The Knock by Jessie Keane

44798262._SY475_ Synopsis: Dora O’Brien had a good start in life, but things went bad when she began to mix with the wrong company. Pregnant by her gangster lover, she found herself on the streets and then in the grips of a bent copper called Donny Maguire.

When her daughter Angel is born, Dora is already under the influence of drink and drugs, and handed around to Donny’s mates. Growing up in the shadow of her mother’s abusive relationship, Angel is nothing like her mother, but when matters turn murderous, Angel is forced to grow up fast and survival becomes the name of the game.

For some, being on the wrong side of the law is the safest place to be . . .

My Rating: 5/5

My Review: I absolutely LOVE Jessie Keane’s books and this one was no different BUT (there is a but), I actually really disliked the initial main character of Dora. Even though I struggled to like her, I felt sorry for er because of the situation she finds herself in. Even though I disliked her, the writing and storyline had me gripped.

When Dora’s daughter Angel is born things take an even darker twist. This book does feature some scenes that people may struggle with such as domestic abuse but it’s written so well that I think it’s fitting with the story. The second half of the book I absolutely LOVED as Angel was a character that has really been through the mill and you just didn’t know what would happen next. Overall this was another outstanding read that makes other books seem lacklustre in comparison!

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