The twenty-second novel from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller, Martina Cole, author of DANGEROUS LADY, THE TAKE, THE GOOD LIFE and many more…
Playing grown-ups, the future is theirs for the taking.
Sharon Conway and Lenny Scott are childhood sweethearts. Everyone says they are too young, but nothing can keep them apart. Sharon doesn’t question Lenny’s business dealings and it isn’t long before his reputation as a hard man destined for the top means they are living the good life with their sons.
It leaves a stain on her heart for ever.
But one night Lenny doesn’t come home. It isn’t the first time he has gone AWOL. But it is his last. He is found murdered – beaten to death in an act of brutality that shocks even the police. And Sharon never knows why.
Old wounds will surface.
Now, twenty years later, Sharon has found out the truth. Such a crime cannot go unpunished. Revenge is long overdue. The time has come to…GET EVEN
I have always been a big fan of Martina Cole, but I’m the first to admit her last couple of books have left me feeling disappointed, with the same type of characters, similar plots, and dialogue that was neither new or particularly engaging! Every time I pick up Martina’s latest book I hope she has gone back to her earlier style of writing, they were amazing and very often I would read the whole book in one sitting! they were that engaging. So it was with great trepidation I picked up Get Even.
Get Even is delivered in very short chapters,which at times became a little irritating, some chapters were half a page long,which I though was unnecessary and distracting, I’m still trying to figure out the benefits of writing such short chapters. The characters seem to have been rehashed from previous books I’m sorry to say. Young boy destined to make it big in the crime world, a wife who doesn’t question her husbands business dealing and appears to be a “door mat”,and the “big” crime boss who is getting to old for the job, you get the picture. I found it really difficult to relate to any of the characters as they were just your average Gangland stereo types.
As anyone who has ever read a Martina Cole book will know, there is always a lot of swearing and Get Even is no exception, but in Martina’s defence it is in keeping with her characters and the plot, but after a while it becomes very repetitive. The plot follows the usual formula family, loyalty, treachery and secrets, while I’m sure this formula works for Martina, and continues to help her sale books, I feel I am re-reading one of her older books. Whilst this may suit loyal fans, personally I would like to see Martina up her game and provide her readers with something new and fresh.
If you are looking for a read that doesn’t tax the brain, with a half decent plot line you may enjoy Get Even, but personally I think there are much better authors out there in this genre, Kimberley Chambers is one who springs to mind.
3 ☕️☕️☕️out of 5 from me