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Afraid by Mandasue Heller
  

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A gritty tale of the dangers of chat-lines for naïve, vulnerable teenagers. Skye, after her mother stabs her father and she has been put into care, escapes and flees to her friend Jade. Of course, Jade is really Tom and the whole lot of drugging, grooming, sex and eventual murder now takes over the tale. Thrilling and fast-paced, covering many topical issues, it also focuses on relationships in all its forms. I did feel the naivety of the main teenager, a nearly 15-year old girl, a little unbelievable, however, it all makes for a great read. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

Afraid by Mandasue Heller

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 ...

About the Author

Mandasue Heller

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

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Publication date

27th August 2015

Author

Mandasue Heller

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www.mandasueheller.com/

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
352 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781444769555

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