Danger and violence have always been part of Sue Dalston's East End upbringing. Unloved by her mother, abused by her father, and brutalised throughout her entire marriage, she smashed her husband's skull in a final act of desperation. All that keeps her sane knows that she's done it to protect her four children. At last, they are safe from harm. When she is celled up with murderess Matilda Enderby, their fates become inextricably linked. And no one - least of all Sue - could have predicted the consequences...
©1999 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital
The story is fast moving and very good, but, the narrator is not eastend enough. It becomes slightly BBC2 and less aggressive.
Susan is very believable and gutsy. She is like a mother lion.
Sensitive, soft, fluffy.
A mother's love.
Love Martina Cole
The story grips you from the very beginning! Martina Cole delivers every time and the narrator Jacqueline King is superb! she lends each character a totally different voice and you can almost see them in your minds eye. I know that I will definitely come back to this book over and over again.
This is a great read. It gives a vivid account of a young girl growing up in a harsh environment with little love at home and no real family life. The young girl had to grow up early and then have the same mistakes happen all over again. It comes to a reasonably happy ending through the good actions from the most unlikely people and portrays the changes that take in people over their lives. The book portrays the harsh realities of a young girl growing up in an abusive household in the East End of London and yet she turns out to be a loving person who only wants to provide the best for her family.
How two lives from complete opposite lifestyles meet is fascinating. The book helps to gain an understanding of why some women tolerate abuse for so long. An excellent read into the psyche of abuse and the triumph of justice.
I felt that the discription of this book doesn't really discribe much about the true storyline of this book. But that said , I really enjoyed this book (if enjoy is the right word you can use about a book describing the abominable treatment of women !!!!) , this is Martina Cole when she's on form !!!
A different narrator to the other MC books , but Jacquelie King did a really good job.
I'm so glad audible have obtained more of Martina Coles older books , there have been a lot of them I've missed out on , I look forward to listening to them
"The best story"
loved the story have read all Coles books and that was by far the best
Loved this! Gripping and heart felt. Felt every emotion along with the story. Fantastic characters to love and hate. Highly recommend
"Tears and happy times rolled into one"
It will bring back bad times & good and more importantly the value of family. Brilliant
Yes, a really good listen. Loved it. Great storyline.
There are loads of small moments that were so well written and narrated I totally forgot this is fiction. I don't want to give anything away but this book is full of memorable moments.
Survival, love, hate, blood, rape...... and a hammer!
Every emotion possible has been brought to the surface while listening to this book. I laughed at the silly antics fully grown men thought they could (and sometimes did) get away with, I cried at the law's neglect of an obviously violent and volatile situation, I was angry and frustrated that this could be a real situation somewhere for certain women. Martina well done! Brilliant!
"Riveting and difficult listening"
Martina weaves a story that keeps you hooked.....love this genre and Ms Cole is a master in this style of writing...I couldn't put it down...although it took me a while to get use to this narrator... Being so used to hearing Annie Aldington's dulcet tones.
"Outstanding performance from the narrator"
I bought this book when I first joined Audible as it came up in the daily offers. I hadn't read a Martina Cole novel before and so didn't didn't know what to expect.
I'm not really a fan of this type of story line and felt uncomfortable with some of the subject matter & nearly gave up at one point. However, I persevered with the story, & grew to love most of the the characters in this book.
The only issue within the story was that all seemed to end well for one character, which didn't seem to fit in with the overall story.
The narrator was absolutely fantastic & I will happily keep an eye out for more books read by her.
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