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Having seen The Take and The Runaway on television, both of which I thought were great, I thought I would give Martina Cole books a try. Just started The Jump and it is quite good so far. It's not normally my type of book, but I like reading something different every now and then. Has anyone read any others?
I've read The Ladykiller, Maura's Game and Dangerous Lady.I never thought this type of read would appeal to me (I'm more of a murder mystery type) but I really enjoyed her books, very well written and you do get to know the characters. There is quite a bit of violence and gore... I'll have to look at The Jump!:-)
Have read The Take, Dangerous Lady and Maura's Game.They are all very well written. I find I can only read one occasionally as they are so descriptive,very violent and gory in places and the language, well, not for the faint-hearted! Don't read them at bedtime, stuff of nightmares!!! After a Martina Cole I go back to a nice easy "Chick Lit"
I read Martina occasionally for a change from murder mystery books. Apart from the ones mentioned I have read The Business / Faces / The Graft / Goodnight Lady / Hard Girls / and Broken. I have Faceless on my bookshelf, and The Ladykiller on my kindle. I agree they are a bit gory , but saying that, none the less very readable. You just have to keep reading to know how it all turns out in the end!!! I have never watched the books that have been filmed. I don't think I would sleep afterwards!!!!!
yes i've read lots too - always really enjoy them. If i put them in the book box at work i put a sticker on it with a 'strong language' caution!!!
Whipping through The Jump at quite a fast pace, it is very good!
I think I've read more or less everything she's written - her books are a guilty pleasure because they're racy, earthy, sexy and a bit harsh! I admit to enjoying all of them - they're the sort of books that draw pictures in your head, and the 'feel' is that she knows the lifestyle she writes about - her writing comes across as genuine. I would *hate* to live in her world, or that of her characters, but it's a fascinating one! The female characters are great - every woman she writes about has some inner strength, even in the face of extreme poverty and adversity. I really enjoy Martina Cole's writing, though I'm always left feeling guilty, for some reason!My only problem is remembering which books I've read, and which I haven't - the blurb on the back is a bit sameish for all of them.
Has anyone who has read The Runaway and The Take seen the television versions? I'd like to know if the lived up to the books.
Like Darkginger, I too can't always remember what books I have read by reading the stuff on the back cover and have purchased the same book twice only to find that out when starting to read it!! I now jot down what I have read in a note book. That has saved me a lot of cash over the last couple of years.
I have every book she has written.I thoroughly enjoy her books - but her style is what i like, london, irish gangster type.I have 3 of her book to tv adaptations, am waiting for the runaway to drop in price before i get that - SIL saw it on her sky plus box thingy and rally enjoyed it....do prefer how i see the characters in my head though - am sure i could cast better lol.
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