The best things in life are never free.
Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But loving Jenny Riley was the easy part; it was telling his wife he wanted a divorce that was going to be the killer....
Jenny is not just any girl. She cares nothing for Cain's hard-man reputation - she just wants to be with him. But Cain is not a free man. And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it.
When Cain is sentenced to life in prison it seems that Caroline might have got her wish. All Cain and Jenny know is that if their love can survive such separation, then one day they will have a chance at the good life together again.
But there are greater trials ahead than either can foresee. They're about to learn the hardest lesson of all: live the good life. Pay the price.
©2014 Martina Cole (P)2014 Headline Digital
Not writing it!
Cut the swearing to the bone. Make the character more believable
All of them
I thought this would be a good crime book but it turned out to be an exercise into how many times I would hear the word c..t etc. Characters are extreme - from saintliness to absolute brutality, completely unbelievable
"disappointing at every page"
predictable story line that went on and on.....I wouldn't recommend to anyone. narrator fine - my issue was with the overall story plot.
"Not one of her best"
no depth to the story. the narrative was absolutely awful. She made all the characters sound old. It took away from the already poor story. I'm just glad I didn't pay for it.
"First Time Martina Cole Listener And The Last"
I just didn't care about any of the characters,
I found it a bit repetitive, one of the reviewers mentioned Groundhog Day, I think that was a good description. Not sure what she could do to make it more enjoyable, more depth to the characters, so I cared more about them.
I liked the narrator, I think she did an excellent job.
I really wanted to like this book as I had heard so much about it. However, it took some time to get used to the writing style and although I know it is about gangland crime I found the swearing to be totally excessive. Every second word was peppered with an 'F' this and 'C' that. Having said that, Martina Cole is a highly entertaining author and her books bring you on quite a journey. This is the second book I have read by Martina Cole, because I wanted to give her writing another chance, however it will be the last. Perhaps that's down to my own personal taste as there is a huge market for this sort of writing in the UK. It's just not for me.
Parts of the book began to get on my nerves, such as being told that Caroline was a realist several times, and like the previous book, gangland crime and violence was glamorised, and the police (or 'filth' as they were called) were bad people who were unnecessarily violent (!) I could not bring myself to like any of the characters in this book, there were literally no redeemable qualities for any of them, Which made it hard to complete the rest of the story as I didn't care what happened to them.
I listened to this book on my headphones and I'm sorry to say that the narrator's performance was not an enjoyable experience. While I understand that she had to speak in an accent suited to the characters portrayed in the book, where were times when Caroline was arguing, that her voice almost pierced my eardrums. And that was prevalent throughout the story. If you like Jeremy Kyle and Eastenders with lots of swearing then you would probably enjoy this performance. But again perhaps it is unfair to blame the narrator when she is only speaking in tones suited to the style of writing. I would listen to her again narrating another book perhaps more suited to my tastes. Are
Yes. Never to buy another Martina Cole book.
I'm not the sort of person that leaves negative reviews, so I found this difficult to write. I'm certainly no prude either. I usually enjoy Stephen King thrillers, crime books and horror so it has to be pretty excessive for me to write a negative review. This book is sorely a matter of taste and I know there is a huge following for it. I'm just not one of them.
"Way too much swearing."
I bought this book as part of a 2 4 1 offer. My first experience of the author. The story was basic London gangster stuff. Okay but rather predictable. It could have been an engaging listen but the amount of swearing killed it for me. Prolific use of the "C" word. It didn't add anything at all and made me cringe. We know that gangsters are rough and tough - this was a lazy way of portraying that.
This author's not for me.
"Lacking in Plot"
Those who are impressed by one dimensional tales of gangland London
I found the characters under-developed. After I had been told for the 40th time that the central character was perfect I got rather bored.
Yes. Think she did a good job of a dull story
Sometimes it's quite nice to listen to some mindless escapism.
I know that Martina Cole is a popular writer, but I think that the sheer volume of her work has come at the expense of quality
"An easy listen"
The narration was brilliant, but the story a bit 'old hat' as easy listen while ironing I would say!
"Not worth the time"
The characters were annoingly stereotypical and shallow. I felt that the book glorified the gangster life, even though it tried to show the downside to it, too. The earlier books from this author have had the same tendency, but now it had become the dominant feature of the book.
I've read a lot of Martina Cole books so pre-ordered this - I wish I hadn't bothered.
I haven't read another Martina Cole book since, but doesn't mean I won't in the future.
No not off this genre but it has put me off Martina Cole...... For now.
Yes, I like Annie Aldington for the crime thrillers. Her accents aren't always the best (as a Scouser I cringe when she does Scouse & wish she wouldn't) but that doesn't put me off her altogether.
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