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About Karen Woods
I'm a Manchester-born writer who only started writing when I was 40 years old. I write raw gritty stories about the world I know and want to share. My books are hard hitting but full of northern humour and straight-talking characters. My newest novel is called Tracks. If you love a story packed with people we can all relate to, then my novels are for you. Enjoy my books, and don't forget to leave a review. I love to hear from readers!
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From the backstreets of Manchester comes a new pulse-pounding gangland saga.
You’ve got to fight for everything when you start with nothing
Susan Knight has a good life. So she turns a blind eye to the gambling winnings her husband Donny puts through the books at her salon. After all, he needs some way to unwind. At work, he is headteacher at Second Chance, an alternative provision school for kids who have nowhere else to go.
Being the headteacher gives Donny respect, money, and charm. But respect can be lost, money can be stolen and charm can only go so far.
The kids at the school all have a story to tell – as do the staff. Drugs, debt, violence and threat are part of their everyday lives. Donny’s got this far by never playing by the rules. But to keep winning, you have to keep chancing it all. To stay at the top means risking everything.
Susan knows Donny walks a fine line – but if he stumbles too far on the wrong side of the tracks can she stand by him? And for Donny, if he loses Susan, he knows he might be pulled back into the life that’s been waiting for him all this time…
This gripping tale sees the impressive debut of Karen Woods in the first of a series of novels based on characters living on a Manchester council estate. Themes of social deprivation, self-empowerment, lust, greed and envy come to the fore in this authentic tale of modern life.
Meanwhile, Misty's mother Lisa has died and her ex-boyfriend's brother Tom is blackmailing her family. She hits the bottle but is it all down to grief?
In the long-awaited conclusion to Broken Youth and Black Tears, Karen Woods weaves a brutal family tale of betrayal, secrets and murder with a shocking twist.
Katrina and Cath share a cell at Maple Prison. When Cath's handsome brother Patrick comes to visit, Joan is instantly smitten and the cons hatch a plan to use him to get favours from the screw.
Joan thinks she's in love although Trevor and her mother, Mable, are sceptical. Patrick's secret business venture seems to be going well with Joan's help but how long will it be before he tires of Joan and why is it only Mable that can see through his smile?
Desperation and greed dominate Karen Woods' prison drama.
In her fifth novel, Karen Woods deals with issues as diverse as domestic violence and celebrity culture in a way which will make you laugh and cry.
Karen Woods' 20th novel sees a rough and ready cast of characters clash in a twisting plot studded with memorable scenes.
Will Johnny find his mother and sister before it's too late? Can he topple the perverted crime boss and save his family? And what of his ex-girlfriend who dumped him when he was inside?
Karen Woods returns with a gritty account of the sex trade; the abusers and the victims.
Dawn Pritchard has a bad reputation but that hasn't stopped gangster Jud Watson making her his fiancée. But Dawn has been seeing Jud's brother Larry behind his back and matters come to a head before a packed church on the day of the wedding.
With Larry in a coma and Jud locked up for assault, who will step in to take control of the Watson crime family and how will the rival Morgan family react to the news?
Unable to read or write, Kendal becomes trapped in a relationship with violent local gangster Scott while the discovery of the diary leads her on a journey of self-discovery with dramatic consequences.
Settling quickly into his new life he is soon seduced by the daughter of one of his father’s company’s directors. After a trip to visit him, Fallon realises this and vows to move on with her life.
In Karen Woods’ seventh novel, former lovers appear to be settled with new partners at different ends of the country but will fate take a hand?
Mikey's girlfriend Sarah is from a nicer part of town; as green as grass, she doesn't seem to realise the extent of her boyfriend's involvement with local gangsters or that her well-connected family have threatened to have him bumped off if he ever goes near her again. She's smitten with him and hopes he can change...
In Karen Woods 15th novel, prison walls can't keep the outside world at bay forever as dark family secrets come back to haunt fearless Mikey Milne.