Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers @kimbochambers @HarperCollinsUK

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Book Description:

Some people are made for a life of crime.

Jason Rampling is a chancer, and he’ll do anything to give his family a better future – whatever the cost.

Melissa didn’t know what she’d let herself in for when she married Jason, but as the stakes get higher, she gets stronger.

In a game where loyalty is everything, Jason will risk everything for one last roll of the dice. Is a life of crime worth the price?

Some would kill for it . . .

My Thoughts:

Living a life of crime is never going to lead to a happy ending. Jason I had a very much love/hate relationship with his character. In one hand I appreciated how he wanted a better upbringing for his daughter as well as the way he looks out for his younger siblings of which there mother is a total waste of space. On the other hand, I couldn’t really condone the dodgy dealings or the way he treats women, especially his wife Melissa. He is very much a Del boy and you can’t help but get taken in by his charm.

Melissa is very young when she meets up with Jason and she also has a young child of her own. In my head I was shouting at her to run a mile as I couldn’t see any good coming from her marrying Jason. Over the course of the story, I kept wondering if there was a chance for these two. At times it seems like there is no hope for them but then at others, I was routing for them as I could see a glimmer of things turning out all rosy.

This is a story full of twists and turns with some unexpected outcomes. I felt like a mother hen as I was constantly worrying about certain characters as the crimes involved started to get darker with more consequences and risks. My heart was in my mouth a few times as my stomach plummeted when something would happen and I could only see more heartbreak ahead.

Life of Crime is another gripping read from the queen of gangland thrillers. I’m always guaranteed an enthralling story and never want to go anywhere when I start one of this author’s novels. I love how the story is spread over a certain time frame which gives us a chance to get to know the characters as well as see them grow. It’s like watching your favourite television soaps, sharing all the happy and sad times with this fictional family. The conclusion was both shocking yet so clever. Another corker of a story and makes for highly entertaining reading.

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