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Women = Good. Men = Bad.

AdvantagesCompelling, great characters, twists and turns throughout.

DisadvantagesSwearing, violence.

"...Cole novel. This one was Two Women and – like with all her books I have read – it is so easy to get hooked! Cole’s books often follow familiar themes – gangland murders, prostitution, abused women, horrific violence – and some of these are present in this novel too, but overall, I found Two Women to be the LEAST violent of her books that I have read. Guns are rarely used, there are no mass murderers and this one stood out as being something rather ..." Read review
21.09.2004

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Community Level 4Kes30

Kes30

Put this down? Criminal...

AdvantagesCompelling, well constructed tale

DisadvantagesYou have to put your life on hold

"...sympathy for Susan and the two are far from close. Debbie also ends up married to an abusive man. Ivy is Joey's mother and virtually lives with the family. She thinks the world of her son and blames June for all the trouble in the family. In June's absence, she targets her evil at Susan instead and it is easy for the reader to see where Joey gained his nasty streak. Other characters in the book are equally fleshed out and believable but mostly ..." Read review
27.04.2006

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Community Level 6fantasybel...

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LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Review with images

AdvantagesGritty, addictive, thrilling storyline

DisadvantagesViolence, bad language, "phases" last too long

"...expert at overcoming adversity. Two Women is written in the same vein. Susan is a plain ordinary girl, child of an alcoholic, violent father and an abusive, distant, promiscuous mother. This book IS Susan’s story from her violent, abusive, adolescent childhood and her journey into the adult world. Cole has a talent for drawing the reader in and making them feel sympathy for her characters. This child/woman (she’s often treated as a woman at ..." Read review
14.10.2004

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Two Women, hard hitting fiction from Martina Cole

AdvantagesA very readable novel from a popular author

DisadvantagesStrong language and unsavoury subject matter may upset some

"...roaring drunk and pick up two off duty prostitutes. Unfortunately for Barry, the woman he sleeps with has a sexually transmitted disease which he then passes to Susan and her cousin who he has a fling with at the wedding reception. When Susan finds out about the venereal disease, she goes into premature labour and as a result her baby dies. This sets the scene really for the rest of Susan's married life, regular beatings, four children, several miscarriages ..." Read review
03.12.2009

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Two women, one amazing book!

AdvantagesSuperb writing, addictive read.

DisadvantagesMaybe too gritty for some.

"Sue Dalston has had a childhood that many would consider as being “dragged up, not brought up”. The youngest child in a well known small time villain family, living in the lower classed end of the East end, she has seen more danger than many will see in a lifetime. From her early teens she is sexually and physically abused by her father and well known local villain, (which is knows he gets away with it too) means that Sue is desperate to get away ..." Read review
05.03.2012

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Community Level 5Flissy

Flissy

The wife, The Mistress and The Cellmate.... Review with images

AdvantagesA get you in the guts book

DisadvantagesBad language may offend some

"...is the start of the Two Women connection that takes the book on another turn. I did feel that it should have acutally been called Three Women because Barry's mistress, Roselle, was an extremely strong character and I felt her part was stronger than Matty's. The ending is fantastic and a really heart-warming conclusion to a great read. I would recommend this book for holiday reading as it is easy to read and a thrilling story. I hope you enjoy ..." Read review
24.06.2004

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Community Level 1Ash28

Ash28

Two Women- Martina Cole

AdvantagesLovable characters

DisadvantagesYou must assume things

"...how similar, yet how different Two Women can be. You come to understand how similar circumstances don't point to one cause. Susan goes to the ends of the World to keep her children safe, and the ending to this novel is most satisfying. This book is a cracking read. Martina Cole has, perhaps without realising it, produced a heroine for everyone in every walk of life to realate to and love. On the down side, you often have to assume simple ..." Read review
01.02.2004

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Grim realities of the East End Review with images

AdvantagesGreat read Compelling

DisadvantagesGrim in parts

" What makes someone smash their husband's head in with a claw hammer repeatedly 105 times? My Thoughts: This is the question you will ask yourself at the beginning of your book and after a long but effortless read you will finally know the answer. This book is easy to read and the story is so compelling that it is hard to it down, drama, thriller, violence, mind games, abuse, prostitution, gangsters this book covers all this things and much ..." Read review
29.09.2006

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Brilliant Gritty read

AdvantagesFantastic read, really engaging story

DisadvantagesSome very disturbing and shocking depictions of child abuse

"...one author but this last two years have branched out and have been discovering new authors and genres and absolutely loving it. For me there's nothing better than tucking up in bed at night with a good book. After watching two of Martina Coles books adapted for TV on Sky (The Take and The Runaway) and loving them I decided to read one of her books. I always read reviews before buying a book to help me decide if it's worth getting or not. I went ..." Read review
02.08.2012

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Community Level 4quizzeyq

quizzeyq

Defiantly Worth Reading

AdvantagesEnjoyable read

Disadvantageskeep you up all night reading it

"...one day i cam across Two Women, i read the back cover and thought i would give it a go. I am a great reader, but i need a book to be well written, interesting and hard to put down, i wondered if Two Women would do this. That night i snuggled down as usual and picked it up, from then on i was hooked, i really enjoyed the read and finished it within a few days as i found it hard to put down. Its about a woman called Sue Dalston, it starts off ..." Read review
09.01.2003

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Community Level 2Angie17

Angie17

Martina Cole same ol same ol

Advantagesok for train reading

Disadvantagespaper back book is the same size as hard back and hard to fit into your bag

"I got this book as a christmas present the year before last and read it in about 3 hours. The story was a good story, but I found, as with most of Martina Cole's books, very predictable. Still, it was good to read on the train on the way to and from work and I didn't miss any stops this time. Martina Cole has a habit of telling you exactly what is happening without keeping you guessing, which I believe is essenstial in a good crime/thiller novel. ..." Read review
14.02.2001

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Community Level 1cal1980

Quick review of Two Women - Martina Cole

"Martina Cole has done it again...her books make you feel like you are actually watching from the sidelines. I absolutely love her writing. The passion that she writes with makes you never want to put her books down. Excellent story.
24.07.2008

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Community Level 4Hippylongs...

Hippylongstocking

Ohh what a book

AdvantagesA good read

DisadvantagesNone

"This was one book I could not put down. It was the first Martina Cole book I have read (have since read 3 more) but it was more than gripping. I am an avid book reader and there is nothing better than a story that makes you want to go out and buy the rest of a particular authors work, which is what I am doing slowly but surely. The story is an interpretation of how life in the bad parts of London used to be and as I was reading it I could see the ..." Read review
23.08.2001

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Community Level 2squares67

squares67

Well worth a read

AdvantagesA really good read

DisadvantagesYou won't want to put it down

"We recently read this book on ukmother.com and all met up afterwards to review it. I found the book to be really good only problem was that once you'd picked it up it was very difficult to put down. Although the book is fictious it was very easy to relate it to real life and when you sat and thought about it you realised that these things happen in real life. It is all about a Women and the life she leads she's raped by her father and then marries ..." Read review
17.08.2000

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Community Level 1Lizzy

Lizzy

A much better attempt

AdvantagesMeaty enough to last a while

DisadvantagesA bit predictable

"Having read The Ladykiller by the same author, and being very disappointed I was not particularly looking forward to reading this one and nearly didn't bother. However, this is a far better book. Although still with it's weaknesses, Cole seems to have developed a better style and although some repetitions of vocabulary (and a few "catch phrases") are still evident, they are less common than in The Ladykiller. Again the story is good, this time of ..." Read review
03.07.2000

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