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This is the third and last book in this series. It is gritty, violent and dark. It is full of strong and evil characters some of which are both. It is action packed the whole way through and I liked the ending. 

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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Brilliant and true to life again love gangland you will love this.. Definetely up there with Martine Cole books
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This is the third book in the Manchester trilogy, and once again (or should it be thrice again?) this is a cracker of a read.  I just love East end type of bad guys, "faces" and Ms Burnside delivers each and every time.  I grew up reading books by prolific authors such as Martina Cole, Mandasue and don't forget about Kimberley, and Ms Burnside can be counted with them.  Recommended!!
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I would like to thank Aria Publishing and the Netgalley website for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted by the blanket, we see the pretty Adèle who after the death of her brother Peter agrees to run his nightclub. She's going to make sure that the actions that happen up there are legal.

A third addictive book full of suspense and twists and turns with a captivating story and engaging characters.

Looking forward to reading the full trilogy.
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Adele is attacked from all sides, by both friends and foe.

This is the last book in the trilogy.  Adele is managing the Golden Bell Nightclub, while her brother, Peter, is in prison. She is under pressure from Peter’s second in command, Glynn. 
She is targeted by another gang eager to take over from Peter while he is languishing in jail.

The story takes place in Manchester in the 1990s when rival gangs run the city by any means, fair or foul.

This is the second of the three books I have read, and this is the better of the two. 

Adele is blind to the violence of Peter's world and is trying to run a legitimate business.

There is plenty of blood and violence which gives the book the atmosphere of the gangland era. Without Adele this book would be good - she spoiled it for me.

If you like Martina Cole, then Heather Burnside will delight you too.

Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of this book to review.
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I have been reading books which have been so idyllic that they are too good to be true, or really horrendous thrillers

This was certainly different. Adele has been thrust into the running of the nightclub owned by her brother who is currently in prison. Everyone in the story has served time, including Adele and it is dealt with very matter of factly and casually in the book. Whether that added to the general effect of lawlessness or the undercurrent feeling that everything was slightly dodgy is another thing.

Adele wants to run the club free of drug dealers but she is up against the implacable Glynn who wants a share of the action and is intent eventually on getting rid of her brother. Though Adele has her suspicions of Glynn she has no concrete proof to present to Peter who is skeptical of his sister's views on the subject. Since she was once involved with Glynn Peter thinks she is a bit sour that he has now found someone else. 

The story goes on and you know that it is not going to end well for Peter despite he getting out of prison. Glynn pretends for a little while that he is a friend, but is constantly undercutting Peter and cheating him of his share - whether legally or illegally acquired is a moot point in the story.

The book was different because here we were dealing with characters who all had served time, who did not think twice of cheating, who were involved in the drug trade and who had no qualms how they earned their daily bread.
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5☆ A Gritty, Thrilling Page Turner I couldn't put down!

Vendetta is a gritty crime/gangster fiction set in Manchester, that had me hooked.
This is the third book in the series, but can be read perfectly well as standalone.

Adele’s brother, Peter is serving time in prison for GBH. He owns the Golden Bell Nightclub.
He asks Adele to help run it whilst he is serving his sentence. She can't refuse as she owes him big time!

However things are not all they seem as on the sideline, Peter's second in command Glynn is running protection rackets, but Glynn doesn't play nice and he will stop at nothing to get what he wants!

Adele doesn't trust Glynn one bit, despite the fact he is her Ex Boyfriend and a complete psycho he doesn't take orders from a women and wants her out! 
No matter the cost!
I really enjoyed their power struggle as Adele kicks ass! 

I thoroughly enjoy Heather's books, they are always gritty, action packed, realistic, gripping and strong characters. 
Vendetta has all of that and more. 

It was so good to see a strong, ballsy, determined female lead. Adele holds her own against the rival gangs, her staff, and Glynn! She is not afraid to jump in and get her hands dirty! 

The pace is gripping, at times dramatic, there is violence but it does fit in with the nature of the storyline. 
As Heather delves the reader into the murky waters of the underground nightclub/protection rackets and criminal activity.
The characters are strong, not all are likeable but to me that makes the perfect gangland thriller, everyone loves to hate villians.
There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader turning the pages.

Definitely a must read!
I love Heather's books and can't wait for her next one.

Thank you to Aria books for this copy which I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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This book is ok.It's the third in the series about Adele and her brother Peter. In this story Adele is running Peter's night club as Peter is in prison. Glynn who is an employee and menace is gradually taking over Peter's businesses, by dealing drugs and violence. Can Adele deal with this? Read on!
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The last in 'The Manchester Trilogy' series 'Vendetta', follows Adele's life running her brother's club in Manchester and the events that follow his release from prison. The book reads well as a standalone, although I have read 'Blood Ties', the second book in the series.

The writing style, which is often in the passive tense, jars with the action-packed plot and pace. Some of the characters in this final novel, as with the previous book are stereotypical. Despite its weaknesses, the pacing is fast, and it's absorbing and easy to read. As a crime novel, it contains violence, but nothing gratuitous and the often unlikeable characters fit with the gritty, edgy lifestyle it portrays. There are no real surprises, but the ending is positive. and one that Adele deserves.

I received a copy of this book from Aria Fiction via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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This book is everything a psychological thriller/mystery should be!  The author created characters that are well developed and a plot that moves along quickly!  I found myself completely immersed in this one!  Highly recommend!
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Great writing. This book was the third in a series but was suitable as a stand alone read. 
An amazing action packed book
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Loved it couldn't put it down 
Gripping and full of twists and turns 
Keeps you up all night 
5 stars ✨
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Hey, firstly to say this is the 3rd in the ‘Manchester’ trilogy by this author but I have not read the previous 2 and it works perfect as a ‘stand alone’

This is a real solid ‘in your face’ Manchester gangster tale and holds no punches as it delves into the world of nightclubs, revenge, double crossing and at times the violent lives of those involved!
Adele is left to run ‘The Golden Bell’ club as her brother Peter is in jail and trying to make her fail is Peters sidekick Glyn, a real nasty piece of work who is most put out answering to a woman!!
The story then goes on to show their power struggle and also to show how other gangs intend to ‘muscle in’on the situation and cause chows, a couple of scenes where the nightclub are attacked by these gangs are harrowing but perfectly described and caused me to have a sweat as it was so realistic ( you know the ‘ playing out in your head as your reading thing?’ well it was 100% in these scenes) 
I was pleased, as there can be in this genre, that there was very little repetition or wasted pages and the story sped along nicely with lots of added characters and sub stories that made the story complete
The author as well as pulling no punches also showed great emotion in describing a character being in a coma and how it affected Adele, this was great and showed 2 distinct sides to the writing and style
I loved it, the story flows and the writing involves you and why I am not keen to compare to other writers in this genre it stands out to me as one of the best I have read this year
Action packed and real, superb
10/10 5 stars
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Thanks Netgalley and the Publisher.  This book is based around the Manchester club scene in the 1990's and whilst it is of a similar genre to other authors this was not bad, not brilliant though
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This book was  number 3 in order of the book club . 
I really enjoyed it and Adele was running the Golden Bell , her brother was Peter and he was in jail .
Eventually Peter came out of jail and he had a mistake in Glynn Mason who killed him .
Adele was very worried but the police got him and she was going to Macclesfield to live with Chris .
I received an ARC
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I really loved the first two books in this trilogy and this final novel did not disappoint! Full of twists, turns and things that you won't see coming. More from this author please.
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This is a continuation of Blood ties a Manchester Trilogy. We catch up with Adele and Peter Robinson. Whilst Peter is in prison Adele takes over running his club The golden Bell. 
I wasn't disappointed it was an excellent follow-up and it flowed beautifully.  Glynn the person running the protection racket side of being in the business, has got the right ump as he was sure he would be running things much to his anger that Peter had trusted his precious club with his sister Adele. , 
Glynn's anger rears it's head throughout and causes many problems. Adele struggles to stop drugs from coming into the club, which in the world of crime and clubs is a continual struggle
As the story unfolds we witness anger, violence and revenge. It is a great crime story which I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to read, enjoy and review this book.
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This book was amazing. It was that good i read it in less than 5 hours couldn't put it down. Just carried on. Didn't see many of the twists coming just was so good. Shame the trilogy ended but I will be looking for more from this author. 

Well done 👍
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