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Mandasue Heller
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Book Description

19 July 2012

It's a world where crime is almost respectable - until passion ignites a disaster.

Things start going wrong the day Johnny Conroy meets Ruth Hynes. He just wants to show his mates that he can pull hard-man Frankie Hynes' daughter, but before he knows it he is part of the Hynes family. And the Hynes family business, which is stealing cars. And there is no way he is ever going to get out of the marriage or the business alive . . .

The only good thing in their hellhole of a marriage is his daughter Angel, as nice as her name and as innocent. And the only thing keeping Johnny sane is his secret life.

But then Angel grows up and meets Johnny's new employee Ryan. He loves Angel - but the family secrets involve him, too. And they are about to explode.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340960116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340960110
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, seventies soul cover bands and blues jam bands.

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LOST ANGEL is a shining example of the rule that the best crime fiction isn't just about crime; it's also about family, relationships, love . . . and hate. From The Godfather to The Sopranos, these are the stories that grip us most intensely. And Heller is at the top of her game with this one -- it's captivating from first page to last. (Jeffery Deaver)

'Domestic baggage has never been so deadly.' (Daily Mirror)

'Lost Angel is a shining example of the rule that the best crime fiction isn't just about crime; it's also about family, relationships, love . . . and hate. From The Godfather to The Sopranos, these are the stories that grip us most intensely. And Heller is at the top of her game with this one -- it's captivating from first page to last.' (Jeffery Deaver)

A hectic pace . . will please fans of Martina Cole. (Bella)

'A hectic pace . . will please fans of Martina Cole.' (Bella)

Domestic baggage has never been so deadly. (Daily Mirror)

'What a brilliant read, I could have devoured it in one sitting. It is a total page turner, good paced, action, lies, secrets, betrayal.' (alwaysreading.net)

Mandasue has played a real blinder with this fantastic novel. (Martina Cole on FORGET ME NOT)

Cracking page-turner . . . a gritty compassionate account of life on the margins. (Manchester Evening News on FORGET ME NOT)

'All those Mandasue Heller fans will certainly not be disappointed as we see her make a return to her brilliant skills as an absolutely exceptional writer. This one is certainly a book you will want to get your hands on as soon as it's released and I for one recommend it highly. 5/5' (bestcrimebooks.co.uk)

'[LOST ANGEL] had me captivated . . . Recommended!' (notesoflife.co.uk)

'A cracking read that will chill you to the bone.' (Sun on TWO-FACED)

'One of the bad girls of gritty crime, Heller has written a blinder.' (Daily Mirror on TWO-FACED)

'A glamorous nightclub hides a seedy underworld that Heller knows only too well.' (Daily Express on THE CLUB)

Gripping . . . powerful writing. (Scotland on Sunday on FORGET ME NOT)

What a brilliant read, I could have devoured it in one sitting. It is a total page turner, good paced, action, lies, secrets, betrayal. (alwaysreading.net)

All those Mandasue Heller fans will certainly not be disappointed as we see her make a return to her brilliant skills as an absolutely exceptional writer. This one is certainly a book you will want to get your hands on as soon as it's released and I for one recommend it highly. 5/5 (bestcrimebooks.co.uk)

[LOST ANGEL] had me captivated . . . Recommended! (Notesoflife.co.uk)

The characters are believable, as is the plot and it's told at a pace that lets the story unfold without being too quick or too slow . . . a well written book that I found hard to put down once started. (Shots)

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Set in Manchester's criminal underworld, Mandasue Heller's new thriller is a spellbinding story of young love and old scores.


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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! 13 April 2012
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all of Mandasue Heller's books and would definitely consider myself a fan. Having said that I haven't loved every book, it almost seems like I either love it or just don't like it at all. Her last book The Driver I seemed to struggle with
but the previous book Two-Faced I loved. With all that in mind I was excited to read her new book but apprehensive to see whether I would like it. Many people over the last few years have compared her to the likes of Martina Cole and this book just proves that she is in my opinion better than Martina Cole.

Johnny Conroy is a young lad who is typically enjoying life and when he meets Ruth Hynes he takes his chances. What he doesn't account for is that the infamous hard man Frankie Hynes daughter will fall pregnant. Before he knows it he is part of the Hynes lives and is married with a baby on the way.

The first portion of the book is like Mandasue's early books and was absolutely brilliant. We meet Ruth and her parents Frankie and Rita. Johnny, for all his faults, is a great character and before long you can't help feeling sorry for his sudden immersion into Frankie Hyne's business and his gloomy marriage to Ruth.

The book moves on over the years and in total we see Johnny's life over twenty years. There was something easy to read about the way it was written and we see enough of what goes on in blocks of time, to make you feel like you are moving in time along with the family.

Johnny's daughter Angel comes along and becomes the light of Johnny's life and all the time he is constantly progressing and improving the family business. Along the way we see Johnny's friend Dave and Ruth's cousin Lisa integrate themselves into the story making for some extra added story threads.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, read it in one night 8 April 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Brilliant book, massive difference from the last book The Driver which very much lacked the usual Heller theme and captivation. This book is a great read, although a little predictive at times...it doesnt take away from the story and still captivates the reader. Good characters too and very faced paced, a few loose ends left untied at the end when the epilogue is reached but still a good book, im sure you'll enjoy it
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read! 23 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Thouroughly brilliant read ! Lost Angel had me awake into the small hours to finish it - fast paced plot that grips the reader, I couldn't put it down! It feels different to read as it is a 'straight through' story without referring back to other incidents or concurrent stories, refreshing for the reader.
I haven't read all Mandasue's work but having read The Driver, I was eager to read her new book and pleasantly suprised by how different it was. I will be catching up with her other work now.
Will be waiting for her new book - get scribing Mandasue!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOST ANGEL 24 May 2012
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Mandasue Heller's latest novel will not fail to please regular readers, but is highly recommended to new readers as well. I think I have read all her novels and would definitely rate this as one of her finest yet. There were twists and turns constantly, and Heller keeps the reader on the edge of their seat right to the very end of this one. I found it hard to put down as each new twist in the story unfolded. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mandasue does it again....Brilliant 10 May 2012
Format:Hardcover
I have read all of Mandasue's books, and have to say Lost Angel is her best to date. Lost angel manages to keep the reader engrossed to the last page, in my case I read it in a day, as I did not want to put it down. Mandasue manages to keep the story flowing throughout, so no need to skip bits out. The characters are well written and believable. Towards the end of the book I did wonder where lost Angel was heading, and then came the shocking twist, brilliant and well thought out. If you read one book this summer, make sure you read Lost Angel you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic read 16 April 2012
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When I started reading this book I was hooked and very reluctant to stop reading. Its is Mandasue Heller at her best. The suspense in the book keeps you guessing. The characters were well developed. The only criticism I have is the ending could have been better explained. I hate giving away plots of storylines but I highly recommend this book to all Martina Cole fans - this is how it should be done.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 25 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
story keeps u gripped throughout and u really care about the characters. like martina cole's early stuff ie when she was really good.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 26 May 2012
By Paula
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What can i say another brilliant book By Mandasue Heller read it in 1 day couldnt put it down dragged me right in then left me wanting more at the end :-) A must read
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