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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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Laugh out loud moments.

The characters in this story were certainly colourful! The narrator really made the characters come alive and I had a few good laughs in this one. Worth a listen

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  • Thomasina L. Ursich
  • 29-09-2015

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
  • 05-07-2012

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-03-2019

Annie Aldington 👌🏼 (no words needed)

Annie Aldington should be the only narrator to be allowed to read audiobooks. Amazing performance, amazing book.

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  • Laura
  • 30-12-2013

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

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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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  • MRS
  • 10-07-2017

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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  • vicki
  • 20-03-2017

Absolutely fantastic

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-01-2018

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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  • Leora
  • 18-05-2022

A Greate Listen!

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book. The story was well thought out with a nice twist and unexpected ending! I have to admit that at times I found the story a bit slow and the characters were very repetitive in their behaviour, which at times I found irritating and thought certain scenes could have been cut out, I still highly recommend the book!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-03-2022

Best yet ,

A brilliant plot and full of twists right up until the end.
Annie Aldington is my favorite narrator and I even choose books because of her.
Thank you ,

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  • james s.
  • 15-12-2021

disappointing end

Great listen, exited to get to disappointing ending ,just my view ,I like the reader

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  • jacqui m
  • 26-09-2021

loved it

great story right up to the end, narrator as always did a great job

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-06-2021

A brilliant listen

Another first class story, hope there is a follow up.Annie Aldington is a marvel, well done.

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