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The Price

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Wow. Okay this book is everything I could have asked for. I am newer to this genre of a sort of darker storyline, but I think that Kerry did an excellent job of creating believable dialogue that still was gritty, but wasn't too far fetched that it was unbelievable.I think that the characters dynamic was toxic, dramatic, and also addicting. I haven't read anything else by this author, and this was a very strong introduction both to this sort of setting, as well as the author herself. I love the rivalry in this book as well, I think it adds a layer that continues to build up until the ending where everything sort of collapses in the best possible way. I think that the plot overall was amazing, the twists were strong and for the most part unpredictable and this was overall a strong and enjoyable read. I also really appreciated that the violence was in my opinion in good taste and not on every other page as it is with some other books similar. Overall I thought this was a great read.
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My first by this author and I assure you it will not be my last. It's a gritty stand alone novel which keeps you turning the pages. There are no excuses just down to earth writing. I've found that this genre is either loved or avoided. Me? I absolutely love them. They are true to life.

If you love the writings of Cole, Chambers etc then you're going to love this.

It's hard hitting. But it's easy to read. I read it in one night. Ok very little sleep but it was worth it. Lots of twists and turns that will keep you coming back for more.

I would definitely recommend this book.

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I have never read a book by this author before but I will definitely be reading more of her books . This book was fantastic well worth a read.
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Loved this book the storyline kept me gripped from start to finish I didn’t want to go to sleep just wanted to carry on reading it’s a real page Turner with not knowing what is going to happen next the characters are really well written I would definitely recommend.
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This is my first book written by this author and definitely won't be the last. This is authentic gangland material at its best. The story draws you in right from beginning and doesn't stop until the last page!
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A dark, gritty read filled with copious amounts of turmoil and violence; Yet another gangland thriller that has kept me absolutely hooked throughout! 

I'll certainly be keeping my eye out for any future releases by Kerry Kaya! 👀 

Thank you to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review 📖
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This is a gritty and realistic read which I have devoured. I love a journey into the world of gangland crime.

This is filled with great characters and is a book that has converted me as a fan of this author. I have been completely unable to put this novel down.

This is a book which I have been completely pulled into. I have found it unpredictable and have been left wanting to read more by this author.
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Brothers Fletcher and Spencer have had a tough start in life, surrounded by poverty, violence and drink from their Step uncle they are taken under the wing of gangster Billy King.  The Bannermans are his rival family and he will do anything to stop them in their tracks.
The bond between the brothers is lovely. When one of the brothers falls for Kings wife Susan when acting as her chauffer things become tense, If Billy finds out he will kill both of them.

This was an exciting gangland book with violence to make you gasp at times. It was written in such a clever way that made the characters believable. It had a gripping storyline and the imagination of the writer made the book so real.

Thank you Kerry for a real rollercoaster of a read. xxx
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this excellent book. xx
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If you are looking for a gritty book that keeps you hooked, then you need to read this book. You truly feel as if you are there with the characters rather than reading about them on the page. The characters were also really intriguing. It was great to see how close families can be, how caring and loyal characters can be in one sense but then be involved in the dark, gritty lifestyle that they are.

This was my first book by the author and it certainly won’t be my last. I can’t wait to read some more from her as she has a real talent and kept me hooked all the way through. The book was dark and disturbing in places, also heartwarming in others and I had to keep going just to see what happened next.

A great four stars from me.
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Oh my goodness this book has taken over my life for the last few days, I could not put it down, it felt like I was watching it on TV and I now am having major withdrawal symptoms!

If you like an edge of your seat read then The Price is definitely the book for you. From the very first page I was pulled into the book and didn’t come out until I’d read the last sentence. I found myself reading it in every spare moment I had.

The characters were created so beautifully that I could create them in my mind, each one unique and with their own story. There is swearing in the book, but this made the story even more real and gritty and added to the whole atmosphere and scene setting of it.

Fletch is a great character with lots of depth, and I found myself rooting for him throughout. The Price packs a punch with characters coming to unexpected ends, this definitely isn’t a story that has happy ever afters throughout but this adds to the thrill of reading it. There are some real plot twists that leave your heart pounding.

I love stories set in the East End and this was the perfect setting for the The Price. The story centres around two London gangs, one led by the notorious Billy King, the other by the dark and very nasty George Bannerman. I’m not going to give any of the plot away as it would spoil it for you,

I cannot recommend this book enough, I’d love to see a sequel to this if it was possible and I could imagine it being a hit as a TV drama.
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Review as part of the blog tour

Fletch, his brother Spencer and their best mate Stevie are local lads up to no good. They soon get noticed by Billy King. King’s not a man to be messed with and little do the lads know they will soon be joining the ranks of Billy’s gang.

Billy takes a shine to Fletch and it shows, money flows and loose lips talk and the trust grows. This trust is put to the test when Fletch catches the eye of Billy’s wife, the attraction is mutual and given Billy really doesn’t deserve his wife Fletch soon finds himself head over heals.

While Fletch is preoccupied, King’s gang is like a pressure cooker waiting to go off, local rivals are pushing their weight around and Billy has to make a statement.. although he’s smart.. he doesn’t actually want to get caught.. he just wants these guys to know you can’t cross Billy King and live!

The pressure ramps up when King has Spencer take out one of the rival crew. Fletch is very protective of his brother and this further adds to the stress Fletch is under, but why is he so protective? His brother is big enough to look after himself after all.

The bombshell twist hits home hard and Fletch has to do everything he can to stop his brother learning the truth.. he’s also got to work hard to keep his relationship a secret still if he doesn’t want his boss to kill him.

Inevitably for a gangster Fletch’s  world comes crashing down and his life is spiralling out of control. Can he keep his family safe?

The Price is a super fast paced and easy flowing gangland tale focusing on family and hidden secrets. The twists came just when you needed them to keep you sucked in. A fun enjoyable read
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I haven't read anything by Kerry Kaya before but I will certainly be looking out for her in the future.  The Price is a cracking read.  A gangland thriller which follows in the style of Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.

The book is about Fletch and his brother Spence, who work for local gangland boss Billy King.  Fletch falls for Billy's wife Suzie - if Billy were to find out about this Fletch would be a dead man.  Just what is Fletch prepared to lose & will the cost be too high...even for him!

This book will keep you on the edge of your seat.  Highly recommended and I will definitely be looking out for Kerry's next book.

Thank you to Netgalley, Boldwood Books and the author for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I haven't read many books focus on gangsters, except when they were the bad guys in some crime or mystery novels. So it was quite interesting to read a book that had not only a crime element, but also some romance in the mix, which I liked because it gave the book an added tension.

I love that there is a darker sense to the story because we are connecting with Fletch and he's part of a gang. There is danger and action in a criminal setting. It had twist and turns and I loved that it got me curious to know what will happen next. The characters were what made me really want to read page after page. Although they are criminals, I could understand their motivations, which was fascinating and it made wonder.

With interesting characters that had firm personalities and were dynamic. With rival gangs, street crime, and that feel of good and bad in the characters attitudes and goals. I went through the book at a fast pace. It was attention grabbing and had some curious moments, that made me thing of what was happening and comparing it to the real world and the possibilities and truth in the plot.

Overall, it was exciting and surprising, and it wasn't what I expected, but in a good way. I enjoyed it and it was refreshing for me.

[Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.]
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A perfect example of a good gangland tale!  If you are looking for an author on par with Kimberley chambers and martina Cole look no further!

After their mum leaves their abusive father, And seeks safety and refuge at her step-brother,Frank’s house, young Fletch and Spencer become embroiled with local gangster Billy King and his criminal activities.  The pair sink deeper into King’s feud with rival gang, the Bannermans.  Whilst the money and notoriety are good there is always a price to pay for this way of life as Fletch soon finds out.

Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Fans of gritty gangland thrillers are going to want to add Kerry Kaya’s The Price to their must-buy list.

Harry Fletcher is well aware of the risks that come with working for notorious gangster Billy King. Having grown up on the tough streets of the East End of London, Fletch has spent a lifetime ducking and diving and doing whatever it takes to survive. Dodging bullets and keeping one step ahead of the law are all part of a day’s work. Danger does not scare Fletch, however, when he starts sleeping with Billy’s beautiful wife Susan, he puts himself squarely in the line of fire because if his boss finds out that he is having an affair with Susan, the consequences could be deadly.

The deeper Fletch gets with Susan, the more reckless he becomes. Fletch is on top of the world and getting bolder and bolder by the minute. Billy hasn’t yet discovered his affair with his wife, so he’s not going to be found now now…or is he? Unbeknownst to Fletch the target on his back is getting bigger and bigger. Pretty soon, Fletch is going to realise that everyone must pay for their transgressions and misdemeanours – even him!

Kerry Kaya delivers everything readers could possibly want with her debut gangland thriller, The Price. The danger and foreboding of the criminal underbelly are brought to chilling life, the characters are larger than life and the stakes have never been higher. Tense, terrifying and with twists and turns galore, Kerry Kaya’s The Price is a heart-stopping rollercoaster ride Kimberley Chambers fans will not want to miss.
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Fletch and his little brother Spence grew up in poverty with their mother and drunken step-uncle. Their fortune changes; however, when they meet the crime boss Billy King and start doing jobs for him. By the time Fletch and Spence are young men, they’re integral members of King’s gang and flourishing — even if it is on the wrong side of the law. But all that will end when Fletch begins an affair with King’s beautiful wife Susan and Spence takes the life of a rival gang member.

Gritty, compelling, and utterly exciting, “The Price” by Kerry Kaya sucks you into the world of rival gangs and organized street crime and brings it to life before your eyes. The book reads like one of the best mobster movies you’ve ever seen on the big screen. Fast paced and action packed, it’s one that’s almost impossible to put down once you get started. The characters of Fletch and Spence are endearing while the characters of gang leaders Billy King and George Bannerman are the epitome of contemptible bad guys. Weaving the seedy, crime-filled underworld with the private lives of the two brothers, “The Price” is horrifying at times, but also full of heart.

Given that “The Price” was my first gangland thriller, I wasn’t sure what to expect — or eager to start reading the book. I never thought it was a genre I would enjoy, but author Kerry Kaya proved me wrong. Although the book portrayed the extreme violence that comes with gang activity, it also had an emotional depth I didn’t expect. While I’m not sure I’ll seek out other gangland thrillers in the future, I will be watching closely for Kerry Kaya’s next release.
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I absolutely love discovering new authors and Kerry Kaya is definitely a new author for me. I read the synopsis for 'The Price' and it certainly sounded like a gritty read. I wasn't wrong either because 'The Price' was definitely gritty and brutal but I thoroughly enjoyed every single second of it but more about that in a bit.
I must be honest and say that all of the characters scared the crap out of me one way and another. The ease with which the central characters turned to such brutal violence against their opponents, was especially scary. I certainly wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of them but then I am a huge wimp.
Oh my flipping word, 'The Price' was an amazing read and then some. To say that reading 'The Price' became very addictive has to be the understatement of the decade, never mind the year. The book seemed to develop a hold over me from the moment I started to read the story and that hold lasted until I had read the very last word on the very last page. I felt compelled (in the nicest possible way) to keep turning those pages. I just had to keep reading to learn what fate had in store for Fletch and Spencer. The pages turned over at a furious pace. I was staggered when I looked up to check on my progress, only to discover that I had already read about half of the book. I had immersed myself into the story that deeply that I lost all track of time and I managed to shut out all other distractions, so that I could focus solely on the story. I soon raced through 'The Price'. In fact I managed to binge read the book over the course of a day, which is really good going for me.
'The Price' is superbly written. I was drawn into this book by the synopsis alone and the story between the covers just sealed the deal as it were. I am rather cross that I have left it this long to discover just how great an author Kerry is. She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and she keeps that attention throughout the story. I find that if I binge read a book, my attention tends to wander about halfway through the book but not with 'The Price' it didn't. I had a feeling that if my attention wandered then I might miss something crucial. Kerry writes about the criminal underworld with brutal honesty and lots of grit. She pulls no punches (pardon the pun) and tells it how it is. I was gripped by the story and on the edge of my seat throughout.
Reading 'The Price' was much like being on a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with more twists and turns to the story than you would find on a 'Snakes & Ladders' board. Just when you though that you could take a breather and reclaim your stomach then off the action would go again.
In short, I thoroughly enjoyed 'The Price' and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers. Fans of Kimberly Chambers, Jessie Keane, Kerry Barnes and Heather Burnside will particularly enjoy this book. I will certainly be reading more of Kerry's work in the future. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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The plot of this dark and gritty gangland thriller centres around Henry (Fletch) Fletcher and his younger brother Spencer who find themselves drawn into the world of easy money, drugs and turf wars after they start working for local Kingpin Billy King. Having escaped a violent, abusive father when they were younger just to find themselves living with their equally abusive uncle, violence was nothing new in the young men's lives. Fletcher had hoped that by working for King their lives might finally start to improve for the better. But the world that they have entered is a violent world of backstabbing, deception, betrayal and revenge. When Albie Bannerman who is the brother of George, the kingpin of a rival firm is murdered it is the catalyst for a deadly game is chess between the two factions which will result in blood shed, violence and death in both sides. George is a very nasty individual who was prepared to do everything in his power to discover what had happened to his brother no matter who gets hurt in the process.

Meanwhile, Fletch is dealing with issues of the romantic kind, he is madly in love with Billy's wife Susan despite knowing exactly what Billy would do to them both if he ever found out about their affair. Fletch has also found himself trapped by a scheming young lady called Tina who saw him as a meal ticket into a life of money and glamour and had used the oldest trick in the book to trap him. Feeling pressure from all sides, Fletch is close to breaking point, what will happen when he finally snaps? Who will still be standing when the smoke from the battle clears? How high a price is he prepared to pay to achieve his after ever after with the woman he loves?

The chapters were written from the perspectives of numerous vivid characters including Fletch,Spencer,Billy,Susan and narcissistic George. I thought that Fletch was a fantastic character, a realistic blend of fledgling gangster and vulnerable young adult who started out just trying to do his best for his mum and brother. I loved how protective he was of his family but there was also times when he came across as just as bad as his uncle and not very likeable. My knowledge of gangland bosses only extends to what I have seen in tv but from I do know, Billy acted like a typical kingpin who liked to control people using violence and intimidation and was a major hypocrite who had absolutely no respect for women including his own wife Susan. The story had quite a large cast of diverse, realistic individuals, some likeable, some not so likeable but unlike some books that have a large cast of characters this fast paced thriller was very easy to follow and understand.

The Price is a extremely well written, dark, gritty and at times harrowing insight into the world of gangs in London in the 1990s that had me hooked in and glued to my kindle from the first page. As you would expect from this type of story,there is quite a lot of violence but the descriptions and scenes weren't overly graphic or uncomfortable to read. I would love to watch a film or tv mini series about Fletch and his life of crime and I hope the author plans to revisit his again in the future. A very enjoyable, thrilling read and very very  highly recommended.
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This is the first time I have read a book by this author and I absolutely loved it. The author starts her story in the past in the first chapter, it sets the scene for what is to follow. What followed was an addictive one sitting read for me as I followed the brothers of Fletch and Spence, they work for local gangland boss Billy.

I really liked how the author focused on the relationship of the brothers rather than violence in this story, although the main focus is Fletch. He has a bit more savvy and has more front to him. Although there are mentions of violence, it wasn’t that brutal in the reading.

The brothers are loyal to each other and their Mum, things in the past were tough and it is now that things seem to be working out. Only thing with being part of a gang is that there is always another gang that wants to make a move.

The story took various turns that I found really intriguing, not just a straight forward rival gangs read, but something with much more heart and human interest to it. Getting to know the brothers through the story was a good way to make a reader kind of connect to them, but even though I really liked them there was always that air of danger about them.

I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this story, a brilliant read that wasn’t what I expected and I found it really hard to put down. I think this book would suit various readers, especially those that want a crime read that has a slightly different angle top it. I am looking forward to reading some of the previous books by this author, and as for this book, well I would definitely recommend it.
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Thank you to Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

A brilliant compulsive read. The first time for me for this author but it won't be the last. Recommended
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