Hard-hit­ting Cole of­fers new read

South Waikato News - - BOOK REVIEWS/NEWS -

Faces By Martina Cole Martina Cole’s lat­est of­fer­ing takes read­ers back into the vi­o­lent world of London’s gang cul­ture.

Pop­u­lar in her home­land, the author was born in Es­sex.

Cole’s writ­ing style is bru­tally hon­est, the cliche ‘‘pulls no punches’’ would fit pre­cisely.

Faces is the story of a 14-year-old boy forced to en­ter the world of gang­sters and thugs to pro­tect his mother and sib­lings.

The book’s char­ac­ters will pull you in but be warned this is not an easy-go­ing com­ing of age tale.

For those look­ing for hard-hit­ting drama in their sum­mer read­ing though, Martina Cole, and her ex­ten­sive back cat­a­logue, are worth check­ing out.

Re­view by Mathew Grocott

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