- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; edition edition (January 11, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008144737
- ISBN-13: 978-0008144739
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.8 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,153,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Life of Crime: The Gripping No 1 Sunday Times Bestseller Hardcover – January 11, 2018
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What a story!
Fantastic characters, cracking and clever plot, excellent twists, perfect pace ... this had it in bucket loads and had me totally absorbed from the start.
The story follows the life of Jason Rampling and the various capers and general dodgy dealings he uses and gets involved in in order to get away from his and his daughter's crappy life living with his alcoholic mother on a dire council estate.
Jason is an Arthur Daley or Del Boy kind of a character - you could call him a bit of a rogue - but I really warmed to him; yes he's not the kind of man I would want my daughter to bring home but there was something about him that I was drawn to and although I certainly didn't agree with everything he did, I did find myself having some sympathy for him despite the scrapes he got into being mostly of his own doing. Melissa, another of the main characters, is another story ... oh my goodness, she is one character that had me going round in circles ... do I like her or don't I? and don't even get me started on Tracey!!!! There are several other characters that I could mention but I would be going on for ages such is the ability of the author to bring these people to life and make them feel authentic and memorable.
This is a compelling and gripping take on the consequences of living a life of crime and I would most definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a cracking read with not too much violence.
My thanks must go to the publisher, HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, via Netgalley for my copy in return for an unbiased review.
Jason Ramplings is a chancer who loves wheeling and dealing, and lives on a run-down council estate and is itching to get off that estate by meeting a girl who can help him do this and make a home for him and his daughter.
Melissa is a single mum who meets Jason and falls in love with him. Jason likes Melissa but doesn’t necessarily love her but sees a way to get off estate when he finds out who her father is.
Melissa is the woman who ends up marrying Jason but despite a “hiccup” on their wedding day feels like he’s the one, or is it “she’s made her bed …………”.
We get to see the highs and the lows of Jason and the lengths he will go to get what he wants.
The story is told in part from Jason’s view and gives us an understanding of what his life was like and what he had to deal with as well as the lengths he will go to get what he wants. Little does he realise what will happen!!!!!
An excellent book by Kimberley Chambers and one I enjoyed.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the copy of the book.
This was not my kind of book. It didn't read like a novel, but rather as a treatment for a proposed TV series.
The setting was predictable, East End of London.
The characters were uniformly unpleasant, so much so that I almost gave up on the book as I was finding it difficult to care about what happened to them, yes, even Jason and Melissa.
The plot, such as it was, moved very slowly, even though there were jumps in time between the four parts. It was all just more of the same....we didn't need to be beaten over the head to know that Jason was a wide boy, Tracey was a nasty piece of work etc.
There was finally some interesting action in part four, from an unexpected (at least by me) quarter.
The question is...did everyone get their just deserts?
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book via Netgalley.