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Summary

1964 - London. Dolly Vincent is born to an East End gangster but is sent away for her own protection. 

Mad Mick is hell-bent on his revenge and will stop at nothing to kill her. Estranged from her family, she becomes a successful barrister, but after defending a young Italian man she finds herself caught up in a secret held by a high court judge. 

Tortured and left for dead, she flees London and heads to New York. Only the Vincents know where she is...but even they don't know the truth. 

Now it’s 1990, and Francesca is back to face her demons...but this time she is not alone. One woman, three names.

©2016 Kerry Barnes (P)2018 W. F. Howes Ltd

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A brilliant listen. 4.5*

I'd seen a few reviews on this book, and quite a lot of hype about on social media and kept thinking, I really need to read these books.
I received a credit for audible and decided to get this book on audio. What a brilliant read/listen it turned out to be. the narration is first class, the voice change, the accents all just perfectly done. This mad it a really easy book to listen to and get lost in. I got through my housework without feeling that dreaded feeling about what is facing you. This book took my mind off everything I was doing, and my kindle went everywhere with me so I could listen, I flew through the ironing, I went on walks and all the while enjoyed having someone reading to me down my ear.

So what did I actually think of the book. Well it's first class, I just loved it. A brilliant story, fantastic characters and the start of a series I know I will certainly get through in no time.
This is the second book I've read by Kerry Barnes the first one I read was 'Cruel Secrets' and I was seriously impressed with the writing. This book is just as impressive, and it doesn't take long before you are lost in the pages, loving and hating characters, Kerry Barnes has done a cracking job of engaging you with these characters.
We follow the life mainly of Francesca, from her growing up as a child, a twin, to her becoming the woman that she does, a very ruthless woman.
Francesca is a brilliant character and one I know I'm going to enjoy reading about in future books. Believable and likeable I found myself rooting for her in all she did.
I can see a difference in the writing in this book from the later book I have read, so I know the writing just get's better and I'm looking forward to seeing that in the next books in this series.
If East end gangland books are your thing then you'll bloody love this book. Kerry Barnes is certainly going to up there with some of the best writers in this genre, and I look forward to seeing her success. I can't wait for more books.

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loved it

i loved it from start to finish and would recommend this very good read gripping

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Very very good.

This storey was amazing. A great tale.
I was thoroughly engrossed in the story.
Fantastic. Don’t worry about the slow start though, it’s well worth the wait

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Excellent

Great story, loved it. Narration was fantastic, excellent choice. Will look for books narrated by her again.
Excellent, thank you.

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Terrible don't buy

I definitely couldn't finish this book, in fact I struggled through the opening few chapters. I was totally amazed that this book had actually been published. So absolutely amateurish it was beyond belief. I wasn't sure wether the narrator was as amateurish as the author or as bored with reading it as I was in listening? Can't believe there are more books in this alleged series.

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Absolutely loved this one

This was such a good book It was a great performance I know it was probably a bit far fetched but it didn’t really matter it had everything one wants in an extremely well crafted story.
I would definitely recommend it to people that like a good old British
Crime story there Same kind of ilk as Laplante, a bit of Cockney Skullduggery with The Good old Mafia But are they the worse ? or is there an even more Ruthless bunch, with a Woman Scorned and out to
Settle it once and for all,with the help of the people she holds dear.
I’ve read a lot of these types of books in my Time Kerry Barnes sure Knows how to keep you from dropping off to her Stories not Suitable for Bed time it kept me awake because I enjoyed it very much. Highly recommended!

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Recommend ++

Could not stop listening. Loved this audiobook gripped wondering what was going to happen next.

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Brilliant story!

A brilliant Story full of twists and turns blood, betrayal and revenge. I I am not ashamed to say I listened to this all in one go as I just had to hear the ending.

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Ruthless - excellent

Brilliant ever changing story , similar background to Martina Cole but much better and not such repetitive bad language - can’t wait to start the next one

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Brilliant

Brilliant from start to finish a must listen.
Couldn’t put down. Great narrator already listening to book 2.