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Blood Feud

Narrated by: Reanne Farley
Series: Kerry Casey, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Summary

They came for her family. Now she's coming for them. This nail-biting thriller introduces Glasgow's newest gangland mistress, Kerry Casey.

Kerry Casey thought she'd made a life away from the dirty dealings of her gangster family. Her father wanted to make them legit - her brother Mickey had other ideas, and now it's got him killed. When Mickey's funeral turns into a bloodbath at the hands of a group of anonymous shooters and Kerry's mother is killed in the crossfire, Kerry finds herself at the head of the Casey family, and desperate for revenge.

Running a crime empire is not a job she ever asked for, and not one she wants, but Kerry is determined to fulfil her father's wishes and make the Caseys go straight. First, though, she will find the men who murdered her mother, and she will take them down, no matter what it costs.

©2018 Anna Smith (P)2018 Quercus Editions Limited

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"Martina Cole fans will love this fact-paced thriller that smacks you right between the eyes." (Sunday Mirror)

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Fantastic

Really enjoyed this book, the first in a series. Can't wait for the follow on. Loved all the characters, good and bad. The descriptions really brought them to life, helped by the narrator, Reanne Farley. If you like Martina Cole, you will love Anna Smith.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Reasonable

To much swearing in it for my liking, didn't think it was necessary to this book

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First Anna Smith book that I cannot read

"This is the first Anna Smith I cannot even finish"
I am so very disappointed with this book. I absolutely love the Rosie Gilmour books, OK there is SOME swearing in those but somehow more in context. With this book I am horrified in many ways:
1. The language is enough to make me 'swallow hard' in shock, the C word is very active, also the F word. I am not a prude but this is over the top.
2. I get the impression that the reader is expected to feel a sympathy and fondness for the Gangster Kerry who has taken over the Empire after the demise of her father and brother. She says 'My father was a gangster, but I am not ashamed!!! Well I think she jolly well SHOULD be.
3. There is evidence of a 'God fearing' upbringing, with the priest being a close family friend, and constant attendance at Mass, and reminiscences of First Holy communion etc. I hate hypocrisy.
4. Kerry sends out the hit men without a second thought in revenge for the killing of her mother at the father's funeral. We should remember that before she returned to take over the business she was a successful Solicitor!!
I am hating this book so much, I notice that the other 3 reviews so far have been 5* reviews. I have waited for an Anna Smith novel for some time since the last Rosie Gilmour, but THIS IS totally unacceptable.
The narrator speaks in a slow and deliberate way as if the listener is lacking basic understanding of the English language. I am feeling very cross at this book, more than I have ever felt about any book I have listened to, disappointed? yes, but cross? - never before.

54 of 69 people found this review helpful

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Not the best listen

Found this book boring very predictable , it didn't have the martins Cole depth to it , sorry Anne smith

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Allan
  • Borders Scotland
  • 31-01-19

Colourful language

This book is dreadful with regards the bad language, it’s not for the faint hearted. I think I’m quite open minded but I found this book a very hard listen and would not recommend it.

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Not for me

l'm so disappointed, the main character was so unlikable, no sympathy for her whatsoever. Having read this author before i had high hopes, maybe the next one, unless it has Kerry as a main character.

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brilliant

such a brilliant story i can't believe it got left the way it was aagh

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr S.
  • United kingdom
  • 15-03-18

Best Book From Anna Smith

I dont normally write a review but this book is excellent and the best Anna Smith has written (I have heard them all) hopefully there is another one in pipe line.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Blood Feud - NOT a Rosie Gilmour Story

I really enjoyed the Rosie Gilmour books, all purchased as audiobooks.
I much prefer good mystery and investigation to gangland stories, I didn't realise this wasn't the next Rosie Gilmour when I purchased it, wouldn't normally buy a gangland book. So that explains the 3 stars overall, just not my genre.
As far as this books goes, specifically, it's pretty standard gang fare, murder, mischief and back stabbing.
Can't help wondering if the story was first conceived during the creation of characters in the last Rosie Gilmour book, as there are some similarities.
The worst part of this audiobook was the narration. It was awful. I resorted to speeding it up to 1.25 x speed. You can still listen and understand the narrator, but most of the long gaps between words and phrases are gone.
Thankfully this made the book go by quicker as well.
Probably a good enough read for anyone who enjoys the genre, but really didn't enjoy the performance.

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Love the audio!

An action packed story that keeps you gripped from page to page. I didn’t find any of it slow or had too much description in it.

The actress doing the voice makes it really enjoyable! I’m kinda gutted it’s not the same narrator for the second book