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My thanks to Head of Zeus, Aries Fiction and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘Vengeance’ written by Heather Burnside, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Hannah Conway works behind the bar in The Gilded Cage where she flirts with Russ Cole who works for her boss Jez Reilly. Jez is developing land and intends buying the houses where Hannah’s grandma lives. He’s instructed Russ to threaten the residents who won’t sell but Russ refuses as he draws the line at hurting defenceless people. Russ is in hiding as Jez’s thugs are after him but with Hannah’s help he hopes to get revenge.

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the Working Girls series and the previous Manchester thrillers I was looking forward to reading ‘Vengeance’. It’s well-written with an absorbing plot that includes violence, bloodshed, and interesting characters, but it didn’t have the excitement I’ve come to expect from this author and wasn’t anything particularly special. It’s a good sound gangland thriller and easy to read but I didn’t find it as enjoyable as the author’s previous books.

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I like a good gangland crime story every once in a while and I am always on the lookout for new authors to add to my, up till now, rather short list of favorites in this genre. 

When the opportunity arose to read this author's new book, I jumped to the occasion. 

First of all, I want to say I love the cover. It screams gangland from miles away, as does the title. I like it when I am offered the whole package: title, cover and genre matching perfectly and this is what I got here. I was already very happy, before I even opened the book. Pretty good start, no? ;)

I like the setting of the story. Corruption, bent policeman, extortion and violence are top ingredients for a gangland thriller and this story had them all. On the other hand,  the violence was too soft for me. I like them grittier, but hat is a personal taste of course. 

After having read this book, do I want to discover more of this author's writing? I most certainly do! 4 stars

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Vengeance is an0ther cracker of a book from Heather Burnside with gritty characters and a gripping storyline as ever.

When you work for people that have got a checkered past and have no fear in breaking the law to get what they want you're bound to see and hear things that you're not meant to. Hannah finds that her boss Jez has some dodgy dealings linked to the street where her Nan lives and when residents of that street start getting intimidated to leave their homes she gets very suspicious. Lots of drama unfolds and Hannah gets involved in ways that she would have never thought possible.

Heather Burnside has written several series of books before this book (all brilliant too) and I look forward to seeing whether Vengeance turns into a series too or remains a standalone.

A highly recommended read.

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Not too much gore and a nice easy read is how I would describe this book. It is a slower pace to some gangland fiction but the book is well written throughout.
Although this is book 4 in the series there is no need to read the previous books, although you will probably want to.
The author always shines a spotlight on the relationships and families involved in gangland crime. In this book, I feel that the spotlight has shifted even more to the relationships and families of the main characters. The gangland crime element is still there but this book looks more at those that suffer the consequences of gangland crime.
Many thanks to Head of Zeus, NetGalley, and the author for providing me with an advanced electronic copy of the book in return for an honest unbiased review.
The book will be published on 1st August 2024

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I like this series of thrillers, set in Manchester but this one just failed to keep my interest throughout. I liked the characters, although Hannah really annoyed me at times! The plotting just seemed to plod along and it was just an ok read, with not much suspense or pace. Thanks to Net Galley for my ARC.

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An easy and quick read. No major surprises or moments of suspension. For me this book lacked the usual grit that has been in the authors previous books. Nonetheless, still an enjoyable read.

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Love heather burnside books and was delighted to read this latest one vengeance.
Thankyou netgallery for allowing me to read the book.
Hannah conway is a single mum to a little boy..she works in a bar to maje ends meat.one night while she is serving a customer she over hears a conversation regarding local hardman gangster jez reilly.he wants to build a luxurious development on land were her nanna lives and wants to get them all out of their own homes at a knock down price. Hannah realises too late how much danger she is in
As per usual a fast paced full of twists and turns and im sure another best seller for heather a blinding book by a first rate author

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Yet another brilliant and gripping novel by Heather Burnside.
Fans of her writing will get a huge kick out of what she has created here.
Those who puck this book up and walk into her writing clean are in for a real surprise and treat.
Highly recommended

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Fantastic book. Fast paced with the usual amount of suspense. Great storyline, looking forward to the next book.

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Book Four in the Manchester thrillers series.
Hannah Conway single mum to Kai working nights at the Gilded Cage nightclub,
her boss Jez Reilly along with Pake Holdings LTD both want to turn Rovener Street into a new luxury development, Jez owns three shops, her Nana Pat Bennett owns her house and she not selling up without a fight. After a vicious mob attack on her nana, Hannah swears to hit back with the help of handsome customer Russ Cole, so will justice be served.
Harrowing, Biting, fast pace read that you will be unable to put down.
This has to be my favourite in the series so far that will leave you reading such nail biting chapters all the way through.

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Another amazing hit for this author. Had a great storyline plus characters were awesome. I hope there's a follow up

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Yet another great read from Heather Burnside . Would be nice if there was a follow up to see if they get together .Well worth a read .

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Firstly thank you Netgalley for this Arc

Another good book by this author ,gritty page turner and keeps you hooked

Can’t wait to read more

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This was an ok read for me. Having read the author's earlier books and enjoyed, I found this one plodded along. There was just no oomph, no surprises, and it was pretty predictable.
If you want an easy read that you dip in and out of, then this would be perfect.
Thanks to Netgalley and Head of Zeus for the ARC.

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Another great book and fantastic storyline, never disappoints and one of my favourite ones she has written, looking forward to the next one though in the future

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