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- File Size: 1697 KB
- Print Length: 306 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1910939811
- Publisher: Accent Press (26 Nov. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LLBC68K
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- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #591,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Having read several of the excellent and gripping novels by Linda Regan, including "Guts for Garters", this sequel was long awaited, and it didn't disappoint, I do recommend you read the first book before this one (you won't be disappointed!), as you will then begin to understand the main characters of Alysha, Panther, Tink and Lox; four tough yet lovable streetwise girls, leaders of the "Alley Cats" gang, desperately trying to improve life for all on an inner city housing estate.
"Sisterhoods" hits the ground running, and the momentum doesn't stop until the final page. It's a hard-hitting, gritty tale of life on the estate, and the problems faced by the girls in defending the residents from the encroachment of two rival gangs. We get to understand their working relationship as informers for their local police, all done in an effort to improve conditions, and yet still having to secretly work just a little outside the law to provide the money they need for continued improvements to the lives of residents, and also the infrastructure of the estate.
In her acknowledgements, Miss Regan thanks the various people who helped with background information, including some girls in similar situations. This help has clearly been of great value, as the language of the street is used to great effect, helping to paint an accurate picture of the setting and way of life. Colloquial language, in everyday use by these people, is used without causing confusion, and you quickly feel totally immersed in their lives.
It's a real "page-turner", written with an obvious affection for the girls, despite their slightly unconventional lifestyles, and although they are far from sweet and innocent little girls, the reader will find themselves strangely drawn to love them, and wish them success in their endeavours. It's a crime novel written today, portraying today, and is a "must read" if you enjoy this genre. I can't wait for the third instalment in the series!
However, the help from the police came with a price tag and the girls are now paid informers, which carries a death sentence from all the gangs should the information become known. So Alysha and her trusted lieutenants, Panther, Lox and Tink walk a tight rope, but one they are willing to do it in the hope that their children can live a life free from drugs, starvation, stealing and prostitution.
As the book opens, the community centre has been burnt down. Was it the work of the EIB’s, East is Best gang run by the ruthless Zhanf family, or the RIP’s Rifles in Peckham gang, both determined to take over the Aviary estate, to peddle their drugs.
Whilst the girls have agreed as part of the deal with the police not to be involved with anything unlawful, it is proving difficult. With the community centre burnt down the council are unwilling to put their hand in their pocket again, so to hold onto what they have achieved the girls need money to rebuild the centre themselves. When an opportunity presents itself they agree it is worth the risk. But with two rival gangs gunning for them, can the AC’s hold off the vicious EIB’s and RIP’s, keep the police onside, and rescue one of their own who has been kidnapped by one of the gangs.
It’s a tall order but one that makes for a riveting, heart in your mouth read as the ACs try valiantly to keep control of the situation which is spiralling totally out of control.
Gritty, fast paced, this page-turner harshly illustrates life on a South London Estate terrorised and controlled by drug dealing gangs. The action mounts to a terrifying climax as the differing fractions collide. Not to be missed.
Reviewer: Lizzie Sirett
Linda Regan has given us a salutary tale for our times that pulls no punches.