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Nameless [Kindle Edition]

Jessie Keane
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'Gripping Thriller' --Look Magazine

"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

"Jessie Keane's superb thriller which grips from start to finish" --Lancashire Evening Post

"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

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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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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Sep 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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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLINDING! 5 Sep 2012
By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER
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<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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too many mistakes and coincidences 4 Aug 2014
By Ian C
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This was a good story and the style was easy to read. However, I found it had a number of shortcomings that spoilt the book for me:

The coincidences that were needed to keep the plot running were too frequent and simply too unbelievable. A book should have some internal logic, but too often here a new character would pop up (and then disappear again) or a coincidence would occur to move the plot in a different direction.

Factually it is all over the place. To non-Londoners it might no make much difference that Fulham is not in the East End near the docks, but why not check where it is. And England did definitely not win the World Cup in 1967!

Finally, the language used seems to be stuck in the 21st century, when the book is set between the 1940s and 1970s. For example, two of the main characters are said to have avoided the draft (an American term relating to the specific way their national service works) as opposed to the call up or conscription. One particular word is used throughout as a foul swear word and yet until the last few years it was no more than name-calling and mild enough to have been said by Barbara Good in The Good Life.

These may seem like minor points, but are only a few examples, and would put me off reading further books from this author.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Sep 2012
By Joanne
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Just finished this book - As usual Jessie Keane has outdone herself. It was incredible, could not put it down! Highly recommended.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT 7 Sep 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a Read 4 Feb 2013
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Having read a number of Jessie's books this wasn't what I expected. Set in the 1920's and covering up to around 1975. We start the book reading of the main characters demise. I have to admit that it took me a while to get in to this book and I actually re-read the first chapter twice. However, it was well worth persevering with.

It wasn't long before the magic was worked and the characters really started to work. The main character Ruby, lives a rags to riches life but the path she travels is filled with violence, anguish, torment and finally love before her world is blown apart again. This is a gritty and gripping story with wonderful characters that you eithwe love or hate. Or even love to hate.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 31 Oct 2012
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Highly recommended - such a great story. I couldn't put it down!

My first time reading Jessie Keane's work so can't compare to her other books but if you like a fast paced clever story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, read nameless!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read, but by no means brilliant. 17 Oct 2012
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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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