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Nameless (Annie Carter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jessie Keane
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Book Description

Growing up in the war-torn backstreets of the East End, Ruby Darke, mixed-race and hated by her family, is determined not to become embroiled in a life of crime like her two brothers. After a disastrous affair with Cornelius Bray, a handsome peer of the realm with dubious underworld connections, Ruby gives birth to illegitimate twins who are taken from her at birth: Daisy, born white, is taken to be raised in luxury by Cornelius and his wife, but the son is dark-skinned like Ruby and is taken by Ruby's brother, Charlie, to be ‘disposed of’. Years pass, but still Ruby can’t forget her babies. Desperate to trace her son, Ruby forms an alliance with big-time crook Michael Ward, who says he can help her. But Ruby’s frantic efforts to be reunited with her son and daughter soon put her in the firing line of a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants . . .

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    Gripping Thriller (Look Magazine)

    Fans of Martina Cole will enjoy Nameless (Daily Express)

    This is a fast-moving story full of drama with a lot of twists and turns. If you like Martina Cole, you'll love Jessie Keane (Bella)

    THIS WEEK'S HOT READ...This book combines tales of gangster underworld with history, romance and a little bit of mystery too (Woman)

    fast moving, intriguing and a jolly good read (Shropshire Star)

    Fans of Martina Cole should try Keane's tough gangster family sagas. They'll love her latest which introduces Ruby Darke (The Local (Bourne))

    Jessie Keane gives us a fascinating insight into the rivalries and lifestyles of those who make fortunes out of a criminal way of life and of the lowlifes that carry out their orders. (Lincolnshire Echo)

    This is the sort of competition Martina Cole could do without and if Keane does hit the No. 1 spot it could be handbags, or more likely knuckledusters, at dawn (The Northern Echo)

    The book is incredibly well written and the author allows you to develop a real empathy for the characters... The only disappointment I had was when I had finished the book, I wanted more! This is not the usual sort of material that I would read but I was gripped from the very beginning right through to the end. I would thoroughly recommend it. (

    I didn't want this story to end and it certainly didn't end as expected. The last sting in the tails tears it all apart and the final chapter made me want to shout out in anger and dismay. A brilliant book. I really hope a sequel is written as so many questions are left unanswered. (

    All I can say is that Jessie Keane is a force to be reckoned with in the crime genre now. Not only has she produced a great series (Annie Carter) she has also written some absolutely blinding stand alones. With this latest addition, Jessie Keane is quickly proving herself to be un-stoppable. Nameless has only made me want to read more (I sincerely hope this is going to have a follow up!) and as usual Jessie Keane does not disappoint. BLINDING!!! (

    Nameless is great at proving that a woman's strength should never be underestimated and a mothers love is eternal. I cannot wait for the next book!!!! (

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    They took her children away, and she will fight to the end to get them back . . .

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1139 KB
    • Print Length: 572 pages
    • Publisher: Pan (30 Aug. 2012)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0330538624
    • ISBN-13: 978-0330538626
    • ASIN: B00844Y410
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    More About the Author

    Jessie Keane is the best-selling author of hard-hitting gritty dramas like No 1 Heatseeker Dirty Game, Black Widow, Scarlet Women and Playing Dead - all part of the Annie Carter series - and also Jail Bird starring Lily King, and The Make, starring Gracie Doyle.

    NAMELESS, the 1st Darke family story, was published on August 30th 2012.

    RUTHLESS, the 5th book in the Annie Carter series, was published August 2013.

    LAWLESS, the 2nd book in the Darke family story, is due out in 2014.

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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Sept. 2012
    By nichola
    Format:Kindle Edition
    another fantastic book by Jessie Keane tried to hold back reading it to quickly but ended up finishing it in two days. hope there will be a sequel!
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    43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars BLINDING! 5 Sept. 2012
    By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    <Sighs and scuffs feet> Why? Every time I buy a Jessie Keane I promise myself I will take my time. But no, who am I kidding? I do what I always do, get thoroughly engrossed and then race through the book only to feel disappointed that I have again finished a JK book and now have the long wait until the next one! When I realised that Jessie Keane was introducing a new character I was pretty excited. Having said that, I wasn't sure whether they would live up to the fantastic characters that feature in the Annie Carter series

    In this book we meet Ruby Darke who is a mixed race girl being brought up in War torn London by her abusive father and two elder brothers. While her two elder brothers get involved in the criminal underworld, Daisy works in the family shop and tries her best to keep everybody happy. When she is encouraged to lead a secret life she goes along not knowing that she will be swept off her feet by the dashing aristocrat Cornelius Bray. When she finds herself pregnant and gives birth to twins she is forced into giving them away. What happens next is that the book tells us Ruby's life story. We see her become a success in business but forgo love because of her desperate desire to never be hurt again.

    I was truly engrossed from the very first few pages. Ruby Darke is a young girl with real spirit and you really get a feel for how she is treated in the 40's for being mixed race. Her family are nothing short of awful but it made me feel like I had to keep willing her on in my mind because she was such a likeable girl. Every few chapters there would be a slight time change and the years start to progress and we see how each passing year changes things for her.
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    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but by no means brilliant. 17 Oct. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I was urged to read this novel by its five star reviews, but in my opinion it fell short of the praise. The plot was interesting, and I was left wanting to read on, however, I found the writing to be less than average with more than its fair share of cliches and lazy adverbs. Some of the dialogue left me cringing, or laughing, as it felt contrived and unnatural. The writer for the most part was telling rather than showing, and in some cases stating the obvious. However, there were a few bursts of style in the prose, and the idea behind the book was intriguing, although missing a few surprises, twists and turns.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars She's done it again... 2 Jun. 2013
    By BookAddictShaun TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    Is it possible for this woman to write a bad book? I actually think this book is better than the Annie Carter books. I could easily have read this in a day but I didn't have the time unfortunately, but it is a book that you will not want to put down until you have reached the final page.

    The book tells the story of Ruby Darke who you can't help but like. I don't think she was as good a character as Annie Carter but she was a very likeable character who just couldn't overcome the problems she faced with her family at home. It's hard to talk about this book without giving spoilers away but even though certain parts of the story were obvious (and I think that was intentional because it was too obvious not to be), the story flowed really well but it was kind of annoying that certain characters didn't work certain things out earlier but then the book wouldn't have had much of a story if they did. But you'll work that gobbledegook out when you read it! It was kind of similar to Playing Dead where it was obvious what was happening. It was just mad how real this story could be.

    Jessie says she has had the idea for this book for a while and what she has ended up with is a cast of characters which could easily have their stories continued in future books, I certainly would love to read about Ruby, Daisy and Kit again and see where they go in the future. In fact I would say that certain parts of this book were possibly a bit rushed and could have actually been dragged out/carried on in future books. But Jessie is a fantastic author and I would say that this book is one of her best, but it's hard to say that as they are all fantastic. I just hope that she can continue to write these five star books and never loses her way unlike other authors of this genre.

    An absolutely fantastic book that you would be mad not to read.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars fab-u-lous brillant. 8 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    want more and more no words can describe how brillant this book is. read in 3 day couldn't put it down., read all jessie keane must be one of the your heart out martina cole
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Long winded 18 Jan. 2015
    By Zoe
    I plodded through the chapters without being particularly gripped but enjoyed the plot nonetheless. I do feel that this went on for far, far too long which did result in loss of interest toward the end. This would have been better off packed into half the amount of pages with added suspense and action. Very long winded and not overly exciting but good writing from Jessie Keane.
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    19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 7 Sept. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Well what can I say, This book was fantastic from start to finish, her best yet,
    Not too long till the next one PLEASeE.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Nameless 27 Aug. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I only recently began to read books by Jessie Keane. I started with the Annie Carter books and thought they were brilliant. Real page turners, so intense and filled with hate, love and fantastic characters. A lot to live up to. Unfortunately, for me, this book didn't come close. A good read with a bitter sweet ending though.
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