Blow Your House Down, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A city and its people are in the grip of a killer who is roaming the northern city, singling out prostitutes.

The face of his latest victim stares out from every newspaper and billboard, haunting the women who walk the streets.

But life and work go on. Brenda, with three children, can't afford to give up while Audrey, now in her forties, desperately goes on 'working the cars'.And then, when another women is savagely murdered, Jean, her lover, takes desperate measures...




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I found Blow Your House Down by Pat Barker to be a powerful story about the life of prostitutes that work the lower end of the scale while at the same time a serial killer is targeting them. Told from the perspective of the women, this is a first hand picture of the life they live, how they are generally treated and why they continue in this trade.There is nothing nice about this story, these women live dark and dingy lives, work in disgusting conditions, and really, have no one to rely upon but themselves and each other. There are graphic scenes of violence that will haunt me for some time. Yet I found this to be an riveting read that I couldn’t put down. The author uses sparse prose, sprinkled with street slang to paint, what I believe is an accurate picture of life on the streets, and I found myself drawn into the story and caring about these people.This is my first book by this author, who is probably best known for her Regeneration Trilogy, but I will certainly be looking for more. If you have the stomach for it, I highly recommend this book.

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Can't say I liked it but that does not mean it's not good.

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