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Tainted Lives

Tainted Lives [Kindle Edition]

Mandasue Heller
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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'Mandasue has played a real blinder with this fantastic novel' (Martina Cole on Forget Me Not)

'A cracking page-turner' (Manchester Evening News on Forget Me Not)

'Powerful writing' (Scotland on Sunday on Forget Me Not)

'Alarming and beguiling' (The Scotsman on The Front)

Book Description

Three abandoned children grow up to face even worse as adults, in the exhilarating new thriller from Mandasue Heller.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 571 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340735058
  • Publisher: Hodder; New Ed edition (23 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340735058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340735053
  • ASIN: B002V091IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,014 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Move over Martina Cole!!!!!!!
I have read all of Martinas books and this is the first I have read by this author and I have absolutely enjoyed it infact I am at a loss now cos I read it so quickly as I just couldnt put it down. I cannot wait for my other two books by this author to arrive. To all Martina Cole fans read and enjoy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tainted Lives 27 Jan 2011
I was hooked after half a page - it was pacy, gritty and honest. No punches pulled, no make believe, no fanasy world.

This was my first time reading Mandasue Heller - it is usually Martina Cole, Lynda La Plante - both good and addictive, but Mandasue Heller suits me fine. She writes about Manchester, council estates and a life I can empathise with as I come from northern England (40 miles south of Manchester), raised in a 'dubious' area and lived on a council etate and with 19 years working in the Probation Service she talks my language!

She drove the story of Sarah, Vinnie and Harry brilliantly. The book covers the years 2003 - 1985 - 2003 and tells us about the emotional poverty felt by abandoned children, childrens homes, prostitution and gangs. You want to know what happens to Sarah, Vinnie and Harry, how their lives inter-twine and how sometimes there is no escape from fate.

This is a book which is hard to put down and I relish the thought of the next one I pick up.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Meet Martinas closet competition! 15 Oct 2004
By A Customer
I read this book in two days and as with the previous reviews found Mandasues' style very similar to Martina Cole. I have been looking for an author who's style was similar to Martinas for ages as I have read all of Martinas books twice and was getting fed up waiting for "The Graft".
If you are in a similar situation... fear not...for Heller is fantastic!
I felt a great amount of sadness for her "ugly Ducling" character, Harry Shaw and a real hatred for the villan of the novel!
I will definately be reading more from Mandasue.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Pixie
This is the first book I have read by this author, I was previously a Martina Cole fan but feel she has totally "lost the plot".
I recently noticed a book with a similar title and bought it and I can thoroughly recommend that one too, "Tarnished Lives Tainted Dreams" by Claire Montgomery.
I bought it and cannot recommend that highly enough, give it a try!
Meanwhile I look forward to reading more Mandasue.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 12 Dec 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Read this book in 2 days!! Just couldn't put it down. Very similar to Martina Coles. Very believable characters and plot. One of those books you just have to keep on reading to the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 3 Dec 2010
This isn't usually my kind of novel, but my friend entrusted me with a box of books to take to the charity shop and this one never quite made it!

I loved the characters, the pace, the detail and the very satisfying end. I loved Sarah's character especially, a young, complex, independent, empowered female who very nearly almost lets someone get one over on her...but comes storming back magnificently!

My only complaint would be the lack of follow up on the Mark Chambers character. Without creating any spoilers, surely what he endured at the hands of the villan was worth revisiting towards the end of the book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a novel!!! 26 Dec 2009
Fast paced, gripping, bursting with action, thrills and gritty drama!
This book couldnt be any better - I have read and own a fair few of Mandasue Heller's books and throughly enjoy them (which I found strange at first as I can't get into Martina Cole's books)
This is honest and full felt in regards to the description that she goes into with the children's home and emotion attached.
I especially liked the fact that she concentrated on the characters most important parts by writing with a 10 year gap to bring it up to speed and got quickly to the point and also introduced powerful characters
The only let down was the end where I think more detail couldve been injected to the scene where Vinnie gets caught by Glen and Sarah - I think this part was rushed and not as hard hitting or descriptive as it couldve been!

But a good book none the less my favourite so far!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars martina cole mark2 12 Feb 2004
By A Customer
This is a very gripping book! the author writes in a similar style to martina cole( when martina cole was at her best, like ladykiller etc...)The female character goes through a terrible life but you don't really feel any sympathy for her, I didn't really like her, all the same though it's fast paced and a very exiting read.
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