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Billie Jo
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2008
This was a fantastic book, I can't wait for her next one. This reminded me of Martina cole's earlier books. Very well written and realistic which I thoroughly enjoyed. Well done to the author on her first book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2008
Really enjoyed this book, got to know the characters in the novel and loved the ending. Look forward to the next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
~Story~

Billie Jo is an only child and is loved and adored by her father Terry. Terry and Michelle have been married for years and Terry is a well known villain in the area. Their marriage is far from perfect and their constant arguments are cause for concern to Billie Jo. Terry decides to confide in his young daughter that she won't have to put up with her drunk and waste of space mother for too long as he has met somebody else. Terry is involved with his secretary and she is pregnant and he is determined to start afresh. Life is about to deal Terry a blow and it will shatter Billie Jo's life.

~Opinion~

Shockingly I only picked up my first Kimberley Chambers book at the end of last month. Since then I have gone and brought her first two books and devoured them both. The Betrayer was Kimberley's 3rd book and was a first class read. Her second book published Born Evil I loved but it wasn't a patch on The Betrayer. Seeing as Billie Jo was her debut novel I knew I would enjoy it but figured it wouldn't be as good as her more recent stuff. It is obvious to me whilst reading her books that her writing got better and better with each book she produced. I cannot wait to get stuck into The Feud which is her fourth release. I think I didn't give KC enough credit as this book was a corker too.

Her writing style like I have said before is NOT for the feint hearted. If you don't like swearing then her books are a definite no-no. Her debut novel starts out by introducing us to Billie Jo Keane is a young girl who has to deal with her parents constantly arguing. Not only that, but her mother is a drinker who doesn't care for Billie Jo and thinks only of herself. Within the first 30-40 pages I was enthralled by this eclectic mix of a family. The author has a great way of getting you into their lives very quickly and you feel a certain empathy with people very quickly.

Just as I was getting my teeth into the beginning of the story a shocking twist is thrown straight at you, and was one that I didn't see coming. If I'm honest it threw me off balance and I wondered how the story would carry on. Thankfully I couldn't have been more wrong and you soon realise that this event is the catalyst for Billie Jo's life events.

The story is stretched over a few years and we see large segments of peoples lives lived and the outcome of each bad decision made. In the first third of the book I (as usual) had my favourites and the ones that I loathed. What surprised me is that I didn't realise just how much that opinion would change by the end of the book.

The story itself is like I said pretty fast paced and with the initial shocking twist I wasn't expecting too many surprises. Although there weren't any major plot twists I was quite surprised how things eventually turned out. This book, like the other two I read were everything I want from a great crime read; characters that have real strong personalities, great settings with real authenticity, and a great plot. Kimberley Chambers can do no wrong in my eyes; she is a serious contender for becoming the number one British Crime writer this year. She is showing the public what crime writing should be about and I would imagine making a few of the `old-timers' quake in their boots.

Highly recommended author, if you haven't read her before give her a go and start at the beginning with Billie Jo, you won't be disappointed.

MY STAR RATING: 9/10
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2008
brill brill what can i say read it in 2 days could nt put it down.

the style of writing is like the old books that martina used to write(the ladkillers the runaway) brilliant

got the next book ordered already

if you have not read it do so you will not regret it i promise!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 21 March 2009
THIS WAS A FANTASTIC BOOK I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN THE STORY WAS GRIPPING AND WELL WRITTEN KIMBERLY HAS A WELL WRITTEN UNDERSTANDING OF A VIOLENT UNDERWORLD A DEFINATE MUST READ FOR ALL KIMBERLY CHAMBERS FANS AND MARTINA COLE FANS
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What a brilliant first novel. The characters are all very real and lifelike to any reader. As someone who was born in London's east end, I am sure that I know people just like the characters portrayed. This book had me totally immersed and I finally read the last page at 3am.
I already have novel no. 2 on order. In my opinion this is very much like Martina Cole's early novels. I hope there are many more in the pipeline as I know that I will be a committed fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2012
This is my first encounter with Kimberley Chambers. I love Mandasue Heller and Martina Cole and was told if I like them I will like this lady, well they weren't wrong. The writing is not the same as Martina (I still like her but in recent time have found things a little samey), but like the other authors mentioned she spins a gritty crime story that pulls you in pretty much from the get go.

Billie Jo is a young girl who dotes on her dad, her mum is a booze addled horrible woman who has little time for Billie Jo and filled with hate. After an untimely accident their lives are changed and Billie Jo falls for a man who seems to good to be true. What follows is a gritty tale of lies, deceit, sex, drugs and betrayal.

I really found it hard to put this book down, (seriously, I was to be up early for work and 2am was still reading, I was so engrossed) the writing isn't the best I have read but this was the authors first book and the story overshadows any small blips you might come up against. She has a talent that is evident from very early on in the book and the characters (whether you are rooting for them or wanting to deck them) are strong and well shaped. I have another book by this author (I, for once am going to follow the sequence of when they were wrote) and it won't be my last, 4/5 for me this time. P.s this cover isn't the same as the one I have (mine is listed as the kindle cover for some reason).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2008
When I first started reading the book I thought it was a bit slow and predictable...by chapter four I loved it and was enchanted by the charecters! Not bad for a first time book and certainly worth a read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 October 2009
First time I have read one of Kimberley Chambers' books and found it to be a most enjoyable read. Will definitely be adding her to my list of must read authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2009
What a fantastic book! I was recommended it by one of my friends and was thoroughly hooked on it from the moment I started it! (I soon finished it in 2 days!) So well written..... Ms Chambers has really hit the spot with this. The characters are frighteningly believable, the storyline totally gripping, and the style of writing is brilliant! Watch out Martina....... Kimberley Chambers has hit the ground running!!!
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