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The Lonely Hearts Crime Club

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  40 reviews
An elderly resident of an inner-city tower block is brutally attacked and left for dead. Her neighbours, a pregnant alcoholic, a vulnerable youth, a failed actress and a cameraman with a dark secret, are thrown together in their search for answers. Misfits and loners, they are forced to confront uncomfortable realities about themselves and each other, as their investigatio ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Blackbird Digital Books
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I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review!

Yeah, I love me a book with the word crime in the title, so of course, the title of this book spoke to me before the actual synopsis did. So as soon as I managed to get it, I started reading it without too many clues of what is going to happen, because sometimes I choose books after an elaborate synopsis analy
Whispering Stories
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Elderly resident Aggie is attacked in her home on the 19th floor of a block of flats and left for dead, presumably the attacker thought he had killed her. Some of the other residents of the tower block come together to help find out who committed the crime, including, Pregnant alcoholic Ella, Autistic William, Cameraman Ethan and Aggies friend Birdie an aged failed actress.

The team soon realise that they each saw something the night of Aggies a
Eve (Between The Bookends)

description I enjoyed this one. The first 35% was somewhat slow, but once the characters met and interacted, the pace picked up significantly. I also thought the mystery aspect was well done. I didn't see that ending coming AT ALL. The romance reader in me was hoping for a happily ever after between Ethan and Ella, alas we were just left with a tease of something romantic (maybe). What can you do? (lol) It was still an enjoyable story even without that.



Linda Strong
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

This was a slow starter for me. There are lots of characters to sort through. A pregnant alcoholic, a failed actress, a cameraman with a secret, and a youngster come together when an elderly neighbor woman is attacked and left for dead.

They are the misfits that come together in their quest for answers ... answers they might not like. Everyone lies ... even to themselves.

I have to admit ... this was a slow starter for me. Many characters are introduced one right after the
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a lovely tale about a set of very individual misfits with a variety of history, baggage and demons alike who connect over 'doing the right thing' even though they finish very uncomfortable doing so.

I find the writing style of Tanya Bullock so easy to read and find I whizz through the pages devouring the story. Set within the grimy back drop of decay and the colourful lives of very different people this is a story to behold with a warming moral, an unseen outcome and even a dash of hope.
Ness (Vynexa)
I was approved for the eARC of The Lonely Hearts Crime Club via Netgalley. Thank you publishers for this opportunity.

The Lonely Hearts Crime Club follows the perspectives of four people who reside in the same building. One Saturday, their fellow neighbor Aggie is attacked and left for dead in her apartment. The four misfit neighbors get together to figure out who could do such a thing to a poor innocent elderly woman.

The Plot
Apart from the cover, the plot of this UK novel caught my attention. I
Kelli Ann
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
The cast of characters for this book were very interesting in the fact that all of them are severely flawed. When combined they formed a group of misfits similar to those of The Breakfast Club or The Sandlot. Each person brought something different to the "team." The main characters are listed below

Ella-pregnant, 3rd trimester, recovering alcoholic, on her own
Ethan-film maker, orphan, history of anger and hurt
Birdie-failed actress, broke/no job, abandoned by only family member (daughter)
Sandra Leivesley
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, tbc
A group of misfits band together to find out who attacked their elderly neighbour.

The story started off quite slowly as we were introduced to each of the main characters, but as the story went on the pace picked up and I found this an enjoyable quick read, and I certainly didn't see the ending coming! As I got to know more about the main characters I found myself warming to them, and wanting to know a little more about their back story. I found it quite sad in places, but it was great to see how
Steph Lawrence
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My first by this author.
A really interesting book with chapters told from the perspective of four very different characters living in a tower block in the Midlands. It covers mental health, physical/health problems, alcoholism/addictions and learning difficulties. It also shows the work of social services and the problems people can encounter in social housing.
Aggie a resident of the 19th floor is brutally attacked and left for dead. Her neighbours from the 19th floor are, Ella, a pregnant alcoh
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
For a reason I can’t quite put my finger on, this mystery involving tenants in an apartment building is disturbing yet a read I couldn’t put down.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I think The Lonely Hearts Crime Club is a fabulous title and I love the cover. Both compliment this story perfectly.
I was completely engrossed in this book from the very first short, but shocking, chapter. I defy anyone to read that opening chapter and not be instantly gripped!
I love that each chapter of this book is from the perspective of different lead characters. All are very unique, with very different stories. However, they all have one thing in common, they are all lonely an
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I’ll readily admit that inner city tower blocks aren’t my natural milieu – in life or my reading – and had I simply stumbled across this book, with its focus on life’s invisible people, I might not have got past its front cover. But I’m so very glad I did. I thought it was wonderful, its characters so intricately constructed – “pregnant alcoholic”, “failed actress” and “vulnerable youth” are the broad brush, what other people see. The author shows an exceptional ability to build a detailed under ...more
Jane Hunt

A chilling act of violence on a defenceless person is the starting point for 'The Lonely Hearts Crime Club. The setting is a sixties style tower block, mainly used for social housing, The residents all have a story, revealed as the book progresses.

All the characters except one know the victim, they all feel threatened in some respect by what happened. Out of adversity comes a camaraderie that is realistic and poignant. Complex, recognisable, but not stereotypical characters are the driving forc
Leyla Johnson
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book, written with each character given their version what happened, the mystery of the victim becomes, the side story. As I read, I became more and more entangled in the lives of these people living in shelter accommodation. The mystery almost stopped being important and the individual lives took over.
The ending brings it back to the mystery, but one can't stop wanting more about the people.
Well done, well written and intriguing.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Lonely Hearts Crime Club was a thoroughly enjoyable and exciting mystery/ thriller. It was quite an emotional book and it had several twists that I really didn't see coming. The characters were good and well drawn and were the focus of the novel, I would highly recommend this book.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Blackbird Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
Diane Chandler
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I once lived in a tower block on an estate in Salford, and I could immediately visualise myself back there the moment I picked up this novel - the smells, the concrete, the broken lifts, the lack of soul, the downtrodden daily existence. I found the four characters intriguing and also vividly drawn. How often do we get to read about people to whom life has been far from kind? Whether it's a mental health problem, autism, single motherhood or simply a question of acute loneliness ...more
Joanna Powell
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I tore through this in one day, loved the accessible writing style which was beefed up by touching on contemporary issues affecting vulnerable individuals in today's society. Still thinking about the various themes a week later and the who dun it format kept the story exciting rather than drifting into "worthiness" , a fun read that makes you think and challenge your own preconceptions.
Michelle Ryles
Apr 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: galleys-read
This is the second book I've read by Tanya Bullock and whilst very different to Homecoming, it has the same trademark warmth and poignancy that I associate with this author. Tanya Bullock doesn't just write a story, she creates characters of such depth that you easily warm to them and the story remains with you long after you've turned the final page.

What a fantastic cast of characters we have here in The Lonely Hearts Crime Club. The story starts with Aggie being attacked in her own home and ea
Si Braybrooke
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book starts from Ella’s point of view. She’s pregnant, an alcoholic, and has just moved into a flat on floor 19 of the tower block having lived on the streets and in hostels. While her flat might be sparse she’s determined to make a fresh start and having bumped into Aggie, one of her neighbours on the 19th floor she can see that she might be able to finally call this place home.

Then theres Birdie, Aggies best friend and neighbour. She’s a failed actress hoping for her big break, but at 52
Cynthia Austin
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shenstone Tower. Home to an old, senile woman, a pregnant ex addict, an unemployed actress, a cameraman and a highly autistic teenage boy. The Tower is a safe haven for mentally unstable residents to have a chance at a normal, well-balanced life. But when one of their own is assaulted and left for dead, the residents no longer feel safe. They decide to band together and uncover the mystery of who the attacker is. Along the way, they learn the weaknesses of each resident and build a relationship ...more
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I admit I was very frustrated with this book for the first few chapters as I felt it was going nowhere but it picked up nicely and soon made an excellent read. The chapters are short and about one of the characters and their part in the story which is what I found frustrating but as soon as I got to know the individual characters things settled down. I really didn't see the ending of the main story coming although I did see the very last page happening from about mid way through but it still mad ...more
Tracey Jordan
Apr 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant, I couldn’t put it down! Such an easy read with a lovely style of writing. The characters were relatable and it kept me guessing til the end.
I can’t express enough just how much I loved it.
Review to follow on April 15th as part of the Blackbird Digital Books blog tour.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and 1 / 2 stars

This book has a collection of isolated and lonely people.

There is Birdie, an aging actress, who is so stuck on herself that she doesn't see that her behavior is sabotaging her life. There is Ella who is a pregnant alcoholic who until recently lived on the streets. She is afraid of everything and is mourning the loss of her friends on the street. She loves her unborn baby though. And William who is a young man who is very OCD – perhaps even a little on the Asperger's continuum.
Afreen Aftab
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
'The Lonely Hearts Crime Club' is an apt description for the characters in this book and the synopsis was interesting and so I picked this up.

This book took a very long time for me to get through. I think it was mostly because the first 30% or so was comprised mostly of many character studies back-to-back with very little plot progression. All of the chapter titles were names of the character in focus for that chapter followed by the day of the week but everything seemed to meld together because
Apr 11, 2019 rated it liked it
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Read my full review here.

I would like to give a huge thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC for this book in exchange for an honest review. I voluntarily read this book, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was instantly drawn to this book when I first read the title, anything that has the word “crime” in it will interest me. And I’m always in the mood for a mystery, but this novel wasn’t as good I thought it would be.

The first chapter was really interesting and I
Laura Hanna-White
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

This was a really slow burner. The story is told from the perspective of four characters, which I usually quite like, and Bullock did a good job delving into the minds of the characters.
The first part of the book was based around these characters' back stories, with the attack on their neighbour more being a side plot that was loosely holding things together.
As the book progressed, we learned a lot more about the c
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I do so love a limited-characters-cosy-crime scenario - it’s not easy to do well and in an original way, but this one is just fabulous.
Set in a social housing tower block we get to know the main characters bit by bit through their own eyes - there’s a pregnant ex-addict trying to make a better life for her unborn baby, a middle aged failed actress, a wedding film-maker with temper issues and an autistic young men living on his own for the first time. Their lives collide amidst a violent attack c
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it

The beginning was really slow but the writing is really good, so it kept me curious about the mystery that occurred on the 19th floor in an apartment block. The perspective switches between four characters, the chapters are not too lengthy and therefore made reading this one super quick. The characters are partly developed. I wish the author dug deeper into their past. A memory here, a thought there but overall very shallow. You can grasp the reasons behind their behavior and character but th
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It’s a quick read. Spent about 2 hours reading this. The book spans over a short amount of time, but you can see the character growth, especially William. Having 4 POV works well in this book. Half of the book is getting to now these 4 people and their background, the remaining 50% is them interacting with each other and watching the
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Tanya Bullock is a college lecturer, writer and award-winning filmmaker. She lives in the UK with her husband and two young children. She has a passion for foreign culture and languages (inherited from her French mother) and, in her youth, travelled extensively throughout Australia, America, Asia and Europe. As a filmmaker, she has gained local recognition, including funding and regional televisio ...more