Blackmail: A completely unputdownable gripping and gritty crime thriller (The Manchester Thrillers)

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Blackmail: A completely unputdownable gripping and gritty crime thriller (The Manchester Thrillers)

Blackmail: A completely unputdownable gripping and gritty crime thriller (The Manchester Thrillers)

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Heather now works full-time as an author from her home in Manchester which she shares with her two grown-up children. I love the detail and atmosphere the author creates, the 80′s has a certain feel and I am sure Manchester in the 80′s had an atmosphere all of it’s own! Good news, Gangster’s Grip is no exception; the tense and heavy plot doesn’t stop you wanting to plough on to the shocking yet inevitable ending. In my honest opinion, Heather deserves to be as popular as Martina Cole, Kimberly Chambers and Mandsue Heller and Heather Burnside is definitely on my must read and favourite authors list.

But he senses she is harbouring something dark… And when the truth is finally revealed, Brady blackmails Beth into bankruptcy. As much as I liked Slur, you can tell that Gangster’s Grip is Burnside’s second novel as it feels a little more polished and well-paced.

I thought that the way that the book switched from present events to the memories of Julie was greatly effective and gave me the information I needed to piece the story together without being overwhelming or boring. The relationship between the characters is also great to follow, sometimes characters do not work together but the main characters blend well, I liked watching Julie and Vinny grow. Then Beth looked down, shocked to discover that he was clutching a blood-drenched knife, which was rubbing against her clothing and staining her coat.

He smiled disarmingly, and Beth noticed it made him look even more handsome with his perfect white teeth. Burnside is also good at this, and is so skilled in creating relatable characters and believable dialogue. All characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. I love well-rounded characters and clever interactions in books, which is why I’m such a fan of Agatha Christie. But when Laura’s business is repeatedly vandalised, she begins to fall back into old habits to cope with the stress.She turned her head to the side to get a better look and noticed a distinguished, good-looking man of about forty sitting on a stool at the end of the bar. His other hand was clasped around her middle, but it felt weighty, as though he was holding something, which was prodding her stomach. The Characters are perfectly developed for the story, they are strong, multi-layered, Complex and relatable. Set in 1996, a time when Manchester was dealing with a serious drug and gang problem, Gangster’s Grip is the story of a normal family, who through a mixture of love and intimidation, become too mixed up in that world.

Then he lowered his voice, ‘Rumour has it that he’s a bit dodgy and he’s running other businesses on the side. The third part of the Riverhill Trilogy is rumoured to be out in June this year, so do yourself a favour and catch up with this series before then.

Netgalley Reviewer, ***** 'A great book, has twists and turns, its exciting and i couldnt put it down, highley recommend.

I’ve read pretty much everything Burnside has written; her short stories collection Crime, Conflict and Consequences, and the first book in the trilogy Slur, and it’s safe to say I’m a fan. They chatted for a while about their plans for the house, their jobs and other mutual topics till their drinks ran out and Beth decided to go to the bar. I was familiar with the dialogue used (as I live in the UK) and felt that it fitted with the story well.I greatly enjoyed the two very different personalities of Julie and her friend Rita and though that the ending fitted well.

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