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Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers

Life of Crime

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January 2018 Book of the Month

A thoroughly entertaining, raw, and fast-paced read, stuffed full of tension and drama. Jason Rampling didn’t have the best start in life, he is determined that with his charm, intelligence and good looks, he can create a better life, even if that means living a life of crime. The story starts in 1994 and swaggers through the years with style, finishing in 2010 with an almighty wallop. Kimberley Chambers creates a storyline to rival a soap, with punchy characters and a vibrant setting. I almost felt as though I was watching the television as the colourful story came to life. Life of Crime is easy to read, yet feels weighty, there is real bite here, which creates an entirely captivating tale. ~ Liz Robinson

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Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Humaira Kauser - 'She is the queen of crime fiction. End of. She simply owns the genre and has captivated it so well. It's no doubt that her books just get better and better and ‘Life of Crime’ is probably her best yet.'
  • Peter Baiden - 'Written with pace and vitality, this is a story that keeps one's interest until the end and finishes in a totally unexpected way. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and have no problem in recommending Life of Crime without any reservations.'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'What an amazing, gripping story. Such a brilliant author. Look forward to more of her work.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'A gripping and gritty story.'
  • Maxine Broadbent - 'A compelling read with a host of characters dealing with a host of trouble in their own particular way.'
  • Catherine Hogwood - 'A captivating story about a life of crime, mistakes, secrets, revenge and manipulation. Who will it destroy next?'
  • Reba Khatun - 'By the end I was hooked and really hoped things would work out for Melissa. What an ending1 I never would have imagined that in a million years!'
  • Sue Burton - 'The ending was very good and totally unexpected.'
  • Rachel Bridgeman - 'A wonderful, gritty, urban crime drama featuring a family desperate to do one last job before turning their backs on a Life of Crime.'
  • Krissy Rix-Clancy - 'A great story, loved the grittiness and twists.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'Good if you like to read rather than watch Soaps.'
  • Gill Williams - 'An interesting premise with plenty of twists and turns in the plot to keep you going to the end. And what an end, not one but two totally unexpected, shocking twists.'

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Life of Crime by Kimberley Chambers

Some people are made for a life of crime.

Dragged up on a council estate, Jason Rampling was determined to change his lot. Jason's a chancer, shameless with his good looks and his gift for earning a few quid. Life is easy when the money rolls in.

Some people are ruined by it Melissa thought she'd struck gold marrying Jason. Being on his arm meant she was finally a someone. But there's no glamour in waiting for your husband to come home, or waiting for a knock on the door.

Melissa made her bed the day she made her vows - will she lie in it without a fight? Some would kill for it After a stretch inside Jason wants to pull off just one last job, the biggest of all, it could solve all of their problems. But this is a game that could cost them everything . .


Praise for Kimberley Chambers:

`A gritty tale with a shocking twist . . . will have you on the edge of your seat from cover to cover OK

`This beautifully crafted, sharp, well-paced novel will keep you hooked until the very end. An outstanding tale of betrayal, violence and love. Buy it. Read it. You'll love it. I did' Amanda Prowse

`[Kimberley Chambers is] the queen of the gritty, low-life tale . . .a fast-paced, thrill-a-minute ride that takes you on all sorts of twists and turns' Bella

`Easily as good as Martina Cole' News of the World

`Brilliantly delivers a story of violence, treachery and family ties... Easy to read and hard to put down' News of the World

`[a] fast-paced tale with gritty authenticity' The Guardian

About the Author

Kimberley Chambers

Kimberley Chambers lives in Romford and has been, at various times, a disc jockey and a street trader. She is now a full-time writer.

Author photo © Eammon McCabe

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11th January 2018


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HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


528 pages


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