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Thorn in My Side Paperback – 24 Mar 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Burgess Books (24 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956654614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956654618
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 325,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Good story line, but jumped about a lot and I thought more could have been made of it.
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Still reading. so far so good.
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Well worth reading. i've enjoyed ALL of sheila Quigleys books, and this one is just as good as all her others.. Treat yourself and buy it.....
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Couldn't put this book down. Great local interest created by the author, very evocative to any one from the north east or who has visited or has an interest in the area.
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The first of a brand new series of crime thriller. The characters may also be brand new but like Sheila's previous novels they are so lifelike you soon feel you are standing next to them. She has a superior talent for characterisation.
Set pedominantly on the atmospheric Holy Island just off the Northumberland coastline, the location provides the perfect backdrop for this gripping narrative. The author hooks you in from the start with her typical ability to create intrigue. Holy Island is an evocative place to those who have visited. To those who haven't yet seen it, after reading this book you are sure to want to travel there (warning - check the tide tables first!).
The success of this outstanding book by the North East's most eminent crime fiction writer is underpinned by her meticulous research.
We don't want to give the plot away but anyone who reads this book will see the obvious visual potential for film or T.V.dramatisation.

Producers and film companies are you listening !
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I purchased this book after a trip to Lindisfarne, a local shopkeeper gave me a bookmark with Sheila Quigley's autograph on, and told me that the book is based in Lindisfarne. I eagerly purchased the book when I returned home and was not disappointed with the story, but I was not enthralled by it either. It was an okay read, you do have to read quite a chunk of the book before it starts to feature Lindisfarne though, It is not one of the stories you read and can't put down, but nor is it a story you wish you hadn't started, hence three stars.
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This book is a tightly written thriller which unlike her seahills estate books is set (mostly) on Holy Island. Her characterisation is second to none and along with her excellent storylines they bring the North East underworld to life. I began this book with a keen anticipation having read her last five books and I was not disapointed. I found I was unable to put it down until I had turned the very last page, it even accompanied me to the loo. After this I may not visit Holy Island for some time. Thank you Ms Quigley for another masterpiece, Martina Cole eat your heart out.
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Format: Paperback
From the prologue we are aware of intense evil.

But the story opens with DI Mike York who has been in London on an undercover operation for three months, and is now going home to the Northumbria. His only regret in leaving London is the young lad that he has been befriending since he found him in the street almost dead. He discovers that the young lad had been abused from an early age and because of his injuries has earned the name Smiler

While the main voice in the story is that of Mike York, quite early on in the book we hear from a young unnamed woman who is escaping with knowledge that she needs to impart, but knows of no one she can trust.

The killing by flogging is a horrific way to die, and the body of a young girl whipped to death is unbelievable. The description by the pathologist of the make-up of the whip that has inflected these injuries is horrendous.

Set on Holy island, the disappearance of children and the circulation of a new street drug leads Mile York into grave danger. For these are powerful people who are determined to keep a secret that has been kept hidden for centuries and is worldwide.

Sheila Quigley weaves an incredible tale that spans the centuries but could be so easily part of the world in which we live, although a chilling thought. On the credit side we have Mike and his elderly Aunt May.

This is the first book in a new series and whilst we may resolve one battle, the war is far from won. This is also the first book that I have read by Sheila Quigley and this is a situation I will be addressing - what a book, what a writer!
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Lizzie Hayes
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