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Vigilante by Shelley Harris
  

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Jenny is a bored mum and charity bookshop manager. One day, in a superhero fancy dress costume, she accidentally gets caught up in an attempted mugging and saves the day. This leads to other exploits until eventually things actually get dangerous. It’s a great idea, beautifully handled. Jenny is a wonderful character and the tale builds to a surprise ending. Hugely enjoyable.

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Synopsis

Vigilante by Shelley Harris

Jenny Pepper never expected to end up like this. Tired of her job and the domestic grind, and bewildered by her teenage daughter, one night Jenny stumbles into a vigilante rescue. Suddenly her world is exciting again - and she's a hero. In the costume, she can be anyone she wants. And so her secret life begins. But when a real villain appears, Jenny's need for adventure begins to cost her dearly. As she starts to see less and less clearly through the mask, she finds her fantasy life becoming frighteningly real.

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Her writing about the more ubiquitous trials of middle age and parenthood fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy. * Press Association * Kick-Ass for small-town mothers . . . fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy . . . worked through with charm and verve * Irish Examiner * Light-hearted at times, dark at others, there has been a great buzz about this - thanks, quite possibly, to this article in The Independent, where Shelley herself dresses up as a superhero. * NOVELICIOUS * Harris is a brilliant writer and Vigilante is a clever, fun, original story which millions of women will be able to relate to * BOOKBAG.COM * Harris
writing is witty and beautifully poignant, Vigilante is shocking, empowering and hilarious funny throughout

. * WE LOVE THIS BOOK * Vigilante is a novel in which character, voice, plot and themes come together to create a cracking read. It's a brilliant book. Highly recommended. * THE WRITES OF A WOMAN * This is funny entertainment wrapped around a tense thriller * THE TIMES * Book of the Month: Bored with her life, she gives herself a kick-ass makeover and, dressed in cape and mask, pursues a secret life as a small-town vigilante - until a girl is brutally attacked and her fantasy world becomes reality * SUNDAY EXPRESS * Jenny's bravery us nothing if not inspiring. Aside from the backdrop of superheroism, the themes of boredom, relationship woes and a sense of dissatisfaction with everyday life are common to all of us * HEAT * Meet Jenny - a bored housewife who runs a charity bookshop when not having to cope with her moody teenage daughter. Fretting over all the things she could have done with her life, she finds herself caught up in events that finally give her a chance to shine as a real-life superhero (sort of) * BELLA * This story is for any woman who has ever wondered if there's more to life than ironing * PRIMA * A quirky, entertaining read - I loved it * WOMAN AND HOME * This is a novel that, without worthiness, touches on everything from the sexualisation of schoolgirls to the misogyny of comics. Harris's debut, Jubilee, was a bestseller, and her entertaining follow-up deserves to match its success * DAILY MAIL *


About the Author

Shelley Harris

Shelley Harris was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1967, to a South African mother and a British father. She has worked, among other things, as a teacher, a reporter, a mystery shopper and a bouncer at a teen disco. When she is not writing, she volunteers at her local Oxfam bookshop, helping customers find just the right book. Jubilee is her first novel.

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Publication date

3rd March 2016

Author

Shelley Harris

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Publisher

Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
368 pages

Categories

Relationship Stories
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780735829398

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