‘Amber’ by Heather Burnside

Amber: an absolutely gripping, gritty crime thriller (The Working Girls Book 4) by [Heather Burnside]



With a mother unfit for purpose and a brother who despises her, working girl Amber can rely on no one but herself – until the meanest pimp in Manchester, Kev Pike, offers her his protection. Unfortunately, this attracts the fury of Cora, a prostitute no one wants to get on the wrong side of…


When Cora is found strangled to death, the late-night city streets feel increasingly exposed with a killer on the loose. And as Amber grows closer to Kev, she realises his security comes at a price she might not be willing to pay…


Amber is frozen in fear, knowing one wrong move will risk her life. But then she discovers a horrifying secret that forces her to choose: stay or run?

My Review

I have been a fan of Heather’s work for a little while now.  I haven’t quite caught up with everything that she has written but I am getting there.  I particularly love ‘The Working Girls’ series.  The most recent book in the series is called ‘Amber’ and it was released on 1st April 2021.  It is an absolutely fantastic book and I enjoyed every single minute of it but more about that in a bit.

I liked the character of Amber.  When the story starts, we learn that Amber was known by another name, Amy, back in the day.  The reasons for the name change aren’t given straight away but the details are drip fed to the reader.  It soon becomes clear that something happened in Amber/Amy’s past that she wants to distance herself from.  Amber certainly has her problems but I can kind of see why she has the drug and alcohol issues that she has.  She wants to forget and sometimes drugs and alcohol make her do just that.  Amber is wary of other people and I think she also has trust issues, which isn’t surprising.  Amber comes across as a canny lass and I kept everything crossed for her that things would work out for her in the end.  What happens?  Well for the answer to that question and so much more you are just going to have to read the book for yourselves to find out as I am not going to tell you.

Oh my flipping word, ‘Amber’ was certainly one hell of a read and then some.  As soon as I saw that Heather was due to release another book in ‘The Working Girls’ series, I just knew that I had to read it as soon as possible.  I decided to dive straight in and I didn’t surface again until the moment I read the last word on the last page.  I just couldn’t put ‘Amber’ down for fear of missing something.  When I looked to check the time, I was staggered to realise that I had read solidly for two hours.  I had been so wrapped up in the story that I had lost all track of time.  I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough as I galloped my way to the end.

‘Amber’ is brilliantly written but in my opinion, that’s certainly true of all of Heather’s books.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and draw you into what proves to be a compelling story.  The characters are always gritty and raw and they seem just as realistic as you and I.  The story is written using two different timelines.  One timeline describes events in the past when Amber was Amy and the other timeline describes events as they happen in the present after Amy became Amber.  The chapters interlink well and the story flows seamlessly.   The story hits the ground running and maintains a fairly fast pace throughout.  Reading ‘Amber’ felt like being on one hell of an at times scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with several twists and turns along the way.  I found ‘Amber’ to be a gritty and gripping read, which kept me guessing and which kept me on the edge of my seat.

In short I absolutely loved reading ‘Amber’ and I would definitely recommend this book to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more of Heather’s work in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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