Being in the know can be deadly. Joanie Brewer's children mean the world to her. She'd do anything to make sure they're fed and clothed - even if it means going on the game - and she lives in constant fear that one of them will be taken from her. Eighteen-year-old Jon Jon is knee-deep in crime, and Jeanette, only fourteen, knows more than is good for her. But it's Kira who really scares her, for in a world where no one is to be trusted, her eleven-year-old angel is the most vulnerable to danger. Then Kira disappears and Joanie's darkest fears are realised. She thinks she knows what's happened to her little girl, and her obsession to uncover the truth threatens to destroy them all.
©2003 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital
'Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling.' (Daily Mirror)
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"Brutal and Believable"
This book deals with the people who struggle to survive in, and the people who run, the sex industry. To paraphrase the Beatles, it's a dirty novel of a dirty business. A business that turns the children who survive their initiation into this depraved world into the abusers of the future.
If it has a fault (other than the hard to swallow violence) it is promoting the ideal of 'good' criminals over 'bad' ones.
Martina Cole writes with conviction about the complexities of life as a prostitute in a world of sadism, crime and casual violence. She manages to make her characters three dimensional, showing the humanity in brutalised people as well as the inhumanity.
A book for people with a strong stomach. It is bleak, depressing and powerful. You cannot help being moved by the compassion and resilience of its main character, Joanie, or by the conflicting elements good and evil in its many players.
The reader is excellent and brings shocking life to this Booker listed epic.
"narrator quality poor"
was excited to hear this book, but the Narrator's voice was boring. would not recommend.
The book has a good story line but I am very disappointed in the sound as it goes up and down all the way through the book which is very distracting
"can always depend on Matins Cole for a good read."
good in both the storyline and narrative.
makes the ironing less boring too with audio books
Really enjoyed the story although it's sad but it keeps u guessing.
I 💛 Martina Cole stories I'm a huge fan .
"OK but nothing to write home about"
Not really time well spent. I'd rather be listening to another book.
I couldn't be bothered to get there so couldn't say.
Not that good in my opinion. I'm not sure I really believed the narrator which is not great if you're playing gritty, hard hitting characters.
"great story line very real"
i thimk either would be just as good
it was all good really , very real and very much true in all aspects of life now
all of it
"GOOD GRITTY DRAMA"
Its pace. Kept me reading and making me annoyed when I had to stop to get dinner for the family. Good Essex girl is Martina - enjoy most of her books.
Sorry - can't remember names of books once I've read them.
No, I haven't but she is perfect for this author's style.
Martina involved us in the central family's world and made us sympathize despite some of its members not being very good people. As a mother, I couldn't stop a tear or two flowing when the mother lost her child. Every woman's greatest fear.
Jane Austen, she aint - but for a good rollicking read without having to work too hard, she suits me.
Eng Lit Lecturer
I had not read any Martina Cole books previous to this was tempted to purchase due to an offer on Audible.My expectations were not that high but I was wrong, An excellent listen with a story and characters that are entertaining, engrossing, vile, the whole spectrum.At times very bleak and dark but never less than enjoyable. I will be listening to more Martina Cole books
I found this novel an interesting take on the criminal underworld and its interaction with the police and everyday life of those living on the fringe of society. It is based on the life of a working girl and how this impacts on her family and friends. This is reflected in the language and some might find this a little uncomfortable as it is peppered throughout with choice words.
It delves into prostitution, their pimps and some might find the explicit child abuse difficult to deal with and cringe worthy, especially the way some of the minor characters see, speak and use their children. It does however show how some children follow in their parents’ footsteps.
Nevertheless, I did enjoy the novel and its juxtaposition of different styles of mothering from the same social settings. It follows the route of honour among thieves and how they look after their own which at times seem a little cliché but at others have you thinking ‘good on you’. All in all the story is a bit like Christmas cake, not to everyone’s taste and sometimes comes with cheese and at other times soaked in brandy.
I loved the way Annie Aldington adds character to each personality through her narration of the book. I would definitely listen to another of her performances.
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