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Gabby looked at the woman she had hated nearly all her life. Then she sat down on the ladder-backed chair, put her face into her bloodied hands and cried. To the outside world, Cynthia Tailor is a woman to envy; she has a devoted husband, a lovely home and two gorgeous children. But Cynthia is deeply unhappy with her lot; she has always craved the best things in life, and is determined to see that she gets them. Cynthia will let nothing stand in her way, even if it means devastation and tragedy for those nearest to her. And the casualties are many: her husband Jimmy, weak and unable to fight the wife he can never please; her sister Celeste, from whom Cynthia steals her most precious possession; and her parents, Mary and Jack, who pick up the pieces. But the victims who suffer the most are Cynthia’s children. For James Junior and Gabby, the pain she causes will stay with them for ever…

©2011 Martina Cole (P)2011 Headline Digital

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Awesome

There is nothing like Martina Cole she is fantastic, say what you like, no author comes close. It's all the emotions in one book.

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Unpleasant read. Not 1 likable character.

not the gangster tales I look for from Cole. Also Lisa Coleman reads like storytime. not convincing. much prefer Annie Aldington but even she couldn't have made this book enjoyable. other than dying, nothing ever happens to the loathsome central character

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  • Isobel
  • 02-19-12

awful

I normally like Martina Cole and have read most of her books but I found this one awful, the storyline was too mixed up and did not 'flow' you were constantly reminding yourself who Celeste was and who she was married to Jamie or Jimmy. The narrator on this book was very irritating with the most appalling cockney accent, which is a shame as I doubt I would go for another Martina book as I was so disappointed in this one

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  • Julie
  • 05-02-12

What an appalling book

This is the second book that I have read from the author Martina Cole. I felt that I needed to "give her a chance" as Ms. Cole would no doubt have said in her books. If you are fourteen years old (and I don't mean to be rude to fourteen year olds} then I am sure that you will find this book very entertaining as it would have a lot of swearing and teenage fiction. I felt that Ms. Cole writes a book using the same phrases and situations time and time again. Does she have a catalogue of sentences which she uses to puff out a book and collect the royalties. The book is a complete waste of time and it would be a lot cheaper to buy a copy of a weekly "women's magazine". There is no substance to the book especially a book for intelligent adults. A complete waste of money and time.

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  • Nikki
  • 06-29-17

So bad with over 160 chapters????

The story is very poor and the performance is really irritating.
The same phrases and words were used a number of times but what I found most annoying was the chapter split. By the end we were past chapter 160! Some chapters only consisted of a few sentences.
I'd never listen to another book by this reader and it's also put me off another Martina Cole book, I've gone back to Kimberly Chambers.

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  • Jenn
  • 01-24-17

it's no Annie Aldington but.....

she's the next thing to her reading the story. makes a change to not hear about incest too. really liked it and would recommend this book.

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  • Kathryn
  • 12-10-15

Another fantastic read / listen

Never disappointed in this ladies books!!! Fantastic storyline, brilliant ending. Recommend to anyone who loves books.

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  • Dekka52
  • 06-12-15

Worst martina Cole novel

Have enjoyed many of her books but this one is very poor, ending known, character development minimal, no surprises - a total waste of money!

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  • Susan
  • 05-20-12

Brilliant

This is the second Martina Cole book I have read, she knows the language of the streets of London, without sounding false,
The story had me gripped from start to finish, The sad life of the people involved with a self obsessed woman, the gangster types she mixes with, and the repercussions they have on her family, a bit gruesome in parts but just what you would expect from that life style,
I thought it was great and look forward to reading her next one