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...
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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
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
"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.
This book has to be one of Martina Coles best. I thought I had read all her books and was delighted to find one I had not read. It is a can't put down book, gripping from the first to last page. It had me laughing at bits and in tears at other bits, so be warned and have a box of tissues close by. The narrator is awesome. There is a good deal of characters in the story and yet each one could never be mistaken for another. This high standard of narration is a double bonus. I would highly recommend this book.
Great story had me hooked and wanting to listen more...narrated really well..one of my favourite Martini Cole books.
loved it. narrator rather posh but wonderful character accents. gritty and riveting. her best work
A really good story that gripped me from beginning to end!!!
A great story that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to!!!
"Well worth a read"
Really enjoyable. Great narration and good definition between characters. The story was fabulous and very down to earth . Fab book
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