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Publisher's Summary

The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.

It’s 1983 and Stephanie Crouch’s life is dull. She is desperate to escape the run-down, pokey council house she shares with her overbearing family, but at fourteen years old she has nowhere to go.

When Stephanie meets East End wide-boy Barry, his cockney charm and quick tongue soon have her head over heels in love. Finally Stephanie feels like her dreary life is on the up. But too young to control their fate, Stephanie and Barry are torn apart when he is whisked away to Spain by his family. Lonely and heartbroken Stephanie turns to Barry’s childhood friend Wayne for comfort, and their friendship soon blossoms into romance, leaving Barry fuming and promising revenge....

,P>Ten years later Barry returns to England. Within one month Stephanie's happy world with Wayne is turned upside down. People immediately start to point the finger of accusation at Barry, but is he the one to blame? Or, should Stephanie look elsewhere to find the schemer who has ruined her life?

©2012 Kimberley Chambers (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Easily as good as Martina Cole." ( News of the World)
"[a] faced-paced tale with gritty authenticity." ( The Guardian)

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Entertaining listen

A mystery involving the relationships and betrayals of well developed characters over decades. No cliches. A story with many unpredictable twists and turns.

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  • Jennifer
  • Albuquerque, NM, United States
  • 07-05-12

The Schemer book review

What made the experience of listening to The Schemer the most enjoyable?

The diversity of all the characters and how they were all relatable to real life.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes definetly!! Basically by just wanting to know what happens.

What about Annie Aldington’s performance did you like?

each character was had was made to sound interesting

Who was the most memorable character of The Schemer and why?

Gosh this is a hard one due the fact I liked them all. But if I had to choose it would be Stephs mom because she was always so strong.

Any additional comments?

This book was absolutley amazing and riviting!! Looking forward to The Schemer part 2.

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  • Laura
  • 12-30-13

Cracking good read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would highly recommend this audiobook as the narrator is easy to listen to once you get used to the accent and manages to hold your interest with the pacy story.

What did you like best about this story?

The reveals

Which character – as performed by Annie Aldington – was your favourite?

Stupid question

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but that would not be practical

Any additional comments?

As I was saying I would highly recommend this audiobook as the story never wanes into boring uninteresting territory, there are several twists and turns and you somehow care about one or two of the characters and want to know what has happened to them. To say much more would be to give away the plot in this mystery story. One of my favourites and recommend without hesitation as an excellent listen.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-18

Buffing

storyline great
Annie Audlington....great
But the actual recording kept buffing which kind of ruined it all

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-01-18

What a mixed bag!

I thought I'd picked up a teenagers magazine for the first 15 chapters.. I found it really boring and struggled to get through it. However having said that the rest of the book was really good and I am looking to to the obvious 2nd book. Read a always brilliantly by Annie Aldington.

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  • book reader
  • 05-10-18

very good

I really enjoyed the story and didn't want it to end. quickly becoming a favourite author of mine

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  • Debbie W.
  • 02-01-18

Gripping Story

Brilliant book. I thoroughly enjoyed this. Looking forward to part 2 of this. Please Kimberley 😃😃

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-18

Good storyline

I enjoyed this but could have done without the choice language at times. I realise this is a personal hate of mine however do not believe there was the necessity of the use of the c**t word. I'm pretty sure an alternative could have been found.
Overall an enjoyable listen.

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  • MRS
  • 07-10-17

BRILLIANT

A really good read.
One of the best I've read in 2017.
Kimberly's books never fail to entertain and narrated by Annie, you couldn't ask for better.

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  • Elaine Jones
  • 05-05-17

Fantastic

This is a fantastic listen,lots of twists and turns,just amazing Kimberley chambers . I wa

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  • J. Nelson
  • 03-27-17

I loved this book plenty goung on

loved it plenty goung on .well read fantastic story line .this narrator is exlant .

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  • vicki
  • 03-20-17

Absolutely fantastic

Loved every minute of this book
We'll worth your credit.
Narrator reads perfectly could fine a fault.