Book 1 in this gritty Manchester crime trilogy. When your enemies get close, family loyalty is all you can trust.
Brother and sister Peter and Adele Robinson never stood a chance. Dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father, and a weak, beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester only prepared them for a life of crime and struggle. But Adele is determined to break the mould. She studies hard at school and, inspired by her beloved grandmother Joyce, she finally makes a successful life for herself on her own.
Peter is not so lucky. Getting more and more immersed in the murky world of crime and gangs, his close bonds with Adele gradually loosen until they look set to break altogether.
But old habits die hard, and one devastating night, Adele is forced to confront her violent past. Dragged back into her worst nightmares, there’s only one person she can turn to when her life is on the line – her brother Peter. After all, blood is thicker than water…
This is the first book that I have read by the author so I jumped at the chance to review Born Bad. It’s the first book in the Manchester crime trilogy and now I am sat here thinking where the hell have I been.
With a prologue set in 1994 the author transports us back to 1973…..where it all began. And we follow a story told in three parts. Where we meet brother and sister Adele and Peter Robinson. Who have had an awful childhood.
Adele is the stronger headed out of the two and is inspired by her gran mother. But Peter on the other hand is a totally different kettle of fish. I am not going to say to much you really need to read this and find out for yourself.
We meet a cast of characters some you will love and some you won’t. Adele’s relationship with her Gran mother reminded me of myself and my Nan! so I could easily relate to this part of the story. In fact I think there is something most people will relate to in this story, with it being realistic.
Born Bad is a gritty easy read where I found myself flying through the pages. They are some heartbreaking moments has well has humour where I found myself laughing out loud.
Born Bad did remind me of Mel Sherratt’s Estate series, so if you enjoyed that you will most diffidently like this. Now I am left looking forward to what happens next.
Heather Burnside grew up in Gorton, a working-class area of Manchester famed as the original location for the TV series, Shameless. She moved from Gorton to Longsight and spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester.
During the 1990s the estate became the headquarters for one of Manchester’s predominant gangs. It regularly featured in the local press due to shootings and drug-related problems. Heather draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels.
After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. During that time she had many articles published in well-known magazines and went on to run a writing services business before focusing on her novels.
Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester which she shares with her two grown-up children.