My rating for this Martina Cole story went from a 4-star (at the beginning), down to a 3-star (because the middle felt very long-winded and the storyMy rating for this Martina Cole story went from a 4-star (at the beginning), down to a 3-star (because the middle felt very long-winded and the story wasn't moving quickly enough for me). I was pleasantly surprised when I found my former 4-star rating returning (for the last quarter of the book). before becoming a resounding 5-star by the end. Yes, it really was that much of a rollercoaster read!
This story is a difficult one to stomach at times - it includes horrific violence, and some startling statements concerning terrorist and gangster organisations which really got me thinking about some things in a different light. I agree with another reviewer who says that The Runaway isn't for the 'faint hearted', but then again I imagine that all of Martina Cole's books are gritty and hard-hitting.
The Runaway is the best Martina Cole story I have read thus far, and one of those library books that I now wish I owned....more
Hmm...this book is difficult for me to rate. The Business was my first introduction to Martina Cole and one of those impulse buys while doing a weeklyHmm...this book is difficult for me to rate. The Business was my first introduction to Martina Cole and one of those impulse buys while doing a weekly shop.
The story took me a while to get into and I found the setting - the heart of London's gangster culture - disturbing and at times, difficult & unpleasant to read. However, Martina Cole's writing makes it a page turner and it gripped me enough to stay with it until the end.
My heart went out to the little two year old Jordanna, and I was horrified by what she had to witness and go through so early on in her life. I think it's this aspect that made The Business initially such an uncomfortable read because it gives the reader a stirring that this is what life is really like for some people.
Whether you like it or love it, Martina Cole has the gift for telling a gritty and unforgettable story. And, yes, I *will* read her books again - but perhaps one that doesn't have such full-on swearing with every character.