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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,103 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Eleven years ago Marie Carter was convicted of killing her two best friends. And she's paid the price. Now she is being released from prison. It's time to go home. But life has moved on, and Marie has nowhere to go. Her parents have disowned her; her friends have abandoned her; even her kids don't want to know. But some people out there are watching her, following her ever ...more
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Published 2005 by Headline (first published October 22nd 2001)
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Tea Jovanović
With all our passion and love for this author both my Croatian colleague and me pushed this author on Croatian and Serbian author, but for whatever reason without adequate results... Goo crime fiction author, you read her books in one go... Great TV adaptations upon her novels... but flop on Balkans, big fiction name in UK... But I still believe she can catch readers on Balkans one day...
WOW! I read this for two reasons, 1, it was highly recommended 2, I happened to find it on my bookshelp, it was like it was meant to be. Litterally could not put it down. All the cliches apply to this book, fast page turner, gripping, emotional, could NOT put it down!!! I have been told that this is one of MC's best books, I've only read one other so I cant really judge but oh my gosh, if ever there is one MC book you have to read PLEASE make it this one.

Marie has just been released from prison
Eleven years ago Marie Carter was convicted of killing her two best friends. And she's paid the price. Now she is being released from prison. It's time to go home. But time has stood still for Marie, and she has nowhere to go. Her parents have disowned her; her friends have abandoned her; even her kids don't want to know. But some people out there do care - particularly when they know that Marie Carter is out for revenge...

The Story gives you an insight into how drugs can affect you,your family
David Roberts
I am reviewing the thriller Faceless by Martina Cole which is an excellent novel which I bought from a car boot sale. The title of this book came about because of a comment a prostitute Martina was friends with when younger said at the end of the day they were faceless along with their punters and if they saw a client 10 minutes later they probably wouldn't recognize him. The plot to this book is a prostitute gets out of prison after a long stretch for 2 murders which were her best friends but w ...more
Wow, not typically the type of book I read, but Martina Cole writes a real page turner on a topics with which I'm not very familar. What an eye opener into a different type of culture, morals and lifestyle. Well developed characters, a plot line with twists and turns to keep you guessing. A very good read.
Bev Taylor
if u r a good person and obey the law u do not belong in the east end!

marie carter has served 11 years for the murder of her 2 friends. an ex alcoholic and drug addict she now has nowhere to go. her parents have disowned her, her friends have abandoned her and her children do not want to know

h/e her daughter is going down the same road as marie, being manipulated by the same man as marie was - a master of the underworld. and marie is determined that he should pay the price

it is obvious early
Pretty good story, though a tad long- could have had some extra editing.

I did find at the end of it I didn't really like any of the characters, but I could feel empathy for them.

This book reads to me like you can see a movie or TV series being made.,
I mark this 2 1/2 stars. I found myself getting into the story and the characters and wanting to know what happens even though this is not a normal book that I would read. I found it a bit nasty, too violent and a lot of the subject matter things I would rather not read but in a way I credit her writing in that although you end up liking some of the characters they are all in general not nice people. If it was set in another time I perhaps would have enjoyed it more like the tv series Deadwood w ...more
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OMG I think this has been my favorite of her books so far.
Gritty, real and made me cry as I listened that ending.

LOL More British than a English bulldog! Brilliant!
my first martina novel to read it was realy grippin stuff
Maria Daines
Gruesome but great as always!
Tahieuba Chaudhry
It was by chance that I brought this book for 50p from Breast Cancer Charity. I’ve never been interested in crime/thriller novels but there was something about the title ‘Faceless’ that made me want to pick it up. I read the introduction and from what the author Martina Cole states, she based her story on a nameless prostitute she interviewed, who talked about herself being Faceless when she met her clients. To this date she does not know what happened to the woman who she interviewed. Needless ...more
Well, this was the very first time that i read the novel in English. I've been keep this book for many years like i will read this one day. British author Martina Cole.. who writes the novels like FACELESS, about the lady or ladies who's murderer, whore, drug addicted female person i assume...

Ok, about the plot.. woman called Marie Carter who had passed 12 years sentences, because of double murders. Killed her two fellow prostitutes actually her two best friend! then just released from prison
A modern day Shakespeare, bear with me here, sure she is not elegant or flowery with her words (Shakespeare was somewhat bound by the times in language of course too) but she always portrays a complexly layered tragedy peppered with humour and lessons to be learned akin to the Bard's. This book is dark and gritty which Martina Cole is famous for of course, so it's not something I would have enjoyed on holiday for example, it would kill that buzz. A tale of prostitution, drugs and family Cole kno ...more
Clive Thompson
So, I'm on holiday and in one of those moods where I can't seem to spot a book that I fancy reading, so I don't buy one. When it's too late and we are away from any bookshops, I have to trawl my way through the many books that my wife has around her.....and this one looks readable.

No, I didn't love it to the point of not being able to put it down. In fact I started to find it depressing. Then I realised that it wasn't the style of writing that I found depressing, nor was it the story. What was d
Lynda Thatcher
Really enjoyed this book. Gripped me from the start and kept me intrigued until the end. Although I sussed the possible ending about 3/4 of the way through and I was right but still enjoyed reading it till the end. The London underworld of pimps, gang landers and protestutes was very well used in this book and martina cole has a great way of describing all the characters so I felt like I really knew each and everyone of them and how their minds worked. Definitely a gripping read.
Don't get me wrong, I am a massive fan of Martina Cole, and although I enjoyed faceless, I was still a little disappointed.
It was enjoyable enough for me want to keep reading and reading, but there was a downside that I felt that some things could have been written with the same effect and only taking up half a chapter.
Martina Cole is so talented in the way that you feel that the villains of the book are misunderstood and you want to believe that the person will get better and become a good pers
Sami Lewis
This was the first book I read by Martina Cole and she's had me hooked ever since. This book is what I was waiting to come across. It was gritty with no holds barred. It told life as it is and how the criminal underworld works. It's intense, powerful and leaves you wanting more!
Helen Saunderson
This was the first book that made me a fan of martina cole. The story was gripping from start to finish and i love the authors style of writing. Maybe because i come from London which is where most of the characters are based in the authors writing , that makes me love the stories even more.

Faceless was a suspense thriller from start to finish. You knew the character was bad but there was understanding and i dare i say sympathy towards her. I love this book and would highly would recommend . If
Lat Leigh
Actually enjoyed reading this book, more than I did Two Women. I think because it was more set in a world I do not exist in! Whereas Two Women seemed to be more gritty and closer to home. A good read, but still not an easy one.
Alice Pickard
Good characters, interesting plot but repetitive in parts. Overall, the story was enjoyable and I may read further works by this author.
Tracy Young
Loved this book kept me hooked
Alison Turpin
Awful. Repetitive, clichéd, and naïve.

If Marie said she was "bad inside" once, I think she said it in every chapter thereafter.

I've never read Ms Cole's books before. This came recommended to me. I was embarrassed by the contrived drivel that spewed across each page.

Perversely, I laboured on to the bitter end. I'm a masochist.

And I don't know of many former heroin addicts who can safely drink alcohol once they get clean. I was quite amazed that Marie could drink so genteelly. She's a miracle
Louise Jennings
This is the best book of martina Coles I have read so far amazing!
David Highton
Usual East End slang novel from Cole, plenty of dead bodies
This is Martina Cole at her best, after reading all Ms Coles books I would rate this as my second favourite. Marie is a lovable criminal who I took straight to my heart. It is a warts and all story of a drugs and sex filled east end, and highlights how good conquers evil in the end(with a long fight along the way) Whether you're a die hard fan or you've never read a Martina Cole book before I seriously recommend this!
A fantastic look into the life of drugs and prostitution. Cole exhibits her incredible insight once again. Throw in excruciating complex family dynamics and you have Faceless. The only criticism I would have would be that it's difficult to believe just how bad the bad guy in this book is! Get past that and you can buckle your seat belt for an emotional high speed ride.
Very repetitive and approx twice as long as it should be. I think she's really keen to show off her knowledge of the lingo but that leads to the same phrases cropping up again and again - even within successive paragraphs.
I didn't find any of the characters plausible or interesting. Shame I borrowed 2 of her books from the library at the time!
Caroline Stacey
My first Martina Cole book and I found it surprisingly enjoyable. The subject matter was pretty harsh delving into the world of prostitution and drugs. Some repetition of 'thoughts' by the characters made me think I was re-reading previous pages by accident, so the story could have been a bit more concise if these were removed.
A really good read. The storyline kept me interested from start to finish. Cole really creates a bond between the reader and main characters. So disturbing and descriptive, a realistic story about prostitution, drugs, death and family problems. Can't wait to read my next Martina Cole book.
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Martina Cole was born and brought up in Essex. She is the bestselling author of fourteen novels set in London's gangland, and her most recent three paperbacks have gone straight to No. 1 in the Sunday Times on first publication. Total sales of Martina's novels stand at over eight million copies.

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