Saturday 17 February 2018

Born Bad by Marnie Riches

Born BadBorn Bad by Marnie Riches
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 328

Publisher - Avon

Source - Book shop

Blurb from Goodreads

A powerful, darkly comic novel set in the criminal underworld of Manchester from bestselling author Marnie Riches.

The battle is on…

When gang leader Paddy O’Brien is stabbed in his brother’s famous nightclub, Manchester’s criminal underworld is shaken to the core. Tensions are running high, and as the body count begins to grow, the O’Brien family must face a tough decision – sell their side of the city to the infamous Boddlington gang or stick it out and risk losing their king.

But war comes easy to the bad boys, and they won’t go down without a fight. So begins a fierce battle for the South Side, with the leading Manchester gangsters taking the law into their own hands – but only the strongest will survive…

My Review

Paddy O'Brien has had enough, when an attack makes him question his position, maybe it is time to sell up and enjoy his later years. However it is hard to walk away from the life you know, harder still when folk are attacking your people. Insults must be addressed, attacks must be countered and family always come first.

This is my first book by Riches, sure I have bought a few but this is the first I have read. It shows the darker side of that lifestyle, infidelity, violence, spousal abuse, the criminal underbelly, killers for hire and that is just scratching the surface. It makes for difficult reading at times because it is very gritty and realistic in some of the scenes, little value for human life. The organised crime is set in Manchester and we are immersed in the dark dealings and lifestyles, how it is funded relatively quickly. If you are easily offended this book isn't for you, if you like your crime raw, dark and ruthless you will love this. 4/5 for me this time, whilst this is my first dance with Riches, it won't be my last.

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  1. This does sound dark and gritty, I like watching movies with this kind of plot. Sounds like a good read!

  2. I think that it is important that some fiction show the darker side of life. Especially when it comes to stories like this.

    Stories about gangsters wanting to leave a life of crime are very common, but when done right they can be very entertaining.

  3. Lainy, this one sounds good n'gritty. Excellent concise review! I hope you have an enjoyable weekend.

  4. Hm... this might be the kind of dark that I may have trouble with this one. Still, I do know someone who would enjoy. Brilly review.


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