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Dancers in the Wind

(Hannah Weybridge #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  132 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Webridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognizable, Hannah has to ...more
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Published October 13th 2016 by Urbane Publications
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Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urbane
"Dancers In The Wind" written by Anne Coates is a brilliant British crime thriller that I found utterly absorbing.
Anne has a fabulous way of drawing you into the book and not letting you go, her hooks were well and truly caught on me!
Set in 1993 and London's seedy world of prostitution, prostitutes are going missing and being found brutally murdered. I couldn't help having sympathy with the sex workers even though they didn't want to be labelled victims and my motherly concern for 'Princess'/C
Linda Strong
Hannah Weybridge is a single mom and a freelance journalist. On commission to write an article concerning the seamier side of town, she meets a very young prostitute, Princess. She also meets DI Tom Jordan, who is investigating the brutal beating deaths of three sex workers whose bodies were discovered days or weeks after they went missing.

There's an attraction between Hannah and Jordan, but her compassion is all for Princess, especially as she hers her background. Princess is one of those peopl
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have a very soft spot for crime dramas set in our recent past. Dancers in the Wind brings the world of 1990s Kings Cross prostitution and corruption to the forefront. I read it over the course of a morning and was totally and utterly gripped!

It is the story of a journalist seeking answers in a corrupt and dangerous environment. Hannah is a freelance journalist, who is pretty desperate for work. She finds herself covering a story featuring Princess, a young working girl in King’s Cross. At the
Lynn Mccarthy
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Freelance journalist Hannah Weybridge is working on a feature to coincide with the release of a television documentary featuring young prostitute, Princess and new copper on block, DI Tom Jordan.
Set in 1993 and London's seedy world of prostitution, prostitutes are going missing and being found brutally murdered.
On her doorstep Hannah finds the badly beaten body of Princess, she’s barely alive. Against her better judgement Hannah gives the girl shelter and cleans her up. But what has Princess bro
Bella Jones
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dancers in the Wind is an original thriller centred around London’s Kings Cross red-light district in the early 1990s. The descriptions are spot-on compared to my own memories of the area at that time. The narrative follows freelance journalist and single mother Hannah who interviews prostitute Princess and DI Tom Jordan for a newspaper feature about tackling this aspect of Vice. A little while later Princess appears on Hannah’s doorstep beaten up and barely alive. Then a media blackout is lifte ...more
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Detective Inspector Tom Jordan has a mission – to clean up the streets around Kings Cross, dealing with the prostitutes, vagrants, users and dealers one at a time. As successful as his undercover patrol teams had been, someone else seems to be helping a few of the prostitutes on their way by less natural means. Three women murdered in different and yet no less brutal ways. With a current media blackout in place, Jordan is looking for the one piece of evidence which could give him an insight into ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable novel which I devoured in the space of 24 hours. No scrap that, it was more like 7 hours which for me, is super speed reading. I couldn’t put it down. Once I became immersed in Hannah and Caroline’s tale, I was hooked! Before starting this book I wasn’t sure what to expect. The cover suggested murder and violence but the title…didn’t! I now know why the book is called Dancers in the Wind and I feel a little silly. It all fits perfectly!

Freelance journalist Hannah Weybrid
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a dark suspense, not quite a thriller, but an oddly quick read with so many chapters. This is about an author who writes freelance doing a human interest piece about prostitutes, one in particular who has had a terrible life who seems to have had everything stacked against her. Even as she is doing this piece she can see those around her using her. The author, Hannah, has just had a child of her own and she feels compassion for this girl.

At the same time someone is killing prostitutes a
Kelly Lacey
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anne Coates ‘Dancers in the Wind’ is one of those books that is quite difficult to categorise. Yes, there is a cop and yes, there is a murder enquiry but it is not your run of the mill crime thriller. Neither is it your average investigative mystery despite the freelance journalist and tabloid hacks.
It is, in fact, a cleverly written, nicely paced and utterly believable story. Set in London in the recent past, there is a familiarity to the setting; that sense of place almost a character in its o
Sue Gale
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A book you will not want to put down I was glued to the pages from first word until the last;a tale told from an unusual angle it pulls you into the essence of it as you live the events unfolding in front of your eyes.

The characters are sympathetically drawn and we care about what is happening to them which is to me the sign of a good Author.The many and varied strands of the narrative are all followed until they reach their conclusions and we are left with no unanswered questions.

I look forward
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dancers in the Wind is a gripping, surprising and, at times, shocking crime novel. Set in London, it sets itself apart from many other new releases as it's set in the early 1990s. There are so many elements to a present-day crime novel that I realise I've got used to and sometimes don't even notice - new tecnology, advances in DNA testing and other scientific developments, even the different attitudes towards certain groups of people by the general public. I r
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
Set in the early 1990’s (lots of conversations on landlines rather than mobiles and photocopying rather than email!) Dancers in the Wind introduces us to Hannah Weybridge; a journalist who has recently returned to working for The News on a freelance basis following the birth of her daughter. One of her first freelance assignments is an interview with a prostitute who touts for business around Kings Cross. Hannah’s interview is to coincide with a documentary that Princess will also feature in.

Abby Slater- Fairbrother
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novel opens in the 1990’s with freelance journalist Hannah Weybridge, wring a piece to accompany a documentary on the red light district at Kings Cross Station in central London. The novel has a heavy theme of vice and the women involved suffering. Anne Coates met with and interviewed sex workers in the research for her novel and it shows in her writing. Not only did she portray them accurately without stereotypes, she also clearly listened to them when they spoke of their lives. Journalist ...more
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Dancers in the Wind is a highly innovative and compelling novel from Anne Coats. This book is a mixture of crime thriller slash investigative journalism, with even a dash of romance, that is both gritty and realistic. I loved it.

The novel is set in 1993, and we firstly meet Hannah Weybridge, a freelance journalist and single mother to a young baby, as she is on her way to Kings Cross to interview Princess, a young prostitute, for a national magazine. While interviewing her, she begins to learn o
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: crime mystery thriller
Shelves: free-for-review
Where do you run if you don’t know who you’re running from?

*Thank you to Urbane Publications for a free copy of this book in return for my honest review*

This is the kind of book that I really wished I could have switched off all my responsibilities and then just read, read and read from cover to cover! I do love a good whodunnit!

Firstly, we meet the tight-lipped Detective Inspector Tom Jordan and he is not having a very good day. Another dead body has been found. Another prostitute.

Then we meet
Tracey Walsh
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Challenges preconceptions you never even knew you were nurturing.

"Freelance journalist and single mother Hannah Weybridge is commissioned by a national newspaper to write an investigative article on the notorious red light district in Kings Cross. There she meets prostitute Princess, and police inspector in the vice squad, Tom Jordan. When Princess later arrives on her doorstep beaten up so badly she is barely recognisable, Hannah has to make some tough decisions and is drawn ever deeper into th
May 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hannah Weybridge is a journalist and a single mother who is trying to get her writing career off the ground. She isn’t having much luck in getting her work published and is having to rely on what her journalism work brings in. Through her job she gets to meet Princess/Caroline who then turns up unannounced at Hannah’s house putting them all at risk.

Princess, being a prostitute, has lead quite a dark and disturbing life for one so young. She is only nineteen but having been what she has been thro
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Cops, Journalists, Prostitutes, and Evil residing in high places. Coates delves into the life of a single mom doing free-lance journalism. A cop that seems to care but has a hidden vibe projected. A prostitute with a unfortunate past finds herself in a close to death encounter. Bleeding, clutching her simple pink bag Princess collapses on the porch step of Hannah who had interviewed her for a magazine article. Tom our police detective is working to put the pieces together to solve deaths of thre ...more
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book captured my imagination right from the first chapter. Hannah a freelance journalist and new mum to Elizabeth has her life turned upside down after interviewing a young prostitute who later turns up on her door step near to death after being brutally beaten. Princess the name the prostitute uses for her clients is terrified that Hannah will call the police and have her taken to hospital. Hanna is so afraid for the girls life that she calls a doctor friend for help and he manages to patc ...more
Monica Craig
Sep 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me just start with omg! I honestly read this in one day I could not put the book down!

It starts with Hannah a journalist and single parent to a little baby girl who takes up a job interviewing about the underworld of prostitution. She meets a prostitute and although the young girls attitude disgusts her she feels sorry for her and how rough her upbringing had been.

Once the interview is over she carries on with her life until one night the girl shows up at her door near death.... The twists a
Martha Brindley
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is full of suspense and is well written. Hannah, the lead character, is a single mum and a free lance journalist working on interviewing a prostitute. It is quite harrowing to read at times but I would recommend this book. It will challenge your preconceptions of journalists, prostitutes and the police. Many thanks to Net Galley, I enjoyed the read.
Jacob Collins
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came to the Hannah Weybridge series a little late when I read the third novel in the series, Songs of Innocence last year. I really wish I’d started from the beginning, so I’m glad that I’ve now had the chance to go back to the start with Dancers in the Wind.

Set in the early 1990s, in Anne Coates’ first novel, the police are trying to track down a brutal killer who has so far murdered three prostitutes in the Kings Cross area. At the same time, freelance journalist, Hannah Weybridge is asked t
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Dancers In the wing by Anne Coates, which I found surprising considering its very rare I read thrillers but I have to say I was pleasantly and happily shocked at how much I enjoyed this book. when I seen the blog tour and read the blurb I was instantly intrigued and wanted it and I'm so happy I got to read it.
dancers in the wind is a British crime thriller that I was instantly drawn into, Anne Coates literally drew me in from the get go and didn't let go till the very end, she ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting read. The main character Hannah is an unusual protagonist in that shes a freelancing journalist just returning from maternity leave. The plot is interesting and the relationship between hannah and the police inspector involved in the case, will be interesting to watch develop over the series. I'll definitely read more from this author ...more
Angela Smith
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, mystery, thriller
Gritty tale set in the 1990s

This is a good introduction to a series. Will definitely read the next one. Hannah is a single mother and a freelance reporter. She gets more than she bargains for when she interviews a prostitute called Princess.

There is a trigger warning that I should point out in regards to the depiction of rape.

Gritty tale set in the 1990s.
Rachel Sargeant
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part gritty thriller with gruesome attacks on sex workers and a dirty conspiracy at its heart, but also part cosy suspense story with new mum Hannah and her daughter Elizabeth. The writing jumps in and out of the viewpoints of various characters and keeps the reader on her toes. You never quite know where the story will twist next or who to trust. A quick, enjoyable read.
Zoé-lee O'farrell
I was not sure what I was going to get when I picked this book up, I was not expecting short snappy chapters that kept me hooked throughout the book nor was I expecting to have read over half the book in one sitting. I feel like this book blew me away in such an unexpected way.

I never quite knew who was good, who was bad and who was in the middle. I was kept completely on my toes which is something I find so thrilling. The answers were so obvious and in your face when you look back but with Coat
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was slightly dubious when starting Dancers in the Wind. The last few books I had read had all been at times difficult to read. But even though the storyline concerning prostitutes was gritty it was a quick and easy read.
Hannah is shocked when Princess turns up at her home in a life threatening condition. After providing medical assistance she reluctantly gives her a home, despite reservations. She has a young daughter and is worried about being in danger. But she agrees that she can stay and s
Gina Kirkham
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dancers in the Wind is the perfect crime thriller. Set in London’s King’s Cross in the early 90's it grips you from the very first pages with the the murder of a local prostitute. This is not a solitary act but the latest in a series of gruesome killings.
The story follows Hannah Weybridge, a freelance journalist who is drawn into the subsequent police investigation after writing a feature on the areas red light district. She is sucked into a life that is poles apart from her own and in the proc
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book.

I liked this book. I wasn't sure when I started it, what I thought about the main characters, Hannah, Princess and Tom, and at the end I had finally decided that I liked them all, either way, I was spell bound and kept reading. I sympathized with Princess, how many young girls find themselves in the same place every day, her hard edges were just the way she was, the way she had to be. Hannah, against her own better judgement tried to do w
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