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Thrilling, dangerous and compulsive, Avenged is perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.You make a deal with the devil; you pay your dues…Franny Doyle has always known that her father Patrick has been up to no good. After all you don’t become one of London’s number one gangsters without ruffling a few feathers along the way. Still, she adores her dad and shThrilling, dangerous and compulsive, Avenged is perfect for fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers.You make a deal with the devil; you pay your dues…Franny Doyle has always known that her father Patrick has been up to no good. After all you don’t become one of London’s number one gangsters without ruffling a few feathers along the way. Still, she adores her dad and she knows that he would lay down his life for her – she is his number one girl and he has taught her everything she knows.But when something terrible happens to Patrick, Franny realises that he has some very dangerous enemies. Delving into Patrick’s past, Franny becomes involved in a high-stakes game. She’s not afraid. Patrick has taught her to be a fighter and she’s determined to make him proud, even if it means paying the ultimate price – her own life....

Title : Avenged
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ISBN : 9780007503636
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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Avenged Reviews

  • Sam Arnold
    2019-02-21 04:36

    Wow is the first thing that comes to mind as I finish this book. This is simply a stunning story told in an exceptional way. I have to say that this book hooked me from the first chapter which then led me to read the whole thing in just two sittings. The quality of the writing makes you progress through the book at great speed. At the end of the book I was almost upset at finishing it so fast as I would not be spending anymore time with my some of my favourite characters.It is the quality of these characters that makes this book so good. This is the second Jacqui Rose book I have read and on both occasions the quality of character development is what drew me to her writing. Both male and female characters are written with such expertise you find yourself equally drawn to them all. The female characters are portrayed as feminine with enough steel through them that they are engaging. The men are hard on the outside and soft in the middle. The skill of the writer is through her writing of these characters you clearly see their characteristics without being told.I also like the fact that there are a couple of characters that cross over from her other books in small cameo appearances. I love it when authors do this as it is almost a secret connection that the author used between herself and her fans. Harlan Coben is another author who does this with ease.This is simply a stunning book which crosses from Ireland to Soho. The second book I have read from this author and certainly not the last.

  • ~ Cariad ~
    2019-02-09 06:41

    Another perfectly narrated audiobook from the awesome Annie Aldington.Honestly, I hope authors bow at her feet for how she utterly brings their books to life, being able to play that many characters and narrate in so many accents, I don't know how she doesn't lose track! Unquestionably, she's the best storyteller in the business. As for this book, it was gritty and gripping but with a massively dark back story of the abuse suffered by both boys and girls by priests in the Catholic Church and the old Irish ways of raising children in fear of them (thankfully it wasn't too graphic).I loved the grown up characters in the story - could only wish the best for them.

  • Denise
    2019-02-03 01:00

    Once again Jacqui Rose has blown me away, I just couldn't put this book down I think it is her best yet. The characters were very believable and the plot was full of twists and turns. Jacqui Rose is one of my favourite writers and I look forward to reading her next book. Highly recommended, a definite must read.

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-02-15 07:40

    I have read and loved all of Jacqui Roses books to date. I am a big fan of hers, she's a brilliant author. But for some reason, this one didn't get me like all the others right from the start, I found myself wondering at one point weather to carry on or not, but I did and i'm glad i stuck with it, I am unsure why i felt this way, maybe it was coming out of one book right into another. The start of the book goes back in time, where we get the build up to the story and how things happened and why. We are introduced to the characters and I think it's safe to say from early on you do develop the love for some and the hate for others. I always think if you can feel anything towards the characters in a book then the author has done their job and got you involved. We start off with the younger characters in Ireland. and soon move on to them in the present day in London. How their lives started and how they have changed is fantastically put together. As I said i am glad i continued to read this, and things did improve and I found myself getting into the book and story, more so when it arrived back to present time.Then I found i didn't want to put the book down. In true Jacqui Rose style the book really took off. And I began to get really involved, really engrossed. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

  • Susan Galligan
    2019-02-06 04:41

    Good readThis was a page turner. Could not put it down. Typical Soho gangster read but still very entertaining. Would recommend it.

  • Best Crime Books & More
    2019-02-21 08:51

    I think Jacqui Rose has taken a slight step in a new direction by setting the opener of her latest book in Ireland in the late 1970’s. When I started reading I was taken straight back to that time as we met Patrick Doyle as a young boy. I was initially thrown as the synopsis and prologue were set in present day. However a few chapters in and I wasn’t going anywhere. She has done a stellar job of taking the reader back to that time when religion played a huge part in the community and people’s lives were guided by their priests. I don’t want to delve too much into this element of the story (for fear of spoilers) but this was by far my favourite part of the book. Patrick’s childhood and how he came to meet his friend Cabhan Morton take up at least 35% of the book. This section of the book like I said is set in the late seventies in Ireland and in addition to Patrick and Cab, we also meet Father Ryan and Donal O’Sheyenne both whom play an important part in this book.Just under halfway in and we are fast forwarded to just over 30 years later. 30 years on we get to know Franny Doyle as an adult. Her relationship with her father Patrick and Uncle Cab is the first thing that the reader identifies. Now at this point in the book I felt a crashing disappointment. I really felt like Jacqui Rose had found a new setting in Ireland in the seventies and I really didn’t want to leave that era. I felt like the jump from past to present was too quick and there was something that just didn’t sit right with me.That aside we then see Franny Doyle start to make dangerous enemies. As we are now in present time the book falls slightly back into the standard ‘gangster’ genre. Don’t get me wrong there is absolutely nothing wrong with that (I myself am a fan of that type of book). However, the second half of the book although enjoyable, just didn’t compare to the first half. I think Jacqui Rose just proved how skilled a writer she is, because I literally didn’t put the book down. The realism of the characters and what they would have had to endure was just first class. Obviously she has a knack of taking you back without missing a beat.Overall by the time I had finished I was (as usual) a little upset I had finished so quickly. This latest book of hers was a cracking read, but to be honest I so wish she would have maybe jumped between the late 70’s and maybe the 90’s rather than present day (everyone does present day). To have the skill as a writer to make the reader be able to imagine themselves alongside these characters is something special, and Jacqui Rose has that skill! I will await the next no doubt brilliant book from her, and would highly recommend this to people.

  • Claire
    2019-01-26 01:01

    "Avenged" is the first book I have received from a Goodreads giveaway. It had been a few years since I last picked up a crime novel - I used to love Martina Cole's books, and Jacqui Rose is advertised as being just as good, which is why I decided to enter. It was an extremely readable novel, fast-paced and consistent in style. From the early life of Patrick Doyle to modern day Soho, where we follow the exploits of his adoptive daughter Franny, it flows seamlessly. This was my favourite aspect of the novel.There were a few aspects of the novel that were problematic - the author's gratuitous use of rape as a plot device, for starters. Jacqui Rose is not alone in this trend, far from it. All the same, using rape as a tool to alter a character is deeply unnecessary and trivialises a serious problem. Also, her representation of race left a lot to be desired. The skin of the token black man (considering half of the book was set in London during 2013, having one non-white character isn't even vaguely realistic) is repeatedly compared to velvet or the night sky. With the exception of one mention of Franny's "porcelain" skin colour, no white character was subject to similar descriptions. This romanticised form of othering is also problematic.The plot was intriguing, if a bit melodramatic, and the writing style was sound, though Rose tended to tell rather than show the reader. Characterisation was consistent, though it felt as though a number of the characters were based on tropes and clichés (i.e. paedophile priests, former prostitutes with a tough exterior and a heart of gold, old school gangsters...) and this prevented them from being fully three dimensional. Franny herself fell into the trope of "exceptional woman", with every imaginable good quality and the admiration of all those around her. How she lost Patrick's considerable fortune, mismanaging his businesses in spite of successfully pulling off high powered deals with the faces of Soho, it a paradox that is never resolved. If you are looking for an easy and entertaining read, I would recommend this novel provided you are prepared to overlook the clumsy handling of topical issues.

  • Vicki - I Love Reading
    2019-02-20 05:56

    I have read and loved all of Jacqui Roses books to date. I am a big fan of hers, she's a brilliant author.But for some reason, this one didn't get me like all the others right from the start, I found myself wondering at one point weather to carry on or not, but I did and i'm glad i stuck with it, I am unsure why i felt this way, maybe it was coming out of one book right into another. The start of the book goes back in time, where we get the build up to the story and how things happened and why.We are introduced to the characters and I think it's safe to say from early on you do develop the love for some and the hate for others. I always think if you can feel anything towards the characters in a book then the author has done their job and got you involved.We start off with the younger characters in Ireland. and soon move on to them in the present day in London. How their lives started and how they have changed is fantastically put together. As I said i am glad i continued to read this, and things did improve and I found myself getting into the book and story, more so when it arrived back to present time. Then I found i didn't want to put the book down. In true Jacqui Rose style the book really took off. And I began to get really involved, really engrossed. I ended up thoroughly enjoying it.

  • Steph Banner
    2019-01-25 07:40

    I was sent a free copy of this book for an unbiased review.This is the first time i have read anything by this author. I had heard of her before but the comparison was made with Martina Cole and i had started to find her writing in recent books had gone downhill so found that i couldn't get an appetite for Jacqui Rose. It just goes to show how wrong you can be - I was hooked from page 1.Although the story is much along the same lines as Martina Cole - violence, drugs, prostitution, criminal underworld - it felt fresh and the characters were vibrant.The book takes us from the childhood of one of the main characters, Patrick Doyle, through to his daughter, Franny, being an adult herself. We learn how Patrick becomes involved in the criminal underworld and how his actions through his life affect his daughter. I won't spoil this book for anybody but i thoroughly enjoyed it and will now go on to read more by Jacqui Rose. Highly recommended.

  • Leonie Byrne
    2019-01-28 07:00

    This book was very disappointing for me. A combination of its 'as good as Martina Cole or your money back' guarantee and the reviews on here I was expecting something great. Instead it was a lukewarm, emotionless story which was all over the place and hardly held itself together. The storyline had a basis in something good but chose to wander off, there were no real connections or love between the characters, some characters seemed pointless and useless, there was nobody likeable and even the bits which were close to the knuckle didn't really have any effect.

  • Sarah Mcleod
    2019-02-06 09:02

    This is the second Jacqui Rose book I have read, also another of my firstreads books. This is much better than her other book 'Trapped'. The characters are believable, but also liked and disliked, well written, but with a sometimes predictable plot, about Irish catholic life and dishonesty within the church.

  • Marion Gold
    2019-02-17 06:03

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has excitement and moments of extreme tenderness and caring alongside some terrible cruelty and heartlessness. It's all woven together wonderfully well into a very exciting story by Jacqui Rose. This is the first novel that I have read by this author, but it won't be the last.

  • Wes
    2019-02-02 01:59

    I'm really starting to enjoy Jacqui's writing, she carries the story well and with the bulk of it set in rural Ireland it makes it more appealing to me. The characters are a bit over the top in places but I certainly warmed to Patrick. I thought I had the ending worked out by about 100 pages to go but I was completely wrong I just didn't see the ending coming!! Bring on her next book please!!!

  • Debbie Lilley
    2019-02-11 07:02

    This book I believe this book gave a honest look at life in Ireland and the struggles some families go through, living a life in the criminal world whilst trying to do what is right according to the heart.

  • Zoe
    2019-01-25 05:59

    There were parts of this book that I found really hard to follow. There were a huge amount of characters and leads to get my head around and it all sort of lost me toward the end. This isn't Jacqui's best.

  • Beverley Spiller
    2019-02-17 03:02

    so pleased i have found this great author in the genre that i love .......... love the way in all the books all the characters are brought back into the current storyline await the latest book now i have read them all

  • Bernie Morris
    2019-02-08 07:47

    One of the best in its genre. Just as good as Martine Cole. I related well to the Irish part of the story, as this could have easily happened to my mum (and me). I want to read more of this author's books.

  • Jodie
    2019-02-19 04:48

    I love all of Jacqui Rose's books but this is my least favourite, it starts off really slow, which is why I'm only giving it 4 stars. It does get better but I find the main character a bit annoying sometimes.

  • John Hausrath
    2019-02-22 05:49

    I received this book as one of the giveaways. It was a very enjoyable read. It kept my interest right to the end. I would recommend this book. I look forward to reading other books by Jacqui Rose.

  • Natalie Pounder
    2019-02-05 08:33

    Really disappointed in this book hence the two stars. Have read all Jacqui rose books and found them really enjoyable but this was too slow paced and too much religion and the storyline ending was too predictable have definitely read better

  • Layla Batchellier
    2019-02-05 01:51

    Interesting tale linking two entrancing stories. I was gripped the whole way through and enjoyed the slightly loveable but sinister actions of Patrick.

  • Ann
    2019-01-31 03:02

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book,I loved reading about Patrick and Franny and all the other characters.

  • Denise Tobin
    2019-02-10 02:54

    One of my fave authors and this book doesn't let her down - loved it!

  • Beverley hopper
    2019-02-19 08:59

    this was the best yet of jacqui rose read it in a day had me gripped from start to finish brilliant author

  • Elaine
    2019-01-29 01:03

    Good easy read but got a bit bonkers at the end when was chasing Donal! Think the ending was rushed .

  • Elaine Browne
    2019-02-09 00:56

    Not the best book by jacqui not the worst just meh meh so so

  • Kaye Springett
    2019-02-22 07:39

    I have loved all of jacqui books this one was know different looking forwards to reading the follow up X

  • Dawn Boulton
    2019-01-28 05:39

    Great book, I wasn't sure it was going to grab me at first, but it is well written with very compelling characters.Only just up to half way through and thoroughly enjoying.

  • Emma Ingram
    2019-02-18 02:03

    i loved this book ...

  • Angie Scott
    2019-02-10 08:02

    Loved this book. Gripping from the start. Was shocked at some parts and cried my eyes out at other parts. Well worth a read.