Harpur Murray is devastated when her heroin addict brother Brady commits suicide. But why can't her mother talk about the night her son died? Meanwhile, an internet romance with an old flame makes her question if she ever really loved her husband, Neil. Was he just a safe rebound following a violent relationship?
In Karen Woods' labyrinthine Mancunian thriller, Harpur's family seem to hold the secrets to her son's death but will she ever learn the truth?
Another interesting easy read from Karen Woods. I have bought but not yet read all of Karen's books. Some I've loved more than others, and by far Broken Youth and Black Tears are still my all time favourites.
In this book we see Harpur Murray trying to come to terms with the loss of her borther, she becomes so obsessed with how or why he died that her own life seems to be taking on mind of its own, dragged along with grief can she find the answers she desperately wants.
It's not only destroying her but her marriage to, and spurred on by her best friend things soon become a little to much and she's getting in deeper and deeper with an old flame she has met via social media.
Another interesting read, but it didn't grab me as much as some of Karen's other books have. I'm sure fans of Karen's work will enjoy this, but for me it felt like some of the Grit was missing from it.
All in all an enjoyable read, but it still can't top some of Karen's better work.
While crime boss Harry Jarvis has been languishing in jail, the Collins brothers have been steadily taking over his crime operation. Life has certainly moved on since Harry went inside. Unusual relationships have blossomed. The up and coming Collins family know Harry's time as top dog is all but over; his wife loves another man and his sons are plastic gangsters.
But when he gets out Harry has other ideas and begins a campaign to destroy his rivals by taking the Collins' lucrative cannabis trade by force setting the two families on an inevitable collision course.
Karen Woods returns to the crime ridden streets of North Manchester to produce a gripping, compulsive tale of greed and revenge.
I have read many of Karen's books and enjoyed them. I have to admit my all time favourites were Broken Youth and Black Tears. I just loved loved those two books.
Some of the later books, although are very good reads have a rushed feel to them. Karen writes about what she knows, and this always adds to the authenticity of the book. It helps make them believable because you know somewhere out there this is happening to some family on some estate somewhere.
I also enjoy the fact that the books are based in and around Manchester, and I find knowing the areas the books are set in really helps me visualise things better when reading them.
I did feel in this book that things were repeated a number of times, but once you get past this it really is a good story line.
While Harry has been inside, things have changed on the outside, and he's hoping once he is out he will become the face about town again.
But most of all his family have changed, and family being important to Harry he's going to have a job on his hands getting things back on track.
The book highlights the dangers of drug use, and what it can do to a person and a family. Once you are hooked Is there ever any going back.
I have bought each of Karen's books as they have come out, and I'm suddenly playing catch up, as Karen releases more books by back log has gotten bigger, but I plan to put that right.
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I am a huge Karen Woods fan and was Struggling to decide on a 3 or 4 star rating for this book. I decided on a 3.5 but Amazon wont let me put that.
Unfortunatly although all Karens other books have been great reads, some of which deseved more that just the 5 stars this one just didn't do it for me like all the others.
I know how great Karens books can be and I have bought everyone, the earlier ones in paperback and the last four or so the minute she posts the link to say they are available.
I also went to see the two plays Karen has done based on her books -Broken Youth and Teabags and Tears, and will say if you ever get chance to go and see the plays they are well worth seeing.
Please understand that this review is based on my personal feelings towards this book. at 210 pages its a very easy read and could be read in just a couple of sittings.
Rebecca Rooks is the main character in this book and her life seems to be literally falling apart at the seams.
She's over weight and seems to still hold a grudge over the guy she fell for in high school. Rebecca joins a slimming club with her bessie mate Gemma, where she meets a girl she didn't get on very well with from school and they still seem to clash with each other.
Trying out a fitness club seems to be the thing that gets Rebecca losing her weight, although she's not entirley focused on it, she does seem determined to get through it. Gemma has lost her weight and can she still support her best mate? Or is there a hidden agenda.
Her love life is a little bit like her slimming- a total disaster.
I think anyone who has ever had issues with dieting might simpathise with Rebecca in this book, with her struggles over food, and her weight loss.
Personally to start with I just wanted to wire her jaw up and stick her in a room with nothing but excersise machines for a month. But i think the more you get to know her as a character the more you get to understand her.
And does she succeed in her mission of weight loss, find love and live happily ever after.. you will only find answers if you read the book.
I really enjoyed this book.. in parts i laughted out loud, and other parts i sat and cried. It goes to show, how drugs dont just affect the users, but the lives of everyone around them to. the book is very well written, and thouroghly enjoyable.
You can relate to most of it, its real life and probably happening on every estate in the country, I thoroughly recommend this book,A MUST READ..........
As heroin addict Shaun Cook lies comatose in hospital following a suicide attempt, his family come to terms with his life and their part in his downfall.
At turns funny and heart-breaking, Karen Woods' fourth novel sees her return to familiar territory to craft an indictment of modern society that will make you laugh and cry.
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