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Hard Girls Paperback – April 15, 2010
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Hard Girls was boring, predictable, badly written, tedious and I knew who the perpetrator was after their first scene in the book. The author has adopted a short-chapter format - most chapters are two pages or less - and coupled this with an effort to provide a cliffhanger for each chapter. This broke the rhythm of the story and brought an artificiality to the reading that I can only liken to the "fourth wall" in TV: I saw the construction of the story and this stopped me believing in it. In trying to create an atmosphere of hard, callous characters she gives her people words to say that sound mealymouthed and clumsy. I couldn't believe the solution would be so obvious, I also couldn't believe Martina Coles would continue to write so badly throughout. So I kept going and unfortunately it was, and she did.
I will try others of her work, The Take cannot be an accident, but I advise you not to bother with this.
A great ending to dci Kate burrows career
A great love twist
But I did figure out who the murderer was but it was interesting reading about how Kate and her team solved the mystery
Why don't I remember them then? Maybe because I'm an 'old person'. Who cares, so much easier to read again.
Have bought many from Kindle that I didn't already have, and only have 3 more to buy.
Keep up the good work Martina- I might start remembering.
from Martina Cole.
Kate Burrows is a character Martina Cole fans would know from the past. She is supposed to be retired but still consults at the Grantley Police Station. Kate cannot stay away. She lives the job, breathes the job, has a reputation in the job. Kate's working the case with Annie Carr, both women are on the hunt for Grantley's latest killer. Their relationship becomes strained as Kate pulls rank at work and also at home. They do work well together though and build a friendship....a friendship that is tested from time to time.
Patrick Kelly is Kate's `boyfriend' and a well known name amongst the crime scene of Grantley having dealt on the wrong side of the law for years, someone to be feared if you don't play by his rules. He has been involved in pretty much everything but has decided to keep it clean....well cleaner than before anyway. Kate and Patrick's relationship starts to crumble when one of the prostitutes is found murdered in a block of apartments Patrick owns. We follow Kate and Patrick's relationship troubles throughout the book hoping they'll hang on but do they? This is a test neither wanted to eventuate but perhaps knew in the back of their minds would eventually come their way.
I can't say this is Martina Cole's greatest work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As usual Martina is amazing. Her characters grab you, give you a good shake, put you through the wringer and then give you some tears. Read morePublished 11 months ago by irene oxley
Again loved this book - so glad it ended the way it did - and usually I can suss out what's going on early, this book gave a a surprise!!Published 13 months ago by A. A. G. Peeperkoorn
Excellent, hard to leave down.true to life well researched.Published 16 months ago by TERESA BUTLER
I read the other reviews and agree with some of them. This book for me is between 3 and 4 stars.
There are good things about this book and some are more-not to my taste than... Read more
Awesome, just like everything else by Martina Cole. I wouldn't expect anything less from her. Real good read I'd say.Published 20 months ago by Wildcat