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Sugar & Spice [Kindle Edition]

Saffina Desforges
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)

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Book Description

~ 2014 Amazon China #1 bestseller
~ International iTunes Breakout Book of 2013 & current iTunes chart-topper
~ Amazon #1 (in Police, Thrillers & Hard-Boiled (UK) & overall #2 in chart)
~ The 11th biggest-selling ebook of 2011 (UK)
~ Waterstones online #1 Thriller
~ A 'Red Adept' mystery prize winner 2011
~ A (translated) French hardback & digital bestseller

"Outstanding - compares well to any P.D. James novel." - An American Editor

"An unsettling read with echoes of Mo Hayder." -

SUGAR & SPICE is the crime thriller agents called "the last taboo". Based on research and details from the case of notorious murderer, Robert Black and his capture, Sugar & Spice was deemed "Too controversial for the British market." 

Over half a million worldwide readers thought otherwise. (Worldwide sales are now in excess of 325,000 copies and 'the book that no-one would touch' has been downloaded free online more than 100,000 times) - Make your own mind up.

Would you trust a convicted sex offender to help you find your daughter's killer? Claire did...Inspired by a news story of a man who begged the courts to give him a longer sentence, because he knew he would harm again if released without treatment, Sugar & Spice is meticulously researched, asking the questions society prefers not to have answered. At once disquieting and challenging, Sugar & Spice is car-crash reading. Be warned: In Sugar & Spice not all things are nice...

Everyone has demons. What happens when they won't stay quiet any longer?

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Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1083 KB
  • Print Length: 495 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AYDK22
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

In December 2010, Saffina Desforges uploaded a book to Amazon that agents and publishers 'loved, but daren't touch'. Some hailed it as 'the last taboo'.

It went on to be the first EVER indie-published book to reach No.2 on the UK Amazon Top 100.

It was the 11th bestselling ebook of 2011 in the UK.

Since then, over HALF A MILLION readers have downloaded it.

Translated and published in France (as PARAPHILIA), it went on to sell over 40,000 copies.

Recently translated and published in China, 'Sugar & Spice' shot to #1 on within two weeks of being released.

It has also been: an International iTunes Breakout Book, Amazon #1 (in Police, Thrillers & Hard-Boiled UK), a Waterstones online #1 Thriller and a 'Red Adept' mystery prize winner 2011.

Why not judge for yourself?

Other titles:


*Sugar & Spice
*Snow White
*Ring-a-ring O'Roses
*The Night before Christmas
*Rose Red crime thriller box-set

Young Adult

*St Mallory's Forever! (YA murder mystery)
*Anca's Story (YA Historical Fiction)
*Saffi does Sherlock (YA Sherlock Holmes series)
*Indigo Kids - (writing as Stevie Jordan) - YA Fantasy/paranormal series.

Coming soon...

*London's Burning (Rose Red Rhyme short story)
*Beauty & the Beast (Book 3 of the Rose Red Crime thriller series)
*First Blood (Book One - Dark Adult Fantasy trilogy)


Represented by Broo Doherty @ DHH Literary Agency, London.

Customer Reviews

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160 of 178 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Found this via Kindle store and downloaded it as it was a cheaper read and I'm so glad I found this author and book. It is just amazing.

The detail and research that have gone into it are outstanding. This makes it a fast, impossible to put down read - up with the likes of Peter James.

However, a word of warning - it is graphic in its detail and its insight into the mind of a paedophile in the character of Greg Randall. This makes it chilling but also makes it believable and realistic, if not also uncomfortable reading in places.

I will certainly look for more by this author in the same genre and would recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written british crime thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 16 Dec. 2012
By Sarah M
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Had this on my Kindle for ages before I read it - and then I couldn't put it down! Starts off slightly disjointed but it is well written and a great story. Definitely worth a read, I am going to check out other books by the same author now.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible 12 May 2011
By Nell
Format:Kindle Edition
Well what can I say...I have never felt compelled to write a review until I read this book. The concept was ok but the storyline, characters and conversations were unbelievable and annoying. The met police and social worker interactions were so ridiculous at times I felt like deleting it from my kindle. You don't get to know the characters and as such I felt no emotion towards them. It's only saving grace was it cost me 69p to download. There's probably not a crime writer I haven't read so pleeeease don't waste your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read! 18 Jun. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book based on some of the reviews, some were bad others good..... it provoked an interest to see what all the fuss was all about!

On the negative side, yes the editing left little to be desired! I recommed this author uses someone with more experience next time! Yes the material used makes for uncomfortable reading and I can understand why some people could not finish the book because of this, it is'nt for the faint hearted but it is not overly graphic, but it does make the imagination go to places we would rather it did not venture! Yes the public servants were painted in an very unpleasent way, unfair maybe but this was only a story and although there are bad eggs in every profession it only added to the gritty storyline...

But... on the plus side, the characters were believable, the torment and the fight for the truth in the mother was very real, the story in my mind flowed and i was gripped enough to read to the end despite the sobering and disturbing content. This author has written a powerful story (remember it's a story!) yes some of the plot line may be a tad thin at times but i found the back ground information and the stories within the story quite powerful reading.. I can't say that I enjoyed the book but I can say that I was enthalled enough to want to know how this story ended and it was a conclusive ending.

I would give this book a whirl if you can stomach the content, it's actually worth it and I will be interested to see what this author comes up with next....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched publication 20 April 2013
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Ms. Desforges has produced a riveting crime novel with the added bonus of providing the reader with a largely accurate, thus, informative introduction to several Western paedophilic discourses. A job well done, I look forwarded to reading more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 19 May 2013
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Fantastic read, struggled at first as its not my usual read, but very gripping once got to grips with it, couldn't put it down,
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful book 23 April 2011
By AnneW
Format:Kindle Edition
An awful book, really bad basic writing, ridiculous and unbelievable plot and character actions, flat characterisation, full of cliches, reads like Forensics 101 in places. I only finished it to find out what happened, should have guessed that the ending would be absurd. But the worst thing is that it is full of the most crass stereotypes and prejudices.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is an editor when you need one? 23 April 2011
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Poorly written, full of typos and in desperate need of an editor. Too many long expositions in the guise of dialogue. Dreadful characters acting and speaking in cliche. Some interesting approaches to theme but lost on the way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and spice
Sweet and sour. Genius. Scary and intrigue. Well written. Enjoyed reading very much. Will definitely read more saffina desforges works
Published 19 hours ago by Julie Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 28 days ago by simon maxey
4.0 out of 5 stars Grisly tale
Interesting twists and turns. Quite a good story with a grisly theme - a little unbelievable in places but overall not bad. Not my usual crime genre.
Published 2 months ago by Genieveve
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
in my kindle waiting to be read
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Ronald Cairns
5.0 out of 5 stars Sugar and spice
It's very well researched allowing a mixture of reality and fantasy to be seamlessly evolved, however, the ending is a bit abrupt and contrived. Read more
Published 3 months ago by baggiesboy
1.0 out of 5 stars An ill chosen book for me
I don't usually give up on a book, but I reached a point, about a third of the way through where I thought "what am I doing, reading this". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet E. Dennison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant read
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Yes I enjoyed it but not as much as I wanted
I bought this book because a friend raved over it. Yes I enjoyed it but not as much as I wanted. An enjoyable read but there's better out there.
Published 5 months ago by Mr David James White
3.0 out of 5 stars I am very pleased with my
Does the job. I am very pleased with my purchase
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book loved it
Published 6 months ago by bella200
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