‘The Mark’ by Heather Burnside

The Mark (The Working Girls Book 1) by [Burnside, Heather]


When respected journalist, Maddy, goes to interview prostitutes in a rundown Manchester pub, she doesn’t reckon on attracting the attention of their ruthless pimp, Gilly. He quickly decides to use Maddy for his own gains; he just needs to work out how.

In the weeks that follow, Maddy is oblivious to Gilly’s growing obsession with her, particularly when she begins a romance with successful businessman, Aaron. Their passionate love affair starts to dominate her life, and she finds herself losing control and alienating the people around her.

As Maddy’s safe and successful life starts to crumble around her, she must quickly work out who has it in for her, before it’s too late…


My Review

I have read, reviewed and absolutely loved a couple of Heather’s books now.  I have found Heather’s books to be extremely gripping, gritty and dramatic.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her new book called ‘The Mark’, which is the first in the Working Girls trilogy.  Well ladies and gents the wait is temporarily over because ‘The Mark’ was released on 13th June 2019.   Oh my word, Heather Burnside has done it again and written a book that is absolutely bloody fantastic.  I absolutely loved reading ‘The Mark’ but more about that in a bit.

The two main characters in ‘The Mark’ are called Maddy and Gilly.  She is a journalist who has befriended working girls as she hopes to write an in depth article exposing the risks and dangers that they have to endure.  At the start of the book, Maddy is single, having just divorced her ex-husband.  They have a child together and relations are amicable but it’s safe to say that I don’t think they will ever be best buddies.  It’s whilst Maddy is talking to the working girls that she attracts the attention of Gilly, who is the girls’ pimp.  He is one seriously dangerous man and not somebody you want to upset in a hurry.  He becomes obsessed with Maddy and I must admit that on a few occasions I did worry about her safety as he turns into a stalker.  Maddy is everything that Gilly is not- she is kind, compassionate, friendly, stubborn, sympathetic and she is a good listener.  It didn’t take me long to warm to Maddy and by the end of the book I did feel as though she had become a friend.  At times I wanted to jump inside the pages of the book to protect her as she is a bit naïve and a bit too trusting.  As for Gilly well he gives me the heebie jeebies and I certainly wouldn’t want to find myself on the wrong side of him.  Gilly might as well have the word ‘psycho’ tattooed across his forehead.

Oh. My.  Flipping (I can’t put the word I was thinking of because Mrs. Ginger Book Geek might be reading and she doesn’t like the rude ‘F’ word).  Goodness.  Me.  As I mention above, Heather has written yet another bloody fantastic book that had me gripped throughout and it had me on the edge of my seat several times throughout the book.  It didn’t take me long at all to get into ‘The Mark’.  In fact I read the synopsis and that was it, I just knew that I had to read ‘The Mark’ just as soon as I could.  Pretty much from the first word onwards I was hooked on this book and I found it to be unputdownable.  I couldn’t bear to put the book down as I feared that I would break the spell that the book seemed to have cast over me.  I made the fatal mistake of beginning to read this book shortly before I went to bed.  Let’s just say that I read into the wee small hours and I decided that sleep was for wimps.  I had picked the book up only intending to read a couple of chapters but I was still there over a dozen chapters later.  I was so focused on the story that the world could have ended outside and I wouldn’t have noticed.

Heather Burnside has written another cracking book that captured my imagination and scared the poop out of me in equal measure.  She has one of those writing styles that is easy to take to and easy to get used to.  She writes so realistically and uses such powerful and vivid descriptions that I really did feel as though I was another character in the book.  I must admit that on occasion some of the violence and savage behaviour made me wince as I played the scene out in my head.  I am a wimp and so at the first sign of trouble or violence I would be the first one out of the door or the first one to find a hiding place.

Reading this book felt much like being on one hell of a scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  There were moments where I almost had to read through my fingers as well as hold my breath because I feared what was going to happen next or what was waiting for me over the page.

In a nutshell, Heather Burnside has done it again and she has written one hell of a book that is sure to soar high in the bestseller list and that is nothing less than it deserves.  As I mention before ‘The Mark’ is certainly gripping stuff and it had me on the edge of my seat on more than one occasion.  Heather’s books are recommended to those readers, who love Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Mandasue Heller and Jessie Keane and in my opinion she is definitely on a par with the aforementioned ladies.  I can’t wait to read what Heather comes up with next.  There’s a little bit of a wait as the next book in ‘The Working Girls Trilogy’ is called ‘Ruby’ and it is due for release on 5th December 2019.  Hurry up December and I am sure that ‘Ruby’ will be well worth the wait.


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