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'One of the bad girls of gritty crime' Daily Mirror A gritty tale of hard time, hard men and hard drugs for fans of Martina Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell and Kerry Barnes. When Mary's mother throws her out, the sassy teenager soon learns how tough life can be. Her new friend Lynne is older, more sophisticated. She has a taste for cocaine and isn't above walking the streets f 'One of the bad girls of gritty crime' Daily Mirror A gritty tale of hard time, hard men and hard drugs for fans of Martina Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell and Kerry Barnes. When Mary's mother throws her out, the sassy teenager soon learns how tough life can be. Her new friend Lynne is older, more sophisticated. She has a taste for cocaine and isn't above walking the streets for extra cash to pay for it. Mary sticks to a straighter path, until the night Lynne brings Ali and Raiz back to their flat. The women don't know that their sexy new friends are small-time criminals, desperate for alibis for a drug-dealer's murder. All too soon, Mary is in more trouble than she can handle. Can her old friend Jane's risky scheme save Mary? Or has her fate been sealed by falling for the wrong man? 'A cracking read that will chill you to the bone' Sun on Two-Faced 'Mandasue has played a real blinder with this fantastic novel' Martina Cole on Forget-Me-Not


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'One of the bad girls of gritty crime' Daily Mirror A gritty tale of hard time, hard men and hard drugs for fans of Martina Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell and Kerry Barnes. When Mary's mother throws her out, the sassy teenager soon learns how tough life can be. Her new friend Lynne is older, more sophisticated. She has a taste for cocaine and isn't above walking the streets f 'One of the bad girls of gritty crime' Daily Mirror A gritty tale of hard time, hard men and hard drugs for fans of Martina Cole, Dreda Say Mitchell and Kerry Barnes. When Mary's mother throws her out, the sassy teenager soon learns how tough life can be. Her new friend Lynne is older, more sophisticated. She has a taste for cocaine and isn't above walking the streets for extra cash to pay for it. Mary sticks to a straighter path, until the night Lynne brings Ali and Raiz back to their flat. The women don't know that their sexy new friends are small-time criminals, desperate for alibis for a drug-dealer's murder. All too soon, Mary is in more trouble than she can handle. Can her old friend Jane's risky scheme save Mary? Or has her fate been sealed by falling for the wrong man? 'A cracking read that will chill you to the bone' Sun on Two-Faced 'Mandasue has played a real blinder with this fantastic novel' Martina Cole on Forget-Me-Not

30 review for The Game

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shona

    A sad story following the life of a girl who ends up as a junkie and a prostitute after being kicked out by her mum when she was 16. Nothing would shock you more than how desperate someone can be when relying on drugs to get them through the day. From the cost of the drugs to the effect it has on your on your appearance to lowering your standards so you sell your body. It shows that when you are drugs noone is your friend and you are never safe. Twists and turns throughout the book keep you on ed A sad story following the life of a girl who ends up as a junkie and a prostitute after being kicked out by her mum when she was 16. Nothing would shock you more than how desperate someone can be when relying on drugs to get them through the day. From the cost of the drugs to the effect it has on your on your appearance to lowering your standards so you sell your body. It shows that when you are drugs noone is your friend and you are never safe. Twists and turns throughout the book keep you on edge and shocked as yet another twist unfolds.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    Basically, this is the tale of two friends who are separated due to events in their personal lives (I won't say what & spoil the story) When they are reunited years later, Mary's life has taken a downward turn & her old friend Jane wants to help her. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan... It was quite a good read (reminded me of Martina Cole in style) although the thing that puzzled me was the time period it was supposed to be set in. While the girls were younger it had a 60's/70's f Basically, this is the tale of two friends who are separated due to events in their personal lives (I won't say what & spoil the story) When they are reunited years later, Mary's life has taken a downward turn & her old friend Jane wants to help her. Unfortunately, things don't go according to plan... It was quite a good read (reminded me of Martina Cole in style) although the thing that puzzled me was the time period it was supposed to be set in. While the girls were younger it had a 60's/70's feel about it to me....for example talk of sending young mothers away to have babies in secret (does that still happen?) But then 4 or 5 years down the line mobile phones are mentioned.... Anyhow, despite that quite a good tale. Some of the language used is a bit crude (although it does seem in keeping with the characters) so if you don't like swearing then it's probably not a book for you :o)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Clare O'Beara

    My main issue with this book is that we are given insufficient information about the setting. I thought it must be set in London. I kept wondering why the girls stayed in such a grotty area and never saw any of the nicer parts of London, and never got on the Tube. At the end I asked a British person where Moss Side was, and he told me it was a suburb in Manchester. How is a non-British person supposed to know that? How is a British one for that matter? The story involves two brainless girls who t My main issue with this book is that we are given insufficient information about the setting. I thought it must be set in London. I kept wondering why the girls stayed in such a grotty area and never saw any of the nicer parts of London, and never got on the Tube. At the end I asked a British person where Moss Side was, and he told me it was a suburb in Manchester. How is a non-British person supposed to know that? How is a British one for that matter? The story involves two brainless girls who take up with immigrant men who use them as a source of income, including making them into prostitutes so they can all afford the drugs of their choice. The girls' idea of a good time is watching TV and planning what they will do when they are famous, although they never make any effort to do anything praiseworthy. I am sure that such people exist but for the sake of the future of humanity I hope they are few. I did not find this a pleasant read, with the drugs, abuse and violence, but the writing style was fluid and I am sure others may like it more than I did.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ayny

    It's very dismal and grim story of two young women in Manchester UK. Their lives are interspersed with conflict, tragedy, and friends. Well written, with lots of cursing and vulgarities. Not too many likable characters, actually. good writing Ms Heller. It's very dismal and grim story of two young women in Manchester UK. Their lives are interspersed with conflict, tragedy, and friends. Well written, with lots of cursing and vulgarities. Not too many likable characters, actually. good writing Ms Heller.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    This was a grim story, watching a group of drug addicts spiral repeatedly to the depths of despair. It was at times a bit too graphic. Not my cup of tea.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian Springett

    Great book

  7. 4 out of 5

    cuckoo

    Not one of Manuasue's best books. It is sad how a young girl can become dependant on drugs and how easy a girl can turn to prostitution to pay for her habit. In addition the story looks at the relationships some positive though mostly negative and what people will do for love. Not one of Manuasue's best books. It is sad how a young girl can become dependant on drugs and how easy a girl can turn to prostitution to pay for her habit. In addition the story looks at the relationships some positive though mostly negative and what people will do for love.

  8. 5 out of 5

    June Jones

    o.k. not ass good as some of the others

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jody Wheeler

    Not bad I have only read3 books by this author but I really enjoying them. I have seen this author books so many a.c.now glad I have started to read them.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Once again a superb book from Mandasue Heller. I thought that the characters were very believable and the book had a gritty realism about it. I love reading this authors books because I know that no matter the subject matter, I will be entertained. This had everything from sadness to hope for the future and if your a fan of this author, you won't be disappointed. Once again a superb book from Mandasue Heller. I thought that the characters were very believable and the book had a gritty realism about it. I love reading this authors books because I know that no matter the subject matter, I will be entertained. This had everything from sadness to hope for the future and if your a fan of this author, you won't be disappointed.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Sawyer

    A pretty hard-hitting read! I have never read such a raw tale of a hard life shrouded in drugs, violence and prostitution. It's saddening to think that although this is fiction, it has got to be rooted in some element of truth! Yes, everyone knows drugs can devastate a life, but when it is the life of someone you are really rooting for due to masterful character development, it's pretty hard to take! A pretty hard-hitting read! I have never read such a raw tale of a hard life shrouded in drugs, violence and prostitution. It's saddening to think that although this is fiction, it has got to be rooted in some element of truth! Yes, everyone knows drugs can devastate a life, but when it is the life of someone you are really rooting for due to masterful character development, it's pretty hard to take!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I found it a bit confusing in the beginning. But the more you read the more it makes sence, and you get the hole aha experince which i love! I really like how you see the scenes from different characters. It gives you the feeling of knowing more then the characters, and get a bette idea about what is going on.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maria Daines

    Currently reading, brilliant and absorbing but I've taken an age to get half way through because I haven't had enough time to read this year. Mandasue is a fantastic writer and the plot is really engaging, looking forward to reading all of her books. Great storytelling and real life characters. Excellent! Currently reading, brilliant and absorbing but I've taken an age to get half way through because I haven't had enough time to read this year. Mandasue is a fantastic writer and the plot is really engaging, looking forward to reading all of her books. Great storytelling and real life characters. Excellent!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liane

    This is one of my all time favorite authors! A million times better than Martina Cole! She writes with genuine authenticity, keeps the story interesting and flowing without going overboard and filling up pages for the sake of it. Just finished another one of her books, can't wait to read them all! This is one of my all time favorite authors! A million times better than Martina Cole! She writes with genuine authenticity, keeps the story interesting and flowing without going overboard and filling up pages for the sake of it. Just finished another one of her books, can't wait to read them all!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emma Beath

    such a fantastic read!!!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    loved it

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joy Lawson

    I am a big fan of Mandasues books but I found this book a bit dull. There was no real distinction between the characters and I thought there could have been a lot more to the plot.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Nessa

    Another thoroughly enjoyable book by this author, she never disappoints.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Summers

    Contived rubbish

  20. 5 out of 5

    Victorvanr

    A perfect copy of the best of Martina Cole. Good story, entertaining and above all believable. Highly recommended in this genre.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    An excellent thriller!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Emma Clapperton

    Fantastic read which I read in a few days. An amazing author :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Loved this book could'nt put it down very simlar to Martina Cole Loved this book could'nt put it down very simlar to Martina Cole

  24. 5 out of 5

    P.D.R. Lindsay

    Nothing wrong with the book, it's well written and the characters are well drawn. Its content is not my sort of read. Just a personal thing. Nothing wrong with the book, it's well written and the characters are well drawn. Its content is not my sort of read. Just a personal thing.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra Lopez

    Great storyline!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amina

    Well-written and makes you think how lucky you are with everything that is available for us - most importantly love from the important people in our lives. A heart-wrenching story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    william

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sally Kennard

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jean

  30. 5 out of 5

    Roxie Gallinger

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