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4.0 out of 5 stars A gritty story, 15 April 2014
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This review is from: Niagara (The Pankhearst Singles Club Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The main character here has to survive a grim situation, but one which a lot of women find themselves in. An interesting twist ending here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed it, 14 Feb 2014
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Really enjoyed and found I couldn't put it down. Wanted more when it got to the end. Will def read more of hers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Niagara, 29 Jan 2014
This review is from: Niagara (The Pankhearst Singles Club Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I discovered Evangeline Jennings in the Pankhearst collaboration Cars and Girls, and I was keen to see what she'd do next.

Niagara is about Ellie, a woman determined to escape her brutal marriage. Her husband uses violence and poverty to trap her, but Ellie has a plan.

Through the routine cruelty Ellie suffers, Jennings shows the relentless misery of an ordinary life. Some of the violence is difficult to read, and it’s made more unsettling set against chicken for dinner and a walk to the library. As Ellie helps her daughter with her homework upstairs, her son and husband fight viciously downstairs.

And as Ellie makes her plan to leave this ordinary life, the story raises a number of questions. Is violence passed through the generations? What influence can women have, and how can deprivation or education change their lives? The story gives a possible set of answers, but also suggests to me that not only is it difficult to make changes, it can be equally hard to judge their success.

It’s both easy and impossible to have sympathy with Ellie. Her questionable morality gives a surprising twist, and the reader must decide for herself if what Ellie does is justified. Niagara is also – somehow – funny, with some brilliant northern dialogue and the darkest humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sliver away from the truth, 12 Jan 2014
This review is from: Niagara (The Pankhearst Singles Club Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
Niagara is a short story which starts off in a large post-industrialised council estate in the North and traces the story of Ellie as she plots to leave her abusive marital home and make sure her daughter Karen, does not succumb to the same fate she did.

We all like to read stories about the battle against the odds, what's interesting within this story is that Ellie will do anything to achieve her twin goals, anything and by the end you wonder to yourself whether she's a hero or an anti-hero.The violence is matter of fact,it makes working class life seem like, how I suppose Middle class journalists see it , this cloudy hinterland where conservative morals get you nowhere.

Its a quick read thanks to the almost raw writing, it reads as genuine and in true Jennings style we don't get an ending as such, just a conversational update,its up to you to decide how life goes on for Ellie and Karen.
Niagara is a a story which is a sliver away from the truth, I dare you to read it.
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