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Summary

Sometimes crime does pay, but at what price?

Some people are made for a life of crime.

Dragged up on a council estate, Jason Rampling was determined to change his lot. Jason's a chancer, shameless with his good looks and his gift for earning a few quid. Life is easy when the money rolls in.

Some people are ruined by it.

Melissa thought she'd struck gold marrying Jason. Being on his arm meant she was finally a someone. But there's no glamour in waiting for your husband to come home or waiting for a knock on the door. Melissa made her bed the day she made her vows - will she lie in it without a fight?

Some would kill for it.

After a stretch inside, Jason wants to pull off just one last job, the biggest of all. It could solve all of their problems. But this is a game that could cost them everything....

©2018 Kimberley Chambers (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"A gritty tale with a shocking twist...will have you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover." ( OK)
"This beautifully crafted, sharp, well-paced novel will keep you hooked until the very end. An outstanding tale of betrayal, violence and love. Buy it. Read it. You'll love it. I did." (Amanda Prowse)
"Brilliantly delivers a story of violence, treachery and family ties...Easy to read and hard to put down." ( News of the World)

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another great book

Was really looking forward to this book and was worth the wait another great book

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A good listen

I liked this book but I felt compared to her others the plot was a little weak, I guessed where the storyline was going. Kimberley chambers is an excellent author and I look forward to her next book, the narration as always was excellent well done to Annie Aldington she makes the characters come alive.

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almost best ever

Would you listen to Life of Crime again? Why?

Oh yes because it is a real pageturner had me fooled all along

What was one of the most memorable moments of Life of Crime?

the twist that reveals all

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

a marvellous reading voice I have listen to some stories because she is reading them

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Just listen to it the culprit will astound you I just can't praise it enough

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Brilliant

Excellent book, great twist in the story , would never of guessed it was Johnny who killed him.
Keep writing these books.

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excellent

great story thought I worked out the end but no completely wrong very true saying Hell hath no fury than a woman scorned certainly truth in that one.

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Getting better and better

The story and the narration were both brilliant. Even better than the trilogy.

Would recommend it to anyone.

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a new experience

never had audiobook before. really enjoyed the whole thing. about to find another one now

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GRIPPING!

I love Kimberley Chambers books. This 1 is outstanding from beginning to end . personally I feel it would make a great film / TV drama. Thanks Kimberley.

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Another brilliant book

I loved the story I love Annie's narration too recommend for all crime loving readers great twist

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good read

good read enjoyed characters and glad milly got her own back at the end jason sounds like a lovable rouge

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  • 06-02-18

Enjoyable , with a twist

Really enjoy listening to Annie Aldington , and the storyline was good listening
Well worth it . I would definitely recommend it

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  • JK907
  • 13-01-18

A Chronicle of an Inevitable Demise

This book is a chronicle of the lives of Jason and Melissa, from the very beginning of their relationship at a young age and all of the family and friends who come and go along the way.

Amid crazy circumstances, necessity and chance rather than love (initially), the pair end up together. The story fast-forwards in several, various time spans from days to years as drama, tragedy and inevitability dictate the direction of Jason and Melissa’s lives until their mid-to-late-30’s.

It’s a decently entertaining story, lengthy, but the fast-forwarding of time moves things along and keeps it interesting. Nothing is sugar coated and harsh realities are blatant and foreseeable. The character development is very strong so you really get to know them all which contributes to keep the audience engaged.

In the beginning, Jason is a 20 year old ladies man, extremely good-looking and has a 4 year old daughter whom he adores and whose mother abandoned both of them. He has several half siblings, a deadbeat mother and comes from a bad area in Britain. On the other hand, Melissa, 21 years old, very homely and plain in appearance, is an only child from a well-off family, and has a 2 year old son from a one night stand.

The central theme of the story is that Jason lives his life constantly trying to get away with stuff. He has many faults but truly believes he has good intentions. He is forever hustling to make a buck as he has the burden of supporting his wife (who isn’t as naive as he thinks), daughter, stepson, 3 half-siblings and grandmother but can never seem to catch a break. Inevitably, Jason and those involved in his life ultimately get the comeuppance they deserve.

I had a hard time with the narrator at first but eventually grew accustomed to her. The story is also extremely heavy in British jargon and slang - not just unfamiliar words that I had to look up, but regular words used in different contexts, but I think it gave it a sense of authenticity.