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The Runaway Paperback – 7 May 1998

4.6 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition (7 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747255393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747255390
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 4.3 x 16.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No one writes about East End women and their vagaries like Martina Cole (Maxim Jakubowski, Murder One)

'A powerful novel that pulls no punches... Cole has an ear for the vernacular of the East End, as well as an ability to portray the viciousness of life at the edge' the Guide ( Guide )

'Cole is brilliant at portraying the good among the bad, and vice versa, so until the very end we never quite know who to trust. This is the very stuff that makes her so compelling' (Daily Mirror)

'Right from the start [Cole] has enjoyed unqualified approval for her distinctive and powerfully written fiction' (The Times)

Intensely readable (Guardian)

'Martina Cole explores the shady criminal underworld, a setting she is fast making her own' ( Sunday Express )

'Utterly compelling' ( Mirror )

'The story will grip you from the first pages' ( Best )

'Gritty novel from an author who knows intimately the world she writes about' ( Express ) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A gritty, unputdownable thriller of corruption and violence from the unique voice of No. 1 bestselling author Martina Cole

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By A Customer on 27 April 2001
Format: Paperback
I have read all Ms Coles books to date and this would have to be the very very best I have read. It had me on the corner of my seat from the very 1st chapter and I read and read and read until the very last word. I was crying my eyes out in the end, so much so that I had to stop for a bit and compose myself before being able to finish this book. A wonderful story, fantastically thought out characters, descriptions that leave you breathless, a touch of humour and a tad of sadness. Left me wanting to re-read this one again and again! Can't wait for her new one to arrive on my doorstep!
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By A Customer on 8 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
Having read all the authors available books this is by far the best. A book you can read time and time again. More please!
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By A Customer on 27 April 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the first Martina Cole book that I have ever read. Gripping from the beginning and had me hooked. Violent and sad at the same time; never read any thriller that uses our own country's underworld for location, so found it more shocking because of that. Had to keep reading it to find out what would happen next. I can't wait to read the rest of Martina's books.
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By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
The first of Martina Cole's books that I read and still remains one of my favourites that I find myself going back to again and again. The characters are all very different, but all linked through one character.
Enjoyed this book so much that I've bought all her other ones.
Highly recommended!!
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Brilliant story, parts of the West End is as she tells it.Sleezy with all sorts of characters lurking behind every corner waiting to pounce on the innocents. I have read all of Martina Coles books and wait in anticipation for her next one. I have just bought "Broken" and I am saving it for my holidays which is not until September I keep going to the Bookshelf to read it but knowing it will be brilliant I can wait, I have two weeks on an Island but I am sure to read it in a few days I cannot wait. Keep writing Martina.
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This is the first of Martina Cole books I've read and I absolutley loved it.
Very epic, there is always something going on, this book never gets boring.
Very well written also, it gives you a real insight as to the troubles some people had to face.
Cathy's character is very strong but also very vulnarable. I did like her character, because even though she has been through a load of pain and heartache, she still survives. The sympathy for her was just pouring out of me, rejoycing when something good happened to her, but then the bad always comes back to her, even at the end, I cried.
Because she didn't deserve what happened to her, she was overall, a genuine, good person. But with the minimal of people who actually cared about her, she didn't really stand a chance. But with the few friends she makes along the way. Desrae for example. She pulls thorugh. Just about.
Also, Eammons character, I did like him, even though he doesn't really come across as a good person I still feel sympathy for him. Because he never really had a chance in life. Not really.
I was shocked at what he did to Cathy torwards the end, but I really believed he loved her. Mabye not in the most conventional way, but in his own.
I was shocked also at the romance between Cathy and Bill Gates, I really didn't see that one coming.
But thats what's so great about this book, so full of suprises and drama it's impossible to put down.
I finished this book within a couple of days. As I said, Very addictive.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read.
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By A Customer on 7 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been desperate to find a decent book which I can bury my head in, trying to get away from all this 30 something trash.
This was fantastic, a true pager tuner, if you don't enjoy this book i'll eat my shorts!!!
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This is a weighty tome and one I enjoyed to a point but I have to say in a book this large the story was underdeveloped at a couple of crucial points and there was no twist and no circling back round to tie off loose ends...they were just left to flounder. It's a good story overall but repetitive, she loves him, he loves her. They are together, they are not together, they are together again, they are not together, they are together again. He is a violent rogue who will inevitably hurt her, everyone in the book tells her this constantly and, shock, horror it's what happens.

The secondary characters (of which some are brilliantly conceived) are under developed and lack what would be wonderful back stories. Tantalising bits of plot are dangled and then go no-where, never to be mentioned again. This spoilt it for me in the end and I was left feeling that the book had finished but that I hadn't and that maybe I had missed some things that would give me a sense of completion. As it was it felt under done and a little, if not lazy, then forgetful, as if MC had begun several separate arcs and then forgotten them in favour of the "it's on it's off its on again" tedium.

Several times where the parallel storylines were developed they were gratuitous and had no bearing on the central story whatsoever....shoehorned in for....variety maybe or possibly shock value. Ones that would have had more impact (I.e the mother) were swept away so quick you could miss them altogether and yet were instrumental in the inaugural chapters of the story.

Overall it's written nicely and the main storyline is neat if a little obvious. The main protagonists don't garner any sympathy and the end is flat.

Read if you are a fan or if you like transparent stories and 2d characters but I wouldn't bother with any more of her books after this, particularly if this is considered one of the best.
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