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A gripping story of revenge - the prequel to Cruel Secrets - from the gangland governor, Kerry Barnes!

Bermondsey, London. With an absent father and a penniless mother, Cyril Reardon is determined to be the man of the house. As young as eight, Cyril is a charmer, a planner, and a risk-taker. A rare trip to the country, shows Cyril a completely different world, and it opens his eyes to how the other half lives. 

A young man wants Cyril shot dead but receives a nasty scar and a few injuries that set him on a path of revenge. Little does he know that all the time he was being raised a lord, Cyril Reardon was being raised a gangster. 

Only one of them is a gentleman. Only one of them plays the cards they were dealt.

©2020 Kerry Barnes (P)2020 W F Howes

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Fantastic

Although I’d read the books the wrong way round, I absolutely loved it didn’t want it to finish, fabulous Kerry Barnes and read by the best narrator in my opinion Annie Adlington.

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Prequel

Oh my days! LOVED this! I read it last after the Kelly Raven books and I’m glad I read it last! Cyril is brilliant! This whole story should be mini series on TV!!!! 💝🌟💝🌟💝

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what a good read 👏

thanks again for a amazing book it kept me gripped and I couldnt put it down.

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brilliant

You need to read the Kelly Raven trilogy first! really important you do so you understand Cyril .
Brilliantly narration , so engrossed.
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Born a Gangster

Well from the get go this book spiked my intrigue. It was plain to see young Cyril Reardon was born to be a cheeky chap who would get away with more than he thought. He was raised by his Mother along with his younger brother Howie. His Mother was tough and although he was not as tall as his best friend Frank he was very useful with his fists and had a lovely confident swagger. He seemed to have no fear and his neighbour Mr Bated was a man that his mother checked on and nursed him to health. Little did they know their neighbour had a lot of connections on the wrong side of the law - this appealed to Cyril as he saw himself as the man of the house because their Dad abandoned them.

Cyril admired him and he was like a sponge and as Cyril grew into a young man he started to form a crew and this is just the start of things - it turns into a revenge story.... who will make it through....

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Brilliant read

Really enjoyed this book heartfelt and down to earth hope there is a follow up book xx

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BRILLIANT

I loved this book.
Kerry Barnes does it again.
Characters were so well written about and read as always so fantastically by Annie.
I’m sad that the book has come to the end as I enjoyed it so much.

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Kerry Barnes at her very best

I am a very big kerry Barnes fan but that didn't stop me returning my last two books of hers. This book brings you back to the start of her Cruel Secrets series and is just a brilliant listen, excellent story line and Annie Aldington's narration is as fantastic as ever.

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good story very well told.

An invite to eastend of london. rather brutal but sort of believable . it all came together and sad in places. the narrator was perfect for the story.

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Fantastic read Annie Aldington brigs this book alive

Wow what a read absolutely loved. Kerry Barnes another fantastic book. Definitely a look on a sons love for a mother ❤️

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Loved it

I thoroughly enjoyed it. She brings life to a prior character. I love listening to Annie Aldington as narrator.