I have said before that cookson is not up to much when it comes to `follow ons` - but here is the exception to the rule. You have to read all 3 and you have to read them in order. You won`t be able to put them down i promise. I loved these and they are probably her best known books.
I really enjoyed this trilogy, the only thing I found quite hard was remembering who was who to who lol! I nearly thought about doing a family tree or something to assist!! I recommend this trilogy, I enjoy Catherine Cookson books having recently got into them, and I found this trilogy really enjyable an I really liked how she was able to change the perspective from one character to another and change your thoughts and feelings. I recommend reading these books and found it hard to put down at times!
I read almost every Catherine Cookson book as a teenager and recently decided to read the Mallen trilogy again. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The characters are well constructed and their (sometimes dark) thoughts and motives well told.