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The Schemer [Paperback]

Kimberley Chambers
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Book Description

21 Jun 2012

The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.

It’s 1983 and Stephanie Crouch’s life is dull. She is desperate to escape the run-down, pokey council house she shares with her overbearing family, but at fourteen years old she has nowhere to go.

When Stephanie meets East End wide-boy Barry, his cockney charm and quick tongue soon have her head over heels in love. Finally Stephanie feels like her dreary life is on the up. But too young to control their fate, Stephanie and Barry are torn apart when he is whisked away to Spain by his family.

Lonely and heartbroken Stephanie turns to Barry’s childhood friend Wayne for comfort, and their friendship soon blossoms into romance, leaving Barry fuming and promising revenge…

Ten years later Barry returns to England. Within one month Stephanie's happy world with Wayne is turned upside down. People immediately start to point the finger of accusation at Barry, but is he the one to blame?

Or, should Stephanie look elsewhere to find the schemer who has ruined her life?

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (21 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007435010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007435012
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (204 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Kimberley Chambers:

‘Easily as good as Martina Cole’ News of the World

‘Brilliantly delivers a story of violence, treachery and family ties… Easy to read and hard to put down’ News of the World

‘[a] faced-paced tale with gritty authenticity’ The Guardian

About the Author

Kimberley Chambers lives in Romford and has been, at various times, a disc jockey and a street trader. She is now a full-time writer and is the author of six previous novels.

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102 of 104 people found the following review helpful
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Well, well, well. When I realised that I was getting my hands on an early edition of Kimberley Chambers new book, to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement. For the benefit of those that haven't maybe read her books before you may want to know a bit more. Kim wrote and published her first book Billie Jo back in 2008. She then went on to write another two books before releasing the first in a series of books (The Feud being the first) featuring the O'Hara and Mitchell family. The release of The Victim (the third in that series) in 2011 was an absolutely brilliant book and I couldn't have imagined she could ever top the characters she had created, but somehow she has. Kimberley Chambers has made a niche for herself and is now in my opinion as good as (if not better) that the more infamous British crime writers such as Martina Cole.

Sadly, many people have never heard of her and this is where people like me come in. My one true love is reading, and when you find a writer like Kim that writes books as good as hers you feel the need to share it with people. No, I am not paid by Kim or her publicists; I am just a true crime book lover. If you want a typically English bit of grit with a few gangsters thrown in then these are the books you should be reading.

The Schemer starts off by introducing us to Stephanie Crouch in the eighties. The first few pages had me laughing and reminiscing at the same time as Kim's descriptions of being a teenager at that time was absolutely spot on. It had the kind of feel that the new release of the film The Firm had. We get to see her older sister Angela and her mum living in their grotty council house with the rather colourful characters that live in their road!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT 2 May 2012
By Mrs. C. Swarfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a fantastic book. I absolutely loved it, in fact l could not put it down - l really did not think
Kimberley could better her previous novels they are fabulous too - but this dare l say it is her best yet.
She has got everything just right - she describes the eighties as if we are living through them again, the
plot is tremendous and even though her characters are mostly rogues you cannot help liking them and even
empathising with them the way she portrays tham. Stephanie and Barry -star crossed childhood sweethearts,
add to the mix a evil younger sister, an over protective mother an aunt who suffers from dwarfism and thats
just the beginning. I think that Kimberley Chambers is without doubt the best female crime writer to come
out of the UK in a verylong time.

I recommend this book to all crime readers as well as everyone who likes a good read with a well researched
plot - it will have you laughing out loud and gasping with shock at the same time.

I only wish l could rate it 10 stars because like all her books it merits it. Well done Kimberley you have
played a blinder.....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read from Kim Chambers !!! 3 July 2012
Again a fantastic read, having read all kim's book before I found this one different to the other's but still as good! A total page turner hence match sticks for eye lids next day as I really couldn't put it down well done and I look forward to jan 2013 when the next book is out!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 80s bought back to life 21 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Schemer tells the interlinking stories of many pairings - childhood friends Stephanie and Tammy, wideboys Wayne and Barry, teenage sweethearts Stephanie and Barry, husband and wife Stephanie and Wayne - and how their relationships change and grow over time. It is also the story of how a doomed teenage romance shapes the lives of those involved, both at the time and for many years to come.

For me the real strength of the novel lies in its dialogue and setting. As a teenager in the 80s I went to school with real people who were just like the main characters, and I could easily visualise the wardrobes and hairstyles they would have had. the vibrancy of the settings and characterisations drive the novel when the plot becomes a little thin. The twists and turns were fairly predictable, but the coloufulness of the protagonists and the sense of place and time carried the story along and made it a fun summer read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dont Judge a book... 26 Aug 2013
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Well i honestly didn`t think this was going to be my cup of tea, set in Essex, Chavs came to mind!

Wrong to draw early conclusions i know and it was far from it.

You get instantly drawn in to the characters mainly set around Stephanie and her first boyfriend Barry.

It starts off in the 80`s and i laughed as it brought to mind growing up as a teenager, first loves and adventures. You get to know their families, and the roads they grew up in, and read about the comings and goings of the people living in the street.

Some quite savoury characters too. Barry`s mom in particular had me in stitches and i could well imagine `Marlene`s` antics and foul language at times, curtain twitching and her being more entertaining than watching the telly.

An overbearing mother, an evil sister, her aunt born with Dwarfism and a rogue of a boyfriend.

All the makings of a good plot, 10 years on and it really hots up, i couldn`t put the book down, characters that you grew to like , you start to hate, twists and turns with every chapter.

Revenge is sweet, happy endings its not, and i didn`t guess the ending either. A great book and an author i will wait in anticipation for her next instalment. I will check out her previous books also!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant...
Another very good read from Kimberly chambers.i just love her books and this one is absolutely brilliant.can't believe got to wait till February next year for her next book.
Published 3 days ago by lennybenny
3.0 out of 5 stars The Schemer. After just finding this author with PayBack I thought I'd...
After just finding this author with PayBack (which was great by the way). I thought I'd try some of her other books as when I'm waiting for something new from Martina Cole. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mr. P. A. Merchant
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
Not brilliant but one of those books that you have to finish once you start, the read the others to find out how it ends
Published 7 days ago by pamela bell
5.0 out of 5 stars The schemer
Another excellent griping story. Loved the twist at the end!

Kimberley Chambers has done it again. Can't wait to read her next book.
Published 8 days ago by Cecelia Ahern
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Could not put this book down . Twisted end . Look forward to reading her other novels . Hope they are as good
Published 12 days ago by jean1956
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Another 5 star book from Kimberley Chambers. Thought I had worked out the ending, how wrong was I. Cannot wait to start reading the next book.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The schemer
My God what a book, I couldn't put it down, I was horrified and crying of laughter at the antics of Marlene and Madge, I so loved these characters, when reading miss chambers books... Read more
Published 24 days ago by LYNN TALBOT
5.0 out of 5 stars Please let there be a follow on all I can really say! I bought this last night and have just finished, could not put it down! Really hope there's a following story.... Read more
Published 29 days ago by KC fan
5.0 out of 5 stars move over martina
better than Martina Cole with better stories not just about gangs have all ready down loaded payback love all her books
Published 1 month ago by e king
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading!
A thoroughly good read. Fast paced. Loved the characters. I was reading well into the early hours because I didn't want to put it down!
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