The battle is on…
When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.
When gang leader Paddy O'Brien is stabbed in his brother's nightclub, it heralds the beginning of a fierce battle for control of the city's drugs and sex trade, with the Boddlington gang going up against the O'Brien's, with terrible consequences for all concerned.
Two g ...more
This is a gritty, fast paced book, set in Manchester's underworld. it deals with the North-South devide in Manchester. This is the first book in a new series from the author. The book has a great character list and just enough going on to keep you turning the pages. it also has a great ending.
I would like to thank NetGalley, Avon Books and the author Marnie Riches for my ARC ...more
Born Bad introduces a new side to the northern city. We discover the criminal element, the organised crime and two gangs competing for dominance. On o ...more
Marnie Riches I loved this.
Dark and dirty, Manchester's criminals come out to play in this book of gangland rivalry.
This is such an easy read even with the myriad of characters within, there's just enough information on each one to keep it simple yet compelling. The North South divide in Manchester, each with it's gang Lords ruling with ruthless brutality comes to a bloody peak. The murder of Jack O'Brien, ...more
The story has quite a lot of characters in it and does jump around between quite a few so it’s one that you need to really concentrate on to keep up with all that’s going on as otherwise you could become a bit lost.
The main characters that stuck ou ...more
Great storyline which is set in Manchester, and follows the dark world of gang warfare. It's action-packed from the very start of the book. Not a light-read by any stretch of the imagination.
4 stars from me for this one.
Set in Gangland Manchester, this is a dark gritty drama about when King crime lord of the North side of Manchester Paddy 0'brien is found bleeding at poolside of his mansion. A war starts between him and the Crime lords of the South side Johnny and Tariq and their assassin The Fish Man.
I loved this powerful action packed, violent, drama. With all the different characters and their own stories that ...more
As the synopsis states, the book is set in Manchester and immedia ...more
Pages - 328
Publisher - Avon
Source - Book shop
Blurb from Goodreads
A powerful, darkly comic novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches.
The battle is on…
When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to ...more
The story jumps about a lot, and it took me a little while to get into the flow of things. Once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey the author took me on. There is almost constant a ...more
Everything you ever wanted to know about the dark underbelly of Manchester. This is described as a gritty gangster thriller, and that's what you get page after page. The device of telling the story in chapters from the viewpoint of the different characters was cliched and tedious. This could have been wrapped up in 200 pages, and might have been better for it. The cast of characters was chock full of stereotypical hoodlums, and their battered, or trophy wives. The story was dark and ...more
The author takes us to the criminal underworld of Manchester...hell yeah.Those of you that follow me know I do love a gangland novel. And what I especially like about this one is that it is told from different characters POV. Where I found myself racing through the pages to find out what was going to happen next.
It is f ...more
Paddy O'brien a gang leader is stabbed in his brothers famous nightclub, Manchester's criminal underworld is shaken to the core. A war is on now the O'brien family must make a decision on what to do with their side of the city. Sell or risk losing their king. Who will survive?
OMG absolutely fantastic read. I loved the story. This is a gripping fast past book. With shocks and twists too. Definitely worth more than 5*. Thanks to avon books and netgalley. ...more
Great writing, an intriguing plot, and more than enough action made for a great read. I must admit that there were a lot of times in the book that I wished that I had a character that I could fully get behind, that I could emotionally invest in. And I suppose I did root for different characters at different times, but I always had this feeling that no-one really deserved hav ...more
This was gritty to say the least. Starring a veritable menagerie of Manchester's finest underworld as they jostle for control of the city. I don't know what it is about Manchester but I have read a fair few crime novels set there and in every one, the city has almost been a character in its own right. here is no different as we also see t ...more
Yes. Riches is back. Her new novel is born and it is bad!
It starts by introducing us to Sheila with her Porsche, her Louboutins, her pristine house and the nails she's chipped carrying in the gun she' ...more
Manchester’s criminal underworld are a volatile crowd and Marnie Riches is going to light the blue touch-paper under these powerful gangs and pit them against each other in a battle for supremacy. It is going to be bloody, the players will be treacherous and, in a world where reputation is everything, nobody can afford to show any weakness.
The story will track multiple characters and thei ...more
Born Bad begins with a fantastic description of the female lead character Sheila O’Brien, long suffering wife ...more
This is the equivalent of being grabbed by the throat in the pouring rain and trying to struggle out of a headlock whilst your feet flay about and your arms wave for help that will never come….If you want a dark view of Manchester, but a gritty, tripping one all the same this is the book for you. Of course it’s not exactly something the Tourist Board are going to get excited about but the overall feel of this book is gritty realism of ...more
This is a quite graphic description of gang warfare in the North West of England but funnily enough it's a really engaging read. Although the behaviour of the people as a whole is really awful, there are some really touching moments and some really interesting characters; Leviticus Bell being my absolute favourite.
It is a gripping and fast paced read. The characters are driven by money power and control. A great crime thriller. ...more
Loved the characters, even the vile ones and the author has captured the essence of the setting brilliantly.
More please - and soon!
An interesting and fast moving story where the reader likes a number of characters they really shouldn't. Set in Manchester so obviously the author mentions rain every 5 lines, gets a bit predictable! But gritty and twisty, and obviously the start of a new series. ...more
Marnie Riches is the auth ...more