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Acid Row

3.72  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,096 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
Acid Row is a crime-infested housing project that exists by its own laws. When news comes that a child has been kidnapped, the frustration and anger that has been seething on the streets of Acid Row is ignited. And no one will be safe.
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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Elaine
Apr 03, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in 2001 at a time when the News of the World was threatening to print names and addresses of all paedophiles in the country, trying to make us believe that we didn’t really know who our neighbours were, this is a story about mob psychology. When residents of a sink estate get word that a newcomer is in fact a convicted paedophile, coupled with the fact that a local 10 year old girl is missing, tempers soon start to flare. The actual storyline is pretty good, it really kept me interested and ...more
Mark
Dec 07, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another pot boiler from my new favorite author. Ms Walters is able to manage multiple concurrent streams of narrative and keep the reader vitaly involved in each thread. In this one, a word spoken in anger at a most inappropriate time leads to an expolsion of violence directed at a pedophile that was recently moved into a poor neighborhood. Unfortunately for all, the pedophile in question had nothing to do with the incident that incited the mob. But the mob psychology takes over, the neigborhood ...more
Paul Bryant
Feb 11, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: novels
Ow, avert your eyes. Such very bad dialogue! Such cardboard characters! Quite shocking. Here we have a novel which tries really hard to turn today's headline into a fast-paced insightful, gritty yet ultimately inspiring novel but drastically fails on every page. Minette Walters does not appear to have first hand experience of how the unrespectable working class actually talk, whether black or white, so she makes it up... It sounds more like an Ealing comedy, if they were still makeing them in th ...more
Julie
Mar 21, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walters is at her best in exploring the banality of criminal activity and intent -- and in this book, once again, she shines. In pursuing the leads to find a missing 10-year-old girl, the reader is led into a maze of inter-connections which is at once astounding, predictable, and tragic. I don't know how Walters manages to weave all three into one mundane little crime, but she reveals herein she has a masterful grasp of the depraved indifference that men and women often demonstrate towards each ...more
Fiona
This is really a 3.5.

I enjoyed this book as a good suspenseful ride but I can't put it on the same level as a four star crime novel. Although I enjoyed it I was not really transported into the character's lives.

Walters knows how to handle the pacing in her plot, she keeps things moving always at the right speed. Not breakneck speed, she knows when to apply the breaks but there was very rarely a slow moment or a time when the storyline did not progress.

The characters were well written, but they s
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Anirban Das
For a long time I was hearing that Minnete Walters is THIS and THAT i.e. her books were a tour de force in the world of crime writing. Though I had 3 of her books in my to-read shelf but they were far away from where I was currently. So when the opportunity arose, where my mind was reluctant to continue with the book which was next in line, I, without any hesitation picked up the Minette Walters that was closest to my hand, Acid Row.

Frankly speaking the title was intriguing but the blurb wasnt.
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Heather
Sep 21, 2011 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
After having adored other books by this writer, I was saving Acid Row for a treat. Each book she writes is different, but reliably excellent in terms of pacing, structure, characters, and plot elements, and there is always a very satisfying payoff. This book was a major disappointment in each of these areas and more. I couldn't believe Minette Walters wrote it.

Interesting characters (good and bad) were created and set aside. Intrigues were established and never developed. Paragraphs were wasted
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Any Length
Jul 29, 2013 Any Length rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really impressed with Minette Walter's writing skills.
This book requires the author to have so many balls in the air, so many people in various roles in various locations, speaking in different ways about different things, coming from different backgrounds dealing with different problems. A true writing master only can write this book.
The characters are well built and stick to their personality.
The book itself gives one a lot to think about other than the fact that there is a missing chil
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Charmie
Acid Row is a place in London, associated with "slums" but is legally tolerated by the police. This place is where they dump single mothers, teenagers with drug activities, gangs, handicaps, etc. That is what I've understood. Correct me if I am wrong.

The whole book is crazy. The riot is realistic but the lack of activity by the police is not. Well, there is a very dignified reason behind it but I find it really unrealistic. (It's really hard to write a review without you, getting spoiled.) The
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Shirley Schwartz
Nov 06, 2010 Shirley Schwartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Walters continues to push the boundaries with her suspense fiction. This book shows what can happen when feelings run hot and people unite in a common goal. In this case the goal is misguided and cramped living quarters, xenophobic people and individuals cranked up on meth and other drugs is a recipe for disaster. I found this book very difficult to get through because it is as raw as it can get. There are definitely some gems here, and the biggest one is big, black Jimmy James who seems to ...more
Mark
Jul 27, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
yet another actually thrilling thriller. the bulk of the book takes place during a riot in a London council estate so it's plot plot plot! its fascinating to follow how a series of misteps can escallate so quickly with tragic results. there's a lot of abnormal pyschology to amp up the suspense and no one does nasty people laying into each other better than minette walters. my only quibbles would be that her chief interogator gets a bit preachy and sometimes there was so much going on I couldn't ...more
Sarah
Feb 27, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Acid row - the unfortunate nickname for the estate that now houses a struggling working class, an estate that becomes a powder keg when rumours begin that a local paedophile may have taken missing Amy. A young female doctor is caught up when local residents form a posse to oust the paedophile in their midst and get justice for Amy. But just where is Amy?

An excellent thriller that leaves you guessing for a long while and is very topical. Brilliantly written novel dealing easily and effortlessly w
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Cocaine
Jan 27, 2016 Cocaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 18page turner 19 by definition has to be structured in such a fashion as to make the reader do what the term suggests. This doesn 19t mean a lack of intelligence but the reverse if handled well. In the hands of Minette Walters it is an exciting, powerful tool. She knows her craft well. She knows the thin line between banality and suspense and she manages to keep the reader forever on the edge of their seatwithout their attention wandering. Of the several threads she weaves throughout this nove ...more
Jim
Mar 19, 2016 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A paedophile is housed on a sink estate, a spiteful social worker lets the cat out of the bag and when 10 year old Amy goes missing, all hell breaks lose. Angry alienated teens turn over cars to barricade the street and attempt to make Molotov Cocktails. A teenage mum leads a protest to get the perverts out, but the protest is soon taken over by unruly elements high on drink and drugs. A young doctor, Sophie Morrison, is trapped in the home of the paedophile at the centre of a terrifying siege. ...more
Cheryl
Jul 25, 2007 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
ACID ROW by Minette Walters (HB) $24.95

As potentially real as they come. A child is reportedly missing. Word of mouth fuels a volatile housing project into a self-contained mayhem. In a complex known for its criminal content, a pedophile is placed and the walls implode with tenant revolt. Misinformation pits the good against the bad as heroes appear behind nearly every door. This is one of those books that will keep you reading into the early a.m. hours, as riveting at live coverage.
Misha
May 22, 2015 Misha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The thing I like about Minette Walters is that she doesn’t have a model plot. With some writers you find that many of their books follow the same kind of pattern; the characters may be different, the crime may be different, the setting may be different, but the form is the same, i.e. you sort of know what to expect. Acid Row turned out to be completely different than what I expected it to be after having read two other books by Walters. Needless to say, better.
A paedophile moves into Bassindale.
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Alison Golden
Jun 22, 2013 Alison Golden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
This book has the best written tension scene I have ever read. The build-up to the riot was extraordinary and I still remember the fear I felt as I read it, even though it's been several years. I loved the change of scene to an poverty-ridden urban setting and the brutal underpinning of the plotline. One of, if not her best book.
Bindu
I know that such places and such people do exist in real life! But I clearly don't understand, there existence! Why on Earth do people live such a life... sadism [a self inflicted disease], drugs [self destructing creation], teenage pregnancy, jobless lazy uneducated[adored by their single parents] youngsters, uninterested parents, people living on taxpayers money[social service scheme -practically involves all the above mentioned categories] ... and last but not the least paedophil. Yet they ar ...more
Louise Mundt
Minette Walters is usually one of my favourite authors but this book is mediocre at best.

Minette Walters' books are usually intense crime novels with a psychological aspect. Books like "A shape of snakes" and "Disordered minds" broke my heart and have stayed with me through the years and I was expecting something similar of this book.

I was disappointed.

Even though the though of a 10 year old girl being kidnapped by pedophiles can be horrifying, I never got the sense of danger. The kidnapping of
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Velvetink
Surely an indictment against low income high density housing estates.

Fast paced - read in one day. The riot kept me guessing the next move. In the end the resolution I felt was weak with various people getting their just deserts, but I guess public demand wants a happy ending.
Rebecca
Aug 05, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was shocked when someone else who read this book stated to me it was all fabricated nonsense and fiction. So far from the truth. This book displays the intricacies of estate life and the horrors that can be bought about by hearsay and rhumour.
Sam
Jul 11, 2010 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, even though it's about things I'd rather be in ignorance about. I was absorbed by the story and my heart was racing as I wondered who was going to make it out. A great read.
Zala
Jan 24, 2009 Zala rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best one I read by this author, though I really love everything she writes. I recommend it to everyone, not just to crime novels fans, because it's different and special in so many ways.
Linny
Jul 31, 2009 Linny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting take on UK housing projects, history of them, and mix of characters, less than complex plotting. Still, I'd read more of hers.
Sandy Denholm
Aug 19, 2013 Sandy Denholm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-books
What a fascinating book. I loved looking into the lives of other people and how they live. This book gave me a lot of hope in the end.
Kate Read
Jan 27, 2009 Kate Read rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic exploration of how people react when they believe their community is threatened by a paedophile.
Fi
Feb 18, 2015 Fi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

An Amazon review of this books says: "A page-turning novel doesn't have to be particularly well written or intelligent to hold you in its grip but occasionally one comes along with both qualities and leaves you reeling in its wake"
In my view this book is neither well written nor intelligent, but I won't dispute that there was enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. People kept telling me that, based on other authors I enjoy, I really should try Minette Walters; well, I tried, but the slop
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Michael
Apr 21, 2014 Michael rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Set in England in a social housing area called an estate, the story focuses on a group of people living in one street of the estate who discover by chance that a pedophile is living in one of the flats (apartments) beside them. At the same time a 10 year old girl goes missing from the estate and mob rule and mob justice take over. The author creates a number of characters whose behaviour is totally plausible, but there are about four major players in whom I could not believe in. Further to this ...more
Anne
Jan 31, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Great but too lengthy and talkative .at the end.
Helen
Jan 11, 2016 Helen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Had I realised the content of the book I would not have picked it up but have read a lot of Minette Walters so didn't imagine the plot would be as it is. It's hard to write a review without spoilers but the riot kept me reading as it certainly wasn't the characters. Sophie and several others could have been very engaging but the lack of information about them made it hard to be involved with them. Tough book to read and will be much more careful in future in the books I choose from favourite aut ...more
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Minette Walters (born 26 September 1949) is a British mystery writer. After studying at Trevelyan College, University of Durham, she began writing in 1987 with The Ice House, which was published in 1992. She followed this with The Sculptress (1993), which received the 1994 Edgar Award for Best Novel. She has been published in 35 countries and won many awards.

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