The UK is gripped by the threat of gang violence - the media is building on that hysteria, convincing us that knife crime is rife and the streets are flooded with guns and drugs. So when a member of a notorious girl gang is charged with a brutal murder, sympathy is in short supply. Enter Lilly Valentine, a tough talking lawyer who is never prepared to take things at face value and is determined to uncover the truth, whatever the cost.
A gripping crime novel that will force every listener to reassess what they think they know about society and gang culture.
About the author: Helen grew up in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. At 18 she went to Hull University and left three years later with a tattoo on her shoulder and a law degree. She became a lawyer in Peckham and soon had a loyal following of teenagers needing legal advice and bus fares. She ended up working in Luton, working predominantly for children going through the care system.
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By mollyeyre on 27-04-13
I would give no stars if possible
I hated this from the minute I started listening - the gang fight - the awful speech - etc. but when I got to the part where the heroine/solicitor was not capable of keeping staff because she was so untidy and disorganised - and then when we caught her trying to make a 360 degree circuit/twirl on her secretary's office chair, I really decide that I had better things to do.
I bought this based on quite good reviews - but my goodness, I found it abysmal in both characters AND writing.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Debbie on 06-05-13
A story of our time
Not only is this superb story that lets you into the lives of another generation but Imogen Church really brought it to life. Superb story telling and I will be looking for other story narrated by Imogen. Overall fantastic union of writer and narrator. Highly recommended.
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By Susan Vilas Grulee on 25-01-16
Intriguing story read by my favorite narrator.
Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Rush to be better than the print version?
I have not read the print version; but since Imogen Church narrates the audio, nothing could be better. I discovered Helen Black because Imogen Church does the narration. I am addicted to Imogen Church, and I love thrillers, so I search for thrillers narrated by her. This was a good find.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Rush?
Maybe the scene in the crack house? This was a very atmospheric, scene heavy novel, so there were many.
What does Imogen Church bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Thanks for giving me a chance to rhapsodize about my favorite narrator! She is able to embody each character with their unique voice, without drawing attention to the transition. Her velvety voice draws one inside the story, and is never distracting in itself. Her timing is always flawless. I find it very difficult to wean myself off of Imogen Church when I want to listen to a book narrated by someone else. I have listened to four Imogen Church narrations in a row. My definition of bliss is to be read aloud to by Imogen Church.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Sorry, it would be a spoiler.
Any additional comments?
This is a fascinating glimpse inside the world of girl gangs, poverty and adolescent angst.