An uncompromising and haunting story of betrayal and violence from the best-selling author Martina Cole. Freddie Jackson thinks he owns the underworld when he gets out of prison. He's done his time, made the right connections, and now he's ready to use them. His wife Jackie just wants her husband home, but she's forgotten the rows, the violence, and the girls Freddie can't leave alone. Bitter, resentful, and increasingly unstable, Jackie watches her life crumble while her little sister Maggie's star rises.
In love with Freddie's cousin Jimmy, Maggie is determined not to end up like her sister. Families should stick together, but behind closed doors, jealousy and betrayal can fester until everyone's life is infected. And for the Jacksons, loyalty cannot win out. Because in their world you can trust no one. In their world everyone is on the take.
©2005 Martina Cole (P)2012 Headline Digital
This is not a book for me. The book contains a LOT of obscenities and at first I almost didn't listen to it at all, but I decided to give it a try. It is set in the east end of London and so the language and tone is necessary to the story. There is a lot of violence, child neglect, alcohol and drug abuse in the story but the way it is written kept me interested. I got about 3/4 through the book and then I just couldn't go any further, the violence was too much for me and I decided I could live without knowing how it ended.
No, it is not something I would encourage my friends to read.
Where Maggie finally stands up to Freddie in front of Jimmy and he realises he no longer has power over her, more importantly, she realises it too!
Anger, sadness and disgust.
The book is so well written, I have not listened to this author before and whilst I found the story just too much for me I cannot admire her writing enough. The detail and complexity of the story is fantastic and her understanding of the London crime world is apparent. In fact, it is because the detail of writing is so good that I had to stop listening to the book. The description of one particular scene was so detailed that I was in tears and felt physically sick. I have dealt with children who have been abused and neglected by alcoholic mothers so the behaviour of Jackie to me was disgraceful and outrageous. I think the reason I couldn't continue with the book is because it is so true to life that it left me feeling angry and outraged and that is an emotion I can do without on a daily basis.
A gripping, but dark tale about a family detached from reality, with so many scars left unnoticed. Well written. Worth a listen!
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