from her other books, right from the first page I loved this book. It didn't take me long to get sucked right into the story.
We start off this book with a Murder. What do you do if you wake up in a sleezy hotel room, and the woman you went there with is now dead in the bathroom, brutally murdered, you have a gun shot wound to your head, and you have no bloody idea what the hell happened.
Well you go searching for answers, answers that might just get you into trouble, or at best just killed. No big deal, as long as you get the truth.
Well that is exactly what happened to Mac. I really liked him, although he was at times hard to figure out, and a little crazy. Well more than a little, he was kind of crazier than a big bag of crazy things. But likable. I found myself many times talking to the characters in the book, now i'm not sure if that is a good or bad thing. lol. But to me it means that the author has managed to get you sucked in and involved in what is going on. I sooo needed to know Who-What-Why.? all the way through I suspected everyone of not being what they say they are, I become very suspicious of everyone, and didn't know who could and couldn't be trusted.
An amazing book, well worth reading. This book is certainly going to be in my top 10 read of 2014. Just Brilliant.
I wanted to sit and read this in one sitting, but I found I was actually really good (bloody hard to do) but I took my time and just read a few chapters at a time.
I really liked the short chapters in this book, as it's easy to *read just one more chapter*.
'Breathless from the first word, thrilling to the last.' Lee Child
'Wonderful vivid writing and a truly original voice.' Peter James
Two murders. Two different crime scenes. One killer?
Mac wakes in an smashed-up hotel room with no recollection of what has happened. With his lover's corpse in the bathroom and the evidence suggesting that he killed her, Mac is on a mission to uncover the truth and find the real killer.
But he's in a race against time with less than a day to unravel the mystery. Still reeling from a personal tragedy Mac isn't afraid of pain. Hot on his heels is tenacious Detective Inspector Rio Wray. Double-crossed and in the line of fire, Mac has to swim through a sea of lies to get to the truth.
But only Mac knows he's been living a double life. Can he be sure he doesn't have the blood of a dead woman on his hands?
If you have not read any of her other books, I suggest you take a look at them, you won't be disappointed.
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