The Ties That Bind, Hardback
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Could a soul, once sold, truly be redeemed? Luke is a true crime writer in search of a story. When he flees to Brighton after an explosive break-up, the perfect subject lands in his lap: reformed gangster Joss Grand.

Now in his eighties, Grand once ruled the Brighton underworld with his sadistic sidekick Jacky Nye - until Jacky washed up by the West Pier in 1968, strangled and thrown into the sea.

Though Grand's alibi seems cast-iron, Luke is sure there's more to the story than meets the eye, and he convinces the criminal-turned-philanthropist to be interviewed for a book about his life.

Luke is drawn deeper into the mystery of Jacky Nye's murder.

Was Grand there that night? Is he really as reformed a character as he claims? And who was the girl in the red coat seen fleeing the murder scene?

Soon Luke realises that in stirring up secrets from the past, he may have placed himself in terrible danger.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 352 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444728361



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Luke is a true crime writer and is in search if a story. Whilst stayingbin Brighton he stumbles across Joss Grand a reformed gangland boss. Luke is soon drawn into the mystery of the death of Jacky Nye, Joss Grand's closest friend.My Thoughts:I have read all three previous books by Erin Kelly and loved them. This book I didn't love as much. The story was ok but I found that for me it wasn, t gritty enough for its content. I even hate to say that towards the end I was getting quite bored with it.I was really expecting a lot more knowing that Erin Kelly is a good thriller author. I was expecting a few good twists and turns, and although there was the odd red herring but I found the story becoming predictable and the reasons why a bit thin.This book was a little bit of a let down and I was disappointed overall as the outline of the story was there with a promise of a good thriller.I will still seek out further books but this one is the authors weakest so far.

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