The infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, a hotbed of crime, drink and drugs, was a law unto itself in the '70s.
So when one of their own was wronged in any way, the community always had its own way of dealing with it.
The first title in a series of gritty family sagas, Our Vinnie accounts the dramatic true story of a brother's determination to avenge his younger sister's rape. Josie was just 11 when her Vinnie, then 14, was taken away to a detention centre. Distraught by his absence and left alone with indifferent parents, when she escapes from one of their rows she naively enters the house of a neighbour, Melvin, who - horrifically - leads her upstairs and overpowers her.
Convinced by her friend Carol, Josie tells her sister Lyndsey about the rape but, with Vinnie out of the picture, Lyndsey uses the information for her own ends. When Vinnie returns, hardened by years inside the system, his outrage on discovering the truth is severe. And with new abuses continually coming to light, a cataclysmic series of violent events begins to spiral out of control…
Dramatic and shocking, Our Vinnie is an unbelievable page-turner, documenting a community forsaken by society, and one brother's unrelenting determination to take justice into his own hands.
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Really didn't work for me
I have to say that I wouldn't.
I found the story centred around one element and didn't diversify fully into other aspects of their lives. It was rather repetitive and unfortunately lacked depth.
I found the narrator at times appeared to be reading the story, rather than bringing the story to life.
I love books of this genre, however found the book didn't offer the normal twists and turns which left it a little predictable. Shame.
The characters needed to have other elements of their lives included in the book.
I think more characters could have been added or at least to have done detailed characters to "put you off the scent" so to speak.
It's a pity, I just didn't get on with this audio book I had noticed this book in a bookshop and hunted it out on audible due to the title and the cover, which is really disappointing.
- Angela J Bailey