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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

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'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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  • C. J. Lansdown
  • 10-24-13

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.

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  • Mo
  • 12-18-13

GOOD GRITTY DRAMA

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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  • Rian
  • 10-15-17

The Queen of crime

i Could not put my phone down . Martina at her best. Fab listen

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  • FELICITY GAINARD
  • 05-24-17

Loved it

One of the best I've read ! Didn't want to put it down , have ignored my family for two days .

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  • Angela
  • 04-04-17

Brilliant

Loved it, one of my favourite Martina Cole books. Full of twists and turns. Gripping!

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  • Ms. J. Parnell
  • 02-19-17

Gripping

Great read, keeps you hooked and guessing constantly right to the end of the book.. Enjoy.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-29-16

narrator quality poor

was excited to hear this book, but the Narrator's voice was boring. would not recommend.

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  • Alison
  • 10-18-16

The sound

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

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  • Rosemarie
  • 03-28-16

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

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  • anna
  • 06-10-15

hard hitting

Really enjoyed the story although it's sad but it keeps u guessing.
I 💛 Martina Cole stories I'm a huge fan .