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*
Often funny, sometimes shocking and occasionally sad, this is a first novel which hints at more to come from Ms Hope.
I do however agree with the one poor review this book has received; the writing is not good at all. It felt as if nobody had bothered to proof read or edit it.
If you can ignore this though, which on the whole I could, then it's well worth a read. I couldn't put it down.
The book started with Kate as a child and made you feel as though you were actually there as she aged. I so desperately wanted her to escape and find her happy ever after. I will not spoil the end of the story!
This book is brilliant, well written and I can not wait for SM Hope’s next novel!