Jimmy Byrne is one of the biggest faces on the Soho scene. Equally feared and respected, he's clawed his way to the top. Money is his game, and he'll make it by any means necessary....
Saskia Frost's world is blown apart when her dad dies. Without any family, she's on her own now and up to her eyeballs in her father's debts. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men....
Peter and Adele Robinson were dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father and a beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester preparing them only for a life of crime....
Growing up in squalor with their drug-addicted prostitute mother, sisters Georgie and Marnie Parker have had to endure the very darkest side of life....
A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances and a man is murdered at a local reservoir....
With money in her pocket and a new boyfriend at her side, life on the estate has never been better. Until Louise uncovers a deadly secret; now nothing will ever be the same again....
When human remains are discovered at a former children's home, DI Kim Stone fast realizes she's on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades....
When a woman's body is discovered and hours later a young man is found hanging from a tree outside his home, Detective Lottie Parker is called in to lead the investigation....
The final thrilling showdown between the Mitchells and the Butlers. This is Kimberley Chambers at her heart-stopping best....
Free from prison.... but still trapped in a nightmare... Having been locked up for a murder that she didn't commit, Sophia O'Hagan is now determined to take back what's hers....
A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but then - you realise - she wants your life....
When Caroline meets Kamal, the attraction is instant. He's enchanting, charismatic, and she can't wait to set up a new life with him in India....
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.
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.
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What did you like most about The Know?
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.
What other book might you compare The Know to, and why?
Sorry - can't remember names of books once I've read them.
Have you listened to any of Annie Aldington’s other performances? How does this one compare?
No, I haven't but she is perfect for this author's style.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
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.
Any additional comments?
Jane Austen, she aint - but for a good rollicking read without having to work too hard, she suits me.<br/><br/>Mo<br/>Eng Lit Lecturer
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i Could not put my phone down . Martina at her best. Fab listen
One of the best I've read ! Didn't want to put it down , have ignored my family for two days .
Loved it, one of my favourite Martina Cole books. Full of twists and turns. Gripping!
Great read, keeps you hooked and guessing constantly right to the end of the book.. Enjoy.
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
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 .