Afternoon lovelies. I hope you’re all doing well and had a good week. Today I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour for Amber by Heather Burnside; a brilliant, gritty, dark, and hard-hitting crime thriller…..
NOBODY TO CALL
With a mother unfit for purpose and a brother who despises her, working girl Amber can rely on no one but herself – until the meanest pimp in Manchester, Kevin Pike, offers her his protection. Unfortunately, this attracts the fury of Cora, a prostitute no one wants to get on the wrong side of…
NOWHERE TO HIDE
When Cora is found strangled to death, the late-night city streets feel increasingly exposed with a killer on the loose. And as Amber grows closer to Kevin, she realises his security comes at a price she might not be willing to pay…
NOTHING TO LOSE
Amber is frozen in fear, knowing one wrong move will risk her life. But then she discovers a horrifying secret that forces her to choose: stay or run?
Publisher: Aria (1 April 2021)
Available in: Paperback and eBook. Available on Kindle Unlimited
Amber is a working girl on the tough streets on Manchester. Young and used to a life of hardship and prostitution, Amber does what she has to do to survive. The streets are a tough place and after an attack, she accepts the protection of a renowned pimp, Kev. And with one of the other girls getting murdered, everyone needs to be careful. But is she as safe as she thinks…..?
This is a raw, gritty and dark book but I really enjoyed it. The author starts with a letter at the beginning of the book explaining her feelings on writing it and the elements of abuse that are covered. The abuse that happens make for an uncomfortable read at times, but the author has managed them well. Sadly, these things happen in real life, and in this book we see the effect it has on Amber throughout her life.
There are some horrible characters in this. Her mother for one! Although she has experienced her own tragedy and hardships, the decisions she makes in this are despicable. At first, she does what she has to do to survive and for her children, but this changes as time moves on and what happens will shock and disgust you. Her brother is another one – he could make things so different but chooses not to. There are also plenty of other characters that will make your skin crawl and make you angry. On the other hand, I couldn’t help but love Amber. She has been through so much and underneath is just a vulnerable young woman. She deserves so much more than she got from life – but will things eventually change for her? (You’ll have to read to find out!). There are some other characters in this too that are all heart, and only do what they do because they have no choice, and you will love them too.
The story is told from two different times. One from the past and one from the present (or around it). Despite the fact that some of the story will make your hairs stand on end, I was gripped and wanted to keep turning the pages. The author does a fantastic job of setting the scene exactly how it should be, and in bringing out all sorts of emotions. I felt anger, sadness, disgust, pity and joy – a real rollercoaster of emotions!
Although this is book 4 in The Working Girls series, this can easily be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first three books but definitely want to go back and read them now! I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it – the writing style, the plot, the setting and the characters. The only thing I found at times was that I had reorientate myself where the chapters flit from time to time, but that didn’t take much to do!
Overall, a brilliant crime thriller that will bring out so many different emotions in you and have you hooked. I will definitely be reading more from this author! So if you’re a crime thriller fan, or want something dark and gritty to read, then go and check this out. Highly recommended by me.
About the author
Heather Burnside spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester and she draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels.
After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester, which she shares with her two grown-up children.
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Thank you to Aria, the author and NetGalley for a copy of the book. All views and opinions are my own.
If you’ve read this or any others in the series I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
Have a lovely rest of the weekend