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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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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.

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Enjoyable but slightly far fetched.

Having read most of Martina coles & being the biggest fan of Kimberly chambers I was excited to listen to my first Kerry Barnes book with Annie Aldington narrating. Annie didn’t disappoint however although enjoyable I found myself raising my eyebrows in disbelief in parts. When the baby spoke & blew up the paddling pool at 8 months, the breed of bear & most shockingly they got a bmw to drive in the snow!
I found the series of coincidences a little unbelievable too but I did enjoy ruthless & will definitely be downloading another Kerry Barnes. I’m interested to see how her writing style develops.

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Loved it

One of my favourite Audible books ever I think. Annie Aldington performed it brilliantly. Already downloaded more by Kerry Barnes just because of how much I liked this one.

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Great story!

Came to Kerry Barnes after reading Kimberley chambers! Must say Kerry’s books have much better storylines!
With Annie aldington narrating the book comes alive! Annie...you are brilliant!!!!

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fab

What a fabulous story. The narrator Annie Aldington is absolutely excellent! Thank you for making the story come alive.

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Brilliant!!!!!

Wow, I can't believe how much excitement could be in one book. The book is fast paced, no stretching out a sentence to make a paragraph. Loads going on all through the book but easy to follow. Also, 5 stars for my favourite narrator. Her range of different accents both male and female is clever and talented. I can't wait to listen to the next in series. Only dissapoinment is that there is no audible version for book 3 in the series. Shame on Audible.