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Tainted Jewel Paperback – 14 Aug 2017
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A fresh and compelling new voice. --Fiction Feedback
S.M. Hope has crafted a story full of drama, pathos and true heartache. A unique and original literary voice, this book will play with your every emotion. --David McCaffrey, award-winning author of Hellbound, In Extremis, Nameless and The Warmest Place to Hide
About the Author
S.M. Hope released her debut novel Tainted Jewel through the BNBS crowdfunding campaign for pre-orders. The campaign exceeded all expectation and took only 18 days to be 100% funded. S.M. Hope was still getting inquiries of Tainted Jewel even after the campaign had ended. In the real world away from thoughts of gangsters and who to kill off next, she manages the day to day running of a busy Engineering company. Or tries to keep up to date with her teenage son and his capers. While they decide who s turn it is to take their two pet dogs for a walk. Writing is one of her many hobbies as well as arts and crafts, which means her dining room table is normally split between the laptop and glitter/glasses. Maybe when she retires she may get to eat a meal from the table but until that time. Glitter flavoured casserole it is.
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Once in, it’s not somewhere you easily leave. Even if she wanted to. Kate likes the attention she gets from Mike Taylor – the worst of the Taylor brothers in her mother’s humble opinion.
As a young girl, Kate is happy to use her ‘magic’ skills at unpicking locks to help Mike and
an assortment of his friends who have carelessly locked themselves out of their homes or their safes. As she grows up, it finally dawns on Kate that maybe Mike isn’t the gentleman she thought, but by then she’s hopelessly, obsessively in love. What’s more, she’s so involved in the criminal lifestyles of Mike and his cohorts that there’s no escaping.
She’s not entirely sure she wants to try. Until the night of her eighteenth birthday. Then everything changes
I’m not going to give any spoilers so I can’t say much about this book except poor Kate.
When I read the blurb I thought it might be similar to Martina Coles books as she writes about the criminal world. Much different. S M Hope’s characters are not as hard core (mostly) and an easier read for that.
I really loved this book and would recommend highly. 5*
The world Kate inhabits is one of criminals, drugs and gangs and this alien place was brought vividly to life. At times it felt like a cross between The Sopranos and The Kray Twins, just brilliant. Mike and Jimmy are excellent as violent psycho's with a warped idea of the value of women, but you end up loving them all the same because they too are multi faceted characters.
The book is a mixture of being at times brutal, harrowing, sad and tender and of course so funny. At the part where Jimmy is given drugs and 'he's bobbing around like a vibrator' I had to put the book down and wipe the tears of laughter from my eyes. And then we have the ending! Oh wow.
This book is well written, it has a unique author style and I would recommend it to anyone.
Update - I've finished the book in 3 days it was fantastic! Huge twists towards the end and it's left me impatiently waiting for the next book! Hurry up!
This is for fans of Ross Greenwood who love to follow a protagonist that you can never really tell what side of the law they fall. The choices made by them, or for them, completely change their lives forever. It is one of those books that to tell more details could be considered a spoiler. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author!
Often funny, sometimes shocking and occasionally sad, this is a first novel which hints at more to come from Ms Hope.
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