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4.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,605 ratings  ·  78 reviews
1964 - London
Dolly Vincent is born to an East End gangster but is sent away for her own protection.
Mad Mick is hell bent on his revenge and will stop at nothing to kill her.
Estranged from her family, she becomes a successful barrister, but after defending a young Italian man she finds herself caught up in a secret held by a high court judge. Tortured and left for dead s
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Olympia Publishers
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Shell Baker
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Looks like there is a new gang land author in town........This story is definitely Ruthless I absolutely freaking loved it. Kerry Barnes is certainly an author to look out for and for me has hit my favorite author list that's how much I loved this book!

Ruthless starts off in 1998 where we are meet Mary and husband Bill then we are taken back in time to 1963 where we learn how Mary and Bill met with one action packed scene, I have to say. After having three sons Mary finally has a baby girl....Do
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Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
So my good friend Deryl has told me for I don't know how long that I really need to read Kerry Barnes. Deryl knows what I like and I am, like many others, fans of authors such as Kimberley Chambers, Dreda Say-MItchell, Mandasue Heller, Jessie get the picture. As always my ridiculous commitments I make mean my to read list is always growing and things I want to read get lost in the millions of others I want to read. I finally put my foot down and decided to give this a go. I am SO gla ...more
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book immensely. Dolly the only daughter of Mary & Bill Vincent gets sent to live with her aunt as another gangster Mad Mick vows revenge on The Vincent's . Dolly's life with her aunt transforms her life in many ways & dolly herself comes back into her old life in East end with revenge on her mind
This story takes you on Dolly's journey to Italy with the Mafiosi . About love . Revenge & greed . If you like Martina Cole you'll love this book
I give this book 4 stars
Emma Smart
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mary meet Bill in 1963 and married after a world wind romace. Mary gave Bill three strapping boys during there marriage. So when Mary gave birth to twins and one was a daughter they had always dreamed about. Dolly is then sent away for her own protection from a horrible bloke. Who is hell bent on revenge on Bill and what better way than Bill's beautiful princess Dolly.

After being away from her estranged family most ofher life she has made a career in a barrister.

Little did she know that she woul
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Awesome !

Wow what a corker of a story ! I just could not put this one down, I was pulled in right from the beginning and clued ! Loved all of the main characters apart from the obvious ! Francesca ( aka Dolly/ Launa ) certainly goes through some tough situations which ultimately makes her become the ruthless women she needs to be ! Loved the Vincent's tight knit family and the bond they share together. I don't like giving too much away in reviews but if you like a good east end gangster / mafia
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an explosive book this is!!! The story is set in the East End of London in the beginning,where Bill Vincent runs his business. Things take a turn for the worse when some shady characters start threatening his young family and in particular his young daughter Dolly.
The book expands around the lonely life that Dolly has to lead away from her loved ones and with another family member bringing her up to become a highly intelligent lawyer. I was enthralled with the way the book incorporated all
Lynsey Spedding
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a brilliant start to a trilogy!! As a huge fan of Kimberley Chambers, Martina Cole and Mandasue Heller I was over the moon to find an author as good which I’d not read any of her books. I enjoyed the book immensely, the characters are well developed and 3 dimensional. An emotional read, with lots of violence. I was hooked from start to finish!! Well done Kerry!
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
absolutely enjoyed this book highly recommend and i hope to read more of you Kerry barnes

absolutely brilliant from start to end highly recommend hope there more books to be published kerry barnes as you gonna be on my authors list
Selina Trafford
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A real rollercoaster of emotions in a story of such hardship that all comes good. Some really special characters including the main one Dolly but especially loved the wolf she tames.

This would be a brilliant film too.
vikki piller
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read !!!

Absolutely loved this book from beginning to end literally could not sleep until had finished .definitely recommend ! ! !
Craig Gillan
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantastic set of characters that are definitely Ruthless
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a long time fan of Gangland crime fiction and grew up devouring Martina Cole's books before veering off to the psychological thriller end of the market. So it has been a long time since I've read much of this genre.

Ruthless explores the life of Dolly Vincent and her family. Dolly was sent away to live with her aunt as a young child for her own protection when her gangland father gets caught up in a feud with local hard man Mad Mick. Her life takes a very different path from that of her East
Kevin Dowson
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A bit disappointed with this one.

I expected a gritty East-End gangster tale with brutality and bodies galore. What I got was a little bit of that wrapped in a long drawn-out family drama, crossing the Atlantic to bring in the American-Italian mob and some pretty unbelievable coincidences. Added to this a MC who had several such vastly different personalities through the years that it couldn't possibly have been the same person - people just don't change THAT much.

As a saga of a woman's trials an
Jennifer Dawn
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very gripping!

My first book by Kerry Barnes, it certainly won't be the last. The narrator was perfect, loved her accents. Loved it
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Fantastic read

Oh my where do I start, this was a brilliant read full of edge of the seat moments and so hard to put down. The Vincent family are from the east end and quite a typical family of that time. Mum Mary and Dad Bill had 3 sons then Mary had twins another boy and a beautiful baby girl her family was complete. A feud between their family and another east end family kicked off and life was never the same again for any of them. This book has me laughing and I even had tears a couple of t
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Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Honest to God, that was absolutely, BLOODY FANTASTIC!!!

Can't even tell you how happy I am to have found another author like Martina Cole, Jessie Keane and Kimberley Chambers...if you're also a huge fan of the genre, then you'll know the authors I mean.

And the cherry on this awesome cake?... KB has only gone and gotten Annie Aldington narrating her books - it just doesn't get any better than that!! AA, as always, brought flawless, perfect, breathtaking narration to the story. She's PHENOMENAL,
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I purchased this book purely on the recommendations of fellow readers in Facebook book groups. As a fan of some true Queens of crime such as Kimberley Chambers and Mandasue Heller this book had a lot to live up to. I was in no way disappointed. This book hooked me in from the beginning and is truly unputdownable. The plot is fantastic and gripping and I cannot explain just how much I enjoyed reading this book. Kerry Barnes easily sits up there with the best and I am really pleased that I have pu ...more
Leeanne Paling
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bring on book 2

This is the first book I've read by this author, having read the other reviews I felt I had to give it a go. It seemed to take forever to read as I usually finish a book in two days. Having said that, it really is a page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is good and well written, I really like the authors writing style. This is the first book in this series and I'm going to download the second straight away.
Julia Charles
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ohmygod! What can I say? This book has everything you need in a bloody good book. If you are a fan of Martina Cole or Kimberley Chambers you will LOVE this book. I couldn't put it down and spent a few nights reading into the early hours, just one more page! I will be adding Kerry Barnes to my list of authors that I collect. Off to by the next one now..... ...more
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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addictive page turner

This author was recommended by a work colleague and i have not been disappointed.
An addictive read , with many a late night getting deeper and deeper into this great story about "Dolly"...all I can say is im definitely going to download the next book by this author, you have got to read Ruthless hence the 5stars .

Vee  Dowdie
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that whilst reading I also purchased Kerry Barnes other books to. It's hard to put down but you've really got to read all three in order to see how the story line and characters pan out. It was well worth it ...more
booklover BEV
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
enjoyed every bit of this book by this new author looking forward to more
Regan Lockhart
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
A really good read a little over the top in places but a good book all in all! So much happens in this book that it was hard to put down!
Martina Cole fans will enjoy Kerry's work.
Yvonne Fisher
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended

Fantastic book enjoyed the Vincent family and the strength of dolly can't wait for the next one in the series
Yvonne Simcox
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed reading this book .. first time I’ve read anything written by Kerry Barnes .. looking forward to reading some more of her books
Jan Convey
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ruthless, exciting read by Kerry barnes

Ruthless, what a brilliant read i found it hard to put down, it was also easy to read, would read more like this.
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Riveting read

Really good book hard to put down once got into the story now want to read next boo I Ruby
Jackie Lees
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read

Couldn't put this book down great holiday read....going to start the next one now plenty of action on every page!
Mrs Sarah Louise Cupitt
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gripping read

This is one of those books you don't want to put down, action packed from start to finish. Great likeable characters.
Sara burd
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book!!

I loved this book, I couldn't put it down, it felt like I was a part of the story, watching from the guidelines
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