A daughter's death. A teenage girl is found, brutally murdered in her squalid flat. A mother's love. Her mother is devastated. She gave her child up to the care system, only to lose her again, and is convinced that the drug-pusher boyfriend is to blame. Two ordinary women, one extraordinary job. DC Rachel Bailey has dragged herself up from a deprived childhood and joined the Manchester Police. Rachel's boss thinks her new recruit has bags of raw talent but straight-laced DC Janet Scott, her reluctant partner, has doubts. Together Scott and Bailey must hunt a killer, but a life fighting crime can be no life at all...A prequel to the hit TV series Scott and Bailey, and a chillingly authentic story of murder and hunting killers on the mean streets of Manchester.
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The character sparkle with real life. You feel for the characters and want justice.
There was the murder story and the story of the 3 women police officers both keep your interest.
Great story and easy to follow even if your not a fan of Scott & Bailey. Read fantasticly by Julia Barrie it keeps you enthralled from start to finish.
"Three and a half stars!"
I love Cath Staincliffe's novels and I love her writing for radio and TV. I am also a huge Scott and Bailey fan and love the Manchester setting and references. This novel is OK but rather disapponting. It is a prequel to the TV series and fulfils this purpose very well. It gives a good insight into the backgrounds of Janet, Rachel and Jill and the relationships between them. However the actual crime story moves along far too slowly and the concentration on the lives and backgrounds of Scott and Bailey is at the
expense of the plot. I would give this 4 stars for the narration, writing and my love of Manchester and the characters. However it gets 3 stars for the pace and plot !
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