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Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

Blood Sisters

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A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when they leave school they take different paths as they fall for two very different men, and an uneasy relationship develops. When Vicky’s life goes into catastrophic freefall, will Lucy still be there for her oldest friend? This story is in the same vein as Blood Ties and Bad Blood, the Hudson’s aren’t to be seen, however the author’s trademark gritty, compelling writing again covers the pages. The story gallops along, fascinating and confrontational in equal measure as I found myself wanting to shake some sense and awareness into Vicky. ‘Blood Sisters’ is a full-on spiky tale of family drama, ghastly deeds, and loving friendship, and it’s another winner from Julie Shaw. ~ Liz Robinson

Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:
1. Our Vinnie
2. My Uncle Charlie
3. My Mam Shirley
4. Blood Ties
5. Bad Blood
6. Blood Sisters

If you like Julie Shaw you might also like to read books by Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers and Jessie Keane.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review Blood Ties, also by Julie Shaw. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Melanie Kane - 'A well written novel with so much detail that I could see this era in my mind’s eye.'
  • Margaret Quirke - 'An enjoyable read for anyone interested in family chronicles. The book covers grief; jealousy; love; grief; politics within families and sibling rivalry.'
  • Dana Captainino - 'Blood Ties is a very good read and its gritty realism keeps your attention throughout.'
  • Anne Rhodes - 'Each person comes alive on the page as you read – and you won't want to put this book down!'
  • Glenda Worth - 'I really enjoyed it. Easy to read with a good storyline I will now be looking for the other books in the Hudson series.'
  • Celia Cohen - 'A well written story.'
  • Pauline Braisher - 'Having grown up in Bradford during the 1960s, I enjoyed the references to the city but otherwise I was disappointed with this book.'
  • Cathy Small - 'You can't choose your family and it doesn't appear you can choose your stepfamily.'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is just as gripping as the first three books, and I hope there will be more.  The great thing is you can read them in any order as each book is a story of its own.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'A gritty, hard-hitting novel from the 1960s that encapsulates that time in history combined with beautiful writing about the relationships that exist among family members, particularly the bond between father and daughter.'
  • Carol Peace - 'Julie Shaw takes you back to the 60's, her writing is so clear you can easily imagine the characters and situations. A bit of nostalgia and a really good read.'
  • Jennifer Moville - 'This family is explosive and I have to say the language makes no bones about it so any one a bit shy about bad language...well maybe this book isn't for you.'
  • Gavin Dimmock - 'Whilst this tale lacks the physical violence and brutal language that we saw in Our Vinnie, it is just as powerful in its depiction of the harsh treatment meted out to our heroine, Kathleen.'
  • Alison Bisping - 'I haven’t read any other books by Julie Shaw and am now interested enough to hunt them out.'
  • Jane Brown - 'Another great title from Julie Shaw and the notorious Hudson family. West Yorkshire and grittiness.'
  • Gill Dally-Fitzsimons - 'The story of Kathleen and her journey to find happiness.  A good read! ...If you are a fan of Martine Cole, you would probably enjoy this book.'

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Blood Sisters by Julie Shaw

It's 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they'll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy. Lucy has fallen for local policeman's son, Jimmy. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her...Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there's blood on your hands?

About the Author

Julie Shaw

My name is Julie Shaw, and my father, Keith, is the only surviving member of the 13 Hudson siblings, born to Annie and Reggie Hudson on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford. We were and are a very close family, even though there were so many of us, and those of us who are left always will be.

I wanted to write these stories as a tribute to my parents and family. The stories are all based on the truth but, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’ve had to disguise some identities and facts to protect the innocent. Those of you who still live on the Canterbury Estate will appreciate the folklore that we all grew up with: the stories of our predecessors, good and bad, and the names that can still strike fear or respect into our hearts – the stories of the Canterbury Warriors.

Author photo © Scott Hudson

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20th April 2017


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Harper Element an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


336 pages


Family Drama
Biography / Autobiography
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Relationship Stories
Summer Reading
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