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Trust No One
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2011
This is a tightly constructed, taught thriller with a strong protagonist. Marie Donovan is an undercover officer plunged into a milieu of shifting loyalties and the ever-present threat of extreme violence. As events spiral out of control - some of her own making - she questions her training, her superiors and the motives of the villains (though there are no easy black and white, right and wrong distinctions) - in a bid to stay in the `game'.
The suspense builds nicely and the ending came as a surprise. In many ways it's a small book - in terms of cast of characters and setting - but this only adds to the feeling of claustrophobia. However, Walters spends as much time on the characters - Marie's back story was well done, full of emotional resonance - as on the plot. Okay, some of the baddies might verge on caricatures, but then aren't they in real life?
This is compelling, well-written British crime fiction. If Walters writes another book with Marie Donovan as a protagonist, I'd buy it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2011
When a London-based female detective goes into deep cover in Manchester to gain evidence to convict a major-league criminal, she knows that life will be fraught. However, it soon becomes very clear that there may be people on her own 'side' who are acting out of charactor. Soon she realises that she can Trust No One.

Less a who-done-it than a who-is-the-baddie this is a great read marred only by the gratuitous overuse of the F-adjective in the second half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 February 2012
I remember reading this book and enjoying it about a month ago, but it is probably indicative of the book that it took a while to remember the ending. The plot here was, I felt, less engaging than the people (thus my struggle to remember the end) although that isn't to suggest its bad, more that the characterisation is very good.

If it is set up to be part of a series I would see that as a positive, and look forward to the next one as a series could grow to stand alongside the Peter Robinson books as a jolly good read. Reminded me a bit of Murphys Law on TV, but then it would, wouldn't it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2013
Really enjoyed as the first one I've read of his, didn't want to give it 5 stars as hope the next book I read is even better. Good plot, characters and overall storyline. Can't wait to start his next novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 February 2012
A crime story set in Manchester and based around Marie Donovan, an officer deep undercover. It's a cracking read with many a twist and turn. I hope there is a second Marie Donovan book to follow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2012
I hadn't heard of Alex Walters until I bought this on a whim and I'm so glad I did! Walters has written a great crime read that delves into Manchester's murky criminal underworld. It was brilliant, totally compelling and kept me guessing right up until the end. The central character Marie Donovan is fab - a strong woman with plenty of tenacity. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2012
a good book to read... enjoyed it very much... will read more from this writter... good value on the kindle...
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 November 2011
Ended somewhat abruptly, clearly leaving the door open for follow-up books. Such a shame, I felt let down after ploughing through nearly 400 pages. Otherwise I would have given the book 4 stars as it was well written. Probably best to purchase only if you intend to keep buying Alex Walters books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
Good book, however took a while to get in to and found it confusing at times as it flits between past as present without warning. The end had me gripped though and unable to put down, kept you guessing to the last minute and after too. There was a hint of a second book I thought, and would definatly buy it, but we will see. Good read
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on 21 February 2013
This book didn't really go anywhere. For all it's plot twists and the often repeated "Trust No-one" I never really believed in the central characters. I've read worse but I'm not sure I'll be rushing to buy anything else written by this author.
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