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The Driver by [Heller, Mandasue]
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4.4 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

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'A cracking read that will chill you to the bone.' (Sun)

'One of the bad girls of gritty crime, Heller has written a blinder.' (Daily Mirror)

Mandasue has played a real blinder with this fantastic novel. (Martina Cole on FORGET ME NOT)

'A glamorous nightclub hides a seedy underworld that Heller knows only too well.' (Daily Express on THE CLUB)

Gripping . . . powerful writing. (Scotland on Sunday on FORGET ME NOT)

Cracking page-turner . . . a gritty compassionate account of life on the margins. (Manchester Evening News on FORGET ME NOT)

Alarming . . . beguiling . . . exhilarating. (Scotsman on THE FRONT)

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The thrilling new novel by the bestselling author of TWO FACED and SNATCHED.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 392 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (9 Feb. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00440D2IE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,125 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2010
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Story

The Grange Estate is known locally as a `rough estate' and Joe Weeks has just moved in. Joe is laid back but is quite eager to make friends with his neighbours. He meets Carl and Cheryl and before long he is one of them. With their regular parties and weed smoking, Joe fits in a treat.

Eddie Quinn also lives on the estate and is known as the hardest man around town. He is also living from his reputation which is one that you don't wish to cross. When Joe is asked if he wants to work as Eddie's driver he jumps at the opportunity.

Joe soon runs into Katya who is a very frightened prostitute who is trapped as a practical slave and wants nothing more than to escape from Eddie. Joe soon gets drawn into a dangerous life surrounded by death, drugs and prostitutes.

Opinion

Well first off I have to say I was shocked at the small offering that arrived when the book turned up. I am used to receiving a Mandasue Heller book that is a hefty offering as opposed to this slimmed down version.

I picked up the book hoping that this one was better than her last book as I wasn't that impressed with it. Initially the first few chapters seemed to be going well. We get introduced to Joe and get to know the goings on of all the people who live on the estate. Joe as a character isn't the strongest Mandasue Heller has ever written but he was a likeable guy.

We also see the bad guy Eddie who again I didn't think was that strong a chracater. Yes he seemingly had the right ingredients, the build, the attitude and the hard man look about him. Unfortunately that was all he had!

Around the halfway mark I was beginning to wonder when the gritty storyline would jump in but sadly it didn't materialise.
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Although this book is a good enough read, compared to Hellers usual books, this doesnt match up whatsoever. I did finish it in 2 days but not because it engaged me to find out more, but because the book does seem rather on the thin side,and also has a very abrupt ending before bouncing on to the epilogue which in my opinion doesnt really satisfy the reader and leaves a few loose ends untied. If your expecting Hellers usual 'Martina Cole' type stories, id say you'd be disapointed with this book, otherwise its a short 'ish' story to pass some time.
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By Mistyange VINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2010
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As ever Mandasue writes a brilliant novel and I really enjoyed this book. It was a real page turner. I do not like to give anything away in my reviews about the storyline but this book is a must for fans.
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By Tanyaj on 23 Sept. 2010
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I like a book that leaves me guessing and unfortunatly this one didn't do that for me. I guessed the main character's secret and nothing shocked me as her books used to. I too read the book in two days and was a relief that i could get onto a good book. Saved some money by borrowing from the library.
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So glad I took a chance on this book after I'd read a few iffy reviews. I read it in a day, just found it impossible to put down. Well done Mandasue another amazing book I would have given ten stars if that was possible. Now on to the next one .....
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I have read all of Heller's books and although this wasn't the worst it certainly wasn't the best. The story starts off quite interesting, being introduced to the characters and their lives but it the local hard man (Eddie) is the same big drug-running, nasty pimp that Heller seems to have in most of her books.
There didn't seem to be much happening apart from the neighbours sharing coffee and smoking weed, staying up all night and as usual nobody has a job.
The dialogue between Joe and Carl was, as usual, cringeworthy, with Carl asking Joe if he was gay and saying "If you are it's ok with me but you've seen my privates a few times and I don't want you going home and......" well you get the picture.
Certain parts of the story were a little exciting but near the end you kind of know what's going to happen......the capture of Joe by Eddie and someone's demise.
The ending was a bit disappointing and there was an air of unfinished business about it, worth a read but I'd buy this from the 'used' section......sorry Mandasue
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This is the first book of Mandasue Heller's that I have read and I will definitely be reading more of her books. The story was easy to get taken away by and particularly during the final half of the book, I couldn't put it down and ended up awake in the early hours until I reached the last page. The twist at the end was a great surprise.
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Manchester’s ‘Queen Of Gritty Crime’, Mandasue Heller is the bestselling author of 14 hard-hitting novels. Heller was born in Warrington, Cheshire, England and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents in Manchester which have since become the background to her novels. She is not only a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, seventies soul cover bands and blues jam bands. I really enjoy her books and have reviewed some others on this site: Forget Me Not https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.co..., Two Faced https://bookreviewstoday.wordpress.co....

The Driver is one of Heller’s books that I found in my local library. As I had not read it, I decided to borrow it. The Driver is a good book and an easy read. I really love the author’s writing style and the characters in this novel are great. It starts when the reader is introduced to Joe. He is a nice guy and new to Grange Estate. It does not take him long to fit right in and get to know the goings on of all the people who live on the estate. The women think he is cute and the men are happy that he does not try to make a play for their women. Still, all housing estates have their rough edges, and Grange Estate is no exception.

The local tough guy is Eddie Quinn. Eddie has the build and the attitude and the hard man look about him. Of course, drug dealing represents part of his money-making activity. Eddie is definitely not a man that you would want to cross but he is considered to be honest to deal with. When Eddie offers Joe a job as his driver, Joe is happy to accept. Working for Eddie may be demanding, but it has its benefits. Or so Joe thinks, until he meets Katya, She is one of the prostitutes who work for Eddie.
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