Exiled from his beloved Newcastle sixteen years ago, Detective Sergeant Lee Jamieson is returning home in search of the teenage daughter he’s never met. With a good promotion under his belt and his parents gone, he’s ready to return to his roots and the warm Geordie spirit he has missed so much.
Much to his surprise, his first assignment is in Valley Park, a forgotten sink estate and home to some of the worst social deprivation in the country – the estate where he grew up, and where Nicola Kelly, the wife of a renowned local villain, calls home.
As Lee and Nicola’s lives become entwined through a series of dramatic events, they fall in love and embark on a dangerous affair that will change both of their lives forever. Nicola’s husband, Micky, has few scruples, and, as he feels her slipping away, tightens his grip on her affections.
In order for Lee and Nicola to be together, Micky Kelly has to go.
The Prodigal was originally written for the screen but never made it on there and was then given to the author to be turned into a novel instead.
The Prodigal I have to say is just screaming out to be featured on the screen and I am so surprised it never happened but luckily for us readers the author has done a fantastic job in turning it into a novel instead so that we don’t miss out on this gripping story.
After years away from the area in which he grew up, Lee Jamieson returns back to Valley park in his role as a Detective Sergeant. Not only does he have his work cut out with having to bring the crime rate down in the area he also has Debbie his ex to face and a daughter that he has never met and who he wants to have a father/daughter relationship with.
On his return Lee meets Nicola, the wife of Micky who is basically running all the crime in the area. Hoping to bring Micky down, Lee doesn’t expect to fall for Nicola which then jeopardises everything for both of them.
The Prodigal is quite a hard hitting story that is sadly probably very true to life. Nicola really stands out in this book. Over time she sees the man she married turn into a hardened criminal. She lives in constant fear for herself and their children. She is so used to being strong for her family and friends that she dreams just for once that someone will be there for her for a change.
I really loved how the story unfolds and as I said before it really is crying out for the screen as maybe some sort of series. The whole storyline is compelling and I really wanted to know how things would turn out mainly for Nicola as you can’t help but have empathy for her.
For anyone who likes true to life crime books that are hard hitting and gritty you will devour this book. I for one was certainly pleasantly surprised just how good it is. Will certainly be looking out for more by this author.
Many thanks to the author for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The Prodigal is available to purchase from Amazon