Review: Born Bad

Born Bad (Manchester Trilogy #1)




Book 1 in this gritty Manchester crime trilogy. When your enemies get close, family loyalty is all you can trust.

Brother and sister Peter and Adele Robinson never stood a chance. Dragged up by an alcoholic, violent father, and a weak, beaten mother, their childhood in Manchester only prepared them for a life of crime and struggle. But Adele is determined to break the mould. She studies hard at school and, inspired by her beloved grandmother Joyce, she finally makes a successful life for herself on her own.

Peter is not so lucky. Getting more and more immersed in the murky world of crime and gangs, his close bonds with Adelegradually loosen until they look set to break altogether.

But old habits die hard, and one devastating night, Adele is forced to confront her violent past. Dragged back into her worst nightmares, there’s only one person she can turn to when her life is on the line – her brother Peter. After all, blood is thicker than water…

Rating: 4.5-stars


Born Bad by Heather Burnside was a dark yet thrilling read. I was entertained from the get go. The plot contained many twists and turns. A lot of it was unexpected but in a good way. The characters had their own journey of handling their shared past and their current future. One was a trouble maker since a child. The other was a decent child focused on her studies. Now, the siblings who have fallen far apart are reconnected. The dark shared past comes back to bite them and it was only a matter of time…

There was an emotional journey as well as the edgy vibe. I enjoyed watching the cast of characters mature and learn from their mistakes. Family comes first, that theme kept hitting home as the siblings were pushed together again. Family, betrayal, danger were found on these pages. Heather Burnside knows how to entertain readers like myself. I would recommend this crime fiction novel to all.



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