Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Crime Fiction Month Review: One False Move by Dreda Say Mitchell (Quick Reads 2017)

Hayley swore when she got out of prison that she would turn her life around.

But living on the Devil's Estate doesn't make that easy.

She spends her days looking after her daughter, and her nights collecting cash from people who can't get loans any other way.

But someone has just robbed her. And she has twenty-four hours to get the money back, or her boss will come for her.

Her criminal ex-boyfriend says he can help. Hayley wants nothing to do with him. But time is running out, and she has to choose - save herself, or save her soul?

If she makes one false move, her life will be over...

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Dreda Say Mitchell is a new author to me so when I saw on Twitter that they were looking for bloggers to review some of this years Quick Reads books, I decided to sign up as reading the author's short story for this collection would give me an introduction to her writing.

One False Move is a story revolving around a young woman Hayley who is determined to make a better life for herself and her young child after an eventful past but despite all her good intentions it seems like she just can't seem to get a break.  She soon finds herself needing to ask for help but can she really trust those who say they are there for her?

Dreda Say Mitchell has written a gritty story tale highlighting how nature over nurture can have a detrimental effect on your life,  In this case Hayley found herself mixed up in a bad crowd living on the estate, and influenced by a dominating boyfriend, so found herself caught up in a life that she didn't want to be involved in.  But now that she's paid her dues she's determined to turn her life around to make a better future for herself and her daughter with the love and support of family in the form of her Nan.

My only complaint was that I wanted more, that's why I generally don't really enjoy reading short stories, I would have loved to have gotten to know Hayley and her background a little more.  But having said that I did enjoy the author's style of writing so I'll definitely be looking to add some of her previous books to my already overflowing TBR pile.

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