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Mandasue Heller - Author

About the Author

Mandasue Heller was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Cresecents which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, seventies soul cover bands and blues jam bands.

Photograph © Niall McDiarmid

Featured books by Mandasue Heller

Afraid

Afraid

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2015

When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay ...Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother ...

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Afraid

Afraid

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2015

When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay ...Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother ...

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Respect

Respect

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Chantelle has everything going against her. She's a good student who only wants to pass her exams and find a way out of the sink estate in Manchester where she grew up. But now her feckless mother has taken off for Spain with her latest boyfriend and she's single-handedly raising her tearaway nine-year-old brother Leon. She thinks her worst problem is the debt collectors at the door. But Leon has made some new friends: teenage gang members who have given him a mobile phone, a knife - and some drugs to hide in her flat. A part-time job seems to be the answer to Chantelle's prayers. But the violence is about to come home to her - with a vengeance. And the only person who's offering any help seems to be just as bad as the people she's trying to escape from ...

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Respect

Respect

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/01/2014

Chantelle has everything going against her. She's a good student who only wants to pass her exams and find a way out of the sink estate in Manchester where she grew up. But now her feckless mother has taken off for Spain with her latest boyfriend and she's single-handedly raising her tearaway nine-year-old brother Leon. She thinks her worst problem is the debt collectors at the door. But Leon has made some new friends: teenage gang members who have given him a mobile phone, a knife - and some drugs to hide in her flat. A part-time job seems to be the answer to Chantelle's prayers. But the violence is about to come home to her - with a vengeance. And the only person who's offering any help seems to be just as bad as the people she's trying to escape from ...

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Other books by Mandasue Heller

Brutal

Brutal

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

A bereaved husband is faced with a devastating choice in Brutal, a gritty thriller from the top ten bestselling author Mandasue Heller. When Frank Peter's wife Maureen dies, he feels that his once-idyllic life on the Yorkshire Moors is over. And with a daughter emigrating to Australia and a son who has his own marital problems, Frank feels resigned to a life of loneliness. Then one night he finds a frightened young woman hiding at the back of his farmhouse. She explains that her name is Irena and was brought to this country by a man who promised her the world and then forced her into prostitution. Frank offers her a bed for the night but it's the middle of winter, and when heavy snowfall prevents her from leaving the next day, he's forced to extend the invitation. But the longer Irena stays, the easier it gets for the men she's trying to escape from to find her. People-trafficking could just be the tip of the iceberg, and Frank has no idea what these people are really capable of.

Brutal

Brutal

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2019

A bereaved husband is faced with a devastating choice in this gritty thriller from the top ten bestselling author Mandasue Heller. When Frank Peter's wife Maureen dies, he feels that his once-idyllic life on the Yorkshire Moors is over. And with a daughter emigrating to Australia and a son who has his own marital problems, Frank feels resigned to a life of loneliness. Then one night he finds a frightened young woman hiding at the back of his farmhouse. She explains that her name is Irena and was brought to this country by a man who promised her the world and then forced her into prostitution. Frank offers her a bed for the night but it's the middle of winter, and when heavy snowfall prevents her from leaving the next day, he's forced to extend the invitation. But the longer Irena stays, the easier it gets for the men she's trying to escape from to find her. People-trafficking could just be the tip of the iceberg, and Frank has no idea what these people are really capable of.

Save Me

Save Me

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Save Me, is a gritty crime novel by the bestselling author Mandasue Heller. When Ellie Fisher misses her train home one night, she has no idea that being in the right place at the wrong time will change her life forever. That night she comes across Gareth, a young man about to take his own life, because as far as he's concerned there is nothing left to live for. Putting her own life in danger Ellie convinces Gareth that there is always something left. Her own life is no bed of roses, she explains, but she always pushes on. However, good deeds aren't always repaid the way we want. Has Ellie unwittingly put her life in danger, or is the real danger a lot closer to home?

Run

Run

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Run by Mandasue Heller is a gritty story of Manchester's criminal underworld. After being cheated on by her ex, Leanne Riley is trying her hardest to get her life back on track, which isn't easy without a job and living in a bedsit surrounded by a junkie and a mad woman. On a night out with her best friend she meets Jake, a face from her past who has changed beyond all recognition. Jake is charming, handsome and loaded, a far cry from the gawky teenager he used to be. Weary of men, Leanne isn't easy to please, but Jake tries his best to break through the wall she's built around herself. But good looks and money can hide a multitude of sins. Is that good-looking face just a mask? And what's more, what will it take to make it slip, and who will die in the process . . . ?

Run

Run

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/06/2017

Afraid

Afraid

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2016

Afraid

Afraid

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/08/2015

When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn her over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father; the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. And Jade offers her a safe place to stay ...Alone in Manchester, nearly penniless, Skye is willing to trust Jade. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother ...

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Afraid Be careful who you trust

Afraid Be careful who you trust

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2015

When fifteen-year-old Skye's mother finally does something so shocking that it can't be hushed up, the police turn Skye over to the social workers - and that's when the nightmare begins. No one will let her talk to her father. And the woman who is supposed to be helping her dumps her in a terrifying 'home' that's more like a jail. But she still has one friend to turn to: the sympathetic girl she's met in an internet chat room, the one who seems to have a home life as unhappy as Skye's. So when Jade offers Skye - now alone in Manchester and nearly penniless - a safe place to stay, Skye is willing to trust her. Even when it isn't Jade who turns up at the rendezvous, but a grown-up man who says he's Jade's brother . . .

Respect

Respect

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/07/2014

Chantelle has everything going against her. She's a good student who only wants to pass her exams and find a way out of the sink estate in Manchester where she grew up. But now her feckless mother has taken off for Spain with her latest boyfriend and she's single-handedly raising her tearaway nine-year-old brother Leon. She thinks her worst problem is the debt collectors at the door. But Leon has made some new friends: teenage gang members who have given him a mobile phone, a knife - and some drugs to hide in her flat. A part-time job seems to be the answer to Chantelle's prayers. But the violence is about to come home to her - with a vengeance. And the only person who's offering any help seems to be just as bad as the people she's trying to escape from ...

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Broke How far will she go?

Broke How far will she go?

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2013

What would you do to protect your own? Amy only wants a happy family - instead, she's in a nightmare of pain. Her marriage to Mark isn't the best - he can't hold down a job, he's got a bit of a temper. But she doesn't want to know just how bad things are until his gambling habit brings Lenny Yates to her door. He makes it brutally clear how she can pay off Mark's debts. But Amy's troubles are only beginning. Now there's another woman in Mark's life, who wants Mark for herself. She is ready to steal Amy's man, her self-respect and even her children. As the stakes rise, Amy will either lose everything, or she'll have to learn how to stand up to her enemies . . .

Mandasue Heller Collection

Mandasue Heller Collection

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2013

3 fast paced stories from the queen of northern thrillers. THE FRONT is a gritty story of small-time crime leading to big-time punishment, set in the Manchester badlands. FORGET ME NOT A serial killer stalks Manchester's prostitutes in the second novel from one of the most talented new voices in crime fiction today. TAINTED LIVES an exhilarating thriller from Mandasue Heller following the highs and lows of three abandoned children growing up to face even worse as adults

Lost Angel Can innocence pull them through?

Lost Angel Can innocence pull them through?

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/07/2012

It's a world where crime is almost respectable - until passion ignites a disaster. Things start going wrong the day Johnny Conroy meets Ruth Hynes. He just wants to show his mates that he can pull hard-man Frankie Hynes' daughter, but before he knows it he is part of the Hynes family. And the Hynes family business, which is stealing cars. And there is no way he is ever going to get out of the marriage or the business alive . . . The only good thing in their hellhole of a marriage is his daughter Angel, as nice as her name and as innocent. And the only thing keeping Johnny sane is his secret life. But then Angel grows up and meets Johnny's new employee Ryan. He loves Angel - but the family secrets involve him, too. And they are about to explode.

Lost Angel Can innocence pull them through?

Lost Angel Can innocence pull them through?

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2012

Mandasue Heller's brilliant new novel is set in the murky world where crime is almost respectable - until passion ignites a disaster. Things start going wrong the day Johnny Conroy meets Ruth Hynes. He just wants to show his mates that he can pull hard-man Frankie Hynes' daughter, but before he knows it he is part of the Hynes family. And the Hynes family business, which is stealing cars. And there is no way he is ever going to get out of the marriage or the business alive . . . The only good thing in their hellhole of a marriage is his daughter Angel, as nice as her name is and as innocent. And the only thing keeping Johnny sane is his secret life. But then Angel grows up and meets Johnny's new employee Ryan. He loves Angel - but the family secrets involve him, too. And they are about to explode.

Lost Angel Can innocence pull them through?

Lost Angel Can innocence pull them through?

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/04/2012

It's a world where crime is almost respectable - until passion ignites a disaster. Things start going wrong the day Johnny Conroy meets Ruth Hynes. He just wants to show his mates that he can pull hard-man Frankie Hynes' daughter, but before he knows it he is part of the Hynes family. And the Hynes family business, which is stealing cars. And there is no way he is ever going to get out of the marriage or the business alive . . . The only good thing in their hellhole of a marriage is his daughter Angel, as nice as her name is and as innocent. And the only thing keeping Johnny sane is his secret life. But then Angel grows up and meets Johnny's new employee Ryan. He loves Angel - but the family secrets involve him, too. And they are about to explode.

The Driver Crime and cruelty rule the streets

The Driver Crime and cruelty rule the streets

Author: Mandasue Heller Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/06/2011

When you play with fire, everyone gets burned . . . Joe Weeks is new to the Grange Estate. Tolerant, doesn't mind a bit of weed, doesn't try to pull other men's women. Live and let live is his motto . . . Eddie Quinn is the hardest man on the estate. Everyone knows that it's a bad idea to cross him, or his pit bull. But everyone also knows he's honest, as drug dealers go. Joe's pleased when Eddie offers him a job. But then he meets Katya. A prostitute. A slave. And desperate to escape from Eddie.