The more recent books have been more or less the same story with predictable outcomes. Martina Cole is a phenomenon. Her books make perfect reading when you need a break from the normal dystopian young adult books or the typical romance novels. A few years previously, I didn't have much interest in reading, truth be told. It feels like this is the latest in a long line of formulaic reads, and I really hate that. When it's in your blood, there's no other way. When their sons join the business, it seems like nothing can stop them.
Maybe it is explained later in the book but I don't think so. The plot of the novel revolves around the lives of the main characters Eamonn Docherty and Cathy Connor. The book then heads back to the past, when they first met and to present day. I'm pretty sure if Cole cut the crap and was more snappy with her phrasing, this book would easily be four-hundred pages instead. For me the ending was disappointing and seemed rushed. Peter and Daniel are chalk and cheese in many ways - Peter's calm exterior belies his ruthless nature, while Daniel's penchant for spectacular violence is legendary - but together they are unstoppable The most authentic novel of gangster family life ever written, from the No. For real, this might actually be the worst book I have ever read This was my first Martina Cole book so my expectations were fairly high.
She soon discovers that running away to the cold, frightening streets of London is less harsh than her previous life. The Good Life is an interesting bo Martina Cole is an English author who was born and brought up in Essex. The characters in this story were full of contradictions. It's been a while since I last read a Martina Cole book so I'm glad this was the one I chose to get me back into her work. It just seems that these epic family sagas now only scratch the surface - gone is the depravity, the violence and the shock factor that made Martina's book so enjoyable.
And he's about to find out that when his wife Caroline said 'til death us do part, she meant it. Tons of tragic events befall them but they seem to muddle through. For example the death of one of the main characters. Time jumps - the year the funeral takes place is clearly stated and when the plot regresses to the 70's, there is a clear heading saying so. Martina's last two releases were middle of the road for me.
I was hoping Martina would get subversive and Caroline would end up eating everyone and ruling the East End gangster fraternity as a benevolent dictatorship which takes place in a greasy spoon cafe where she eats fry-ups all day. Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway which were shown on Sky 1 to remarkable reviews. The Life is in her blood, and now it's her weapon for revenge. The story was okay, but sadly it was just the same old, same old. I really enjoyed this one. He owed a lot of money to some very dangerous men - Joshua and Vincent Harper.
Determined to find out what drives teenage girls into violence and crime, Cole draws on her own research into gang culture to gain the trust of real life gang members and reveal the depths of fear, anger and despair they face on a daily basis. I knew where Martina was taking the story and characters and felt like this fell into the same category of been there and read it! Am really looking forward to her next book: Get Even. Just as a final side note, it amuses me that a lot of the negative reviews for Martina's books don't even mention the plot just the fact that her characters swear a lot. There were so many characte As I'd spent my money on it - an unusual choice of book for me, expedited in my choice by a huffing, puffing husband in the shop - I stuck with it. I could barely put it down after I started on it! And then there's his wife and saviour, Christine, whom he loves with a vengeance. Money is his game, and he'll make it by any means necessary.
Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life. But she is worried about her boyfriend, Freddie. When there is some action it is followed up by pages of tedious exposition. Although it's never easy at the top; there is always someone waiting to take you down - sometimes even those closest to you. It had all the trademarks of a good EastEnd Crime story and although we knew the outcome pretty early on in the story it was still a very enjoyable read. The book started off well and typical Martina she goes into detail with her characters which I love but as the story developed the characters went off the boil and I didn't like the way that they were portrayed and there were others introduced and then not developed which I found annoying.
Her father wanted to make them legit - her brother Mickey had other ideas, and now it's got him killed. A few years previously, I didn't have much interest in reading, truth be told. The story is still enjoyable, I just wish someone had pointed out the massive spoiler pre publishing and removed it, it would certainly have added more to the story finding out later. Now I know what ponce, lairy, and nous all mean! In the first few chapters, the narrative switched between different characters perspectives, I'm thinking to properly convey the nature of each person. » » Martina Cole Thriller Master Harlan Coben is back! Another thing I notice is, all of her characters drink copious amounts of tea and whiskey at any given time. I was delighted to meet her at the Bloody Scotland's Crime Writers' Festival last year and am pleased she is on the programme again, this year.
It is a story of the Life, told as only Martina Cole can. The unique style of writing of Cole can be seen in all her novels, as most of them feature a female as the main protagonist or as an antihero. The story revolves aound them, their families and all the siblings. I can't recommend The Good Life simply because you could read the prologue and epilogue and know the whole story. Jenny is not just any girl.
The man of a thousand twists is back with his latest edge of the seat thriller. She really gives great insight to the gruesome criminal life, created a solid background about the Life and the Baileys family. In her mid thirties went through some crisis in her life which included the death of her father. Cain soon finds himself behind bars, and despite living a rather comfortable life locked up I think I fancy it myself he was that comfortable! Seriously, the whole of The Good Life's story is essentially just an expanded version of the prologue. Cain Moran wanted Jenny Riley more than he had ever wanted anyone or anything before in his life.