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Summary

Dark and gritty, Witness is a heart-pounding thriller set in Manchester by best-selling author Mandasue Heller.

Holly Evans and her over-protective mother, Josie, are living a hand-to-mouth existence, moving constantly from one squalid dump to the next. When they move into an illegally sub-let council flat in Manchester’s rough Lansdowne Estate, Holly finally feels settled for the first time in her life - even if she is forbidden to go out, or even open the front door to callers when her mum’s at work due to fear of eviction. Increasingly cut off from friends at school, she soon feels isolated and alone in the world.

But Holly is about to make a new friend in Suzie - the glamorous woman who lives directly across the road who Holly witnesses being beaten up by her violent boyfriend. When it happens a second time, it’s Holly that Suzie turns to for help. A bond is quickly formed between the pair, but there are things about Suzie that don’t quite add up and Holly begins to suspect that there is more to this woman than meets the eye. Then Holly makes a shocking discovery about her past which turns her entire world upside down, and she no longer knows who she can trust....

©2020 Mandasue Heller (P)2020 Macmillan Publishers International Ltd

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A book which should be for teenagers

I purchased this book because it looked like a gritty crime tale from Manchester gang lands.

How disappointed was I??? The plot, characters and speech were very shallow. I had to listen to the end of it as I could not understand how the simplicity of the whole story managed to get published. I thought I was missing something. But after finishing the book on a low I realised my judgement was correct. A waste of time to purchase

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Disappointing

I was very disappointed with this book. Story was boring and predicable.. Waste of a credit.

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fabulous

really enjoyed this book a must read and a easy to listen too looking forward to the next book

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witness

This was a gripping story as usual. The Narrator was ok but lacked some expression.

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brilliant read

good narrator , good story , loved it would highly recommend , brilliant author 😀

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OUTSTANDING!!!!

Another brilliant book by Mandasue Heller... !! It’s brilliant on audio book & well as paper!
Well worth a read/ listen.

You won’t be disappointed...! Enjoy :-)

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Brilliant

I love the book. it's a great story. I really enjoyed it and couldnt put it down. would definitely recommend it .

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Totally awful book

I have read this authors books before and enjoyed them, this one was awful, kept waiting for story to kick in but it never did, I agree with other reviewers the narrator had a really whiney voice

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The readers voice

The readers voice spoilt this for me massively. She has a whiny voice with a slight north east accent. Think a Manchester accent would have fitted better
Story was ok. Not the best of the authors with I’ve read. But unsure if the readers voice didn’t help.

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Another goody from Heller

Narrator done a good job, an enjoyable listen. Mandasue Heller is a firm favorite of mine and although this book wasn't my favourite, it didn't disappoint!