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Summary

A beautiful model's death uncovers an ugly conspiracy stretching all the way to Westminster in Rosie Gilmour's darkest case to date. 

When Scots supermodel Bella Mason plunges to her death from the roof of a glitzy Madrid hotel, everyone assumes it was suicide. Except that one person saw exactly what happened to Bella that night, and she definitely didn't jump. But Millie Chambers has no one she can tell - an alcoholic and now sectioned by her bullying politician husband, who would believe her? And that's not all Millie knows. Being close to the heart of Westminster power can lead to discovering some awful secrets....

Back in Glasgow, Rosie's research into Bella's life leads to her brother. Dan is now a homeless heroin addict, but what he reveals about Bella's early life is electrifying: organised sexual abuse in care homes across Glasgow. Bella had tracked him down so that they could tell the world their story. And now she's dead.

As Rosie's drive to expose the truth leads her closer to Millie and the shameful secrets she has kept for so many years, it becomes clear that what she's about to discover could prove fatal: a web of sexual abuse linking powerful figures across the nation, and the rot at the very heart of the British Establishment....

©2016 Anna Smith (P)2016 W.F. Howes

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"Provocative, shocking and utterly harrowing...grips like a vice." (Daily Record)

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Superb

I really love the characters in this series, The story is excellent and I like the fact that the main characters are not nasty or spiteful, they have genuine friendships - which is really more like life, I get fed up with all the backstabbing obnoxious behaviour in some current novels.
This doesn't get in the way of a good story, and a tense drama. I am not thrilled by the bad language - but even that is mainly used by the roughest characters so is tolerable. To have the story told by the journalist looking for a scoop is an interesting angle.

I have enjoyed all of this series and look forward to the next in line.

My only quibble is that some of the accents - (the Irish one particularly), are VERY odd!

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Love this series

Love the story, great narration - can't recommend this series of books enough. Realistic characters and superb story lines with plenty of twists and turns.

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Thank you Anna for another great book, and Sarah Barron is so good at narrating. Please keep writing, and look forward to Rosie

Sarah Barron is a wonderful narrator and I get lost in the storyline. Please keep Rosie alive thank you once again and look forward to the next book

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brilliant

it really was a great story left you hanging but that's anna Smith for you

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A Gripping Read

I like this series very much and this book did not disappoint. The plot was complicated and dangerous but it was enjoyable and it kept me involved throughout. It was very well read and the narration enhanced the book considerably.

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Best so far

Excellent narration by Sarah Barron.
Good storyline with quite a few twists.
Characters were true to life and believable.

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Thoroughly Enjoyed

Another great book by Anna Smith. Kept my interest from the first chapter and so well read by Sarah Barron. Looking forward to the next one!