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by Jacqui Rose

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LoveReading View on Toxic

A hammer-hard blast of a novel set in the underworld of Essex. Alfie and Vaughn return from Spain looking to become kingpins in the world of crime, however the local criminals are already forming a queue ready to take them down.


Jacqui Rose immediately sets the action loose in a fast-paced wild ride and I just leapt straight in. There are characters full of bravado and swagger who set the pages on fire. The chapters are short, snappy, and full of menace. I raised my eyebrows and smirked at the brilliantly snarky quips and retorts. A mystery of whispers from the past gather to meet the present setting up a tidal wave, ready to crash into the ending. ‘Toxic' comes with shocks a plenty and a tommy gun of wise-cracking comebacks, plus there is a particular storyline ready to melt hearts, all resulting in a captivating, absolutely cracking read.

Liz Robinson

Toxic Synopsis

Sometimes love is toxic... Bree Dwyer is desperate to escape her husband, take the children and run. But he's always watching. And she always gets caught. Until her first love, Alfie Jennings, returns to Essex... Gangsters Alfie and Vaughn have been out of the game for a while, but a life of crime is one you never forget. To get back on top they need serious money, because loyalty and power don't come for free. One dangerous job and they'll have the payoff they need. And Alfie isn't going to let anyone get in the way, least of all a pretty face like Bree. It's time to show Essex what they're made of. And this time, Alfie and Vaughn aren't backing down.

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Toxic 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.

Jacqui kept me hooked from the very first page. Full review

Kate Thacker

Gripping, action-packed thriller that is absolutely loaded with violence, crime, drama and suspense. Save this book for the weekend because you won’t want to put it down! Full review

Lynne Manton

Gangland deals, violent betrayal and loyalty tested in this fast paced and violent thriller. Full review

Cathy Petersen

Welcome to the underworld of Essex. It is time to find out who is the greatest, strongest and most terrifying leader of Essex. Johnny has been trying hto get this place but Alfie & Vaughan have returned to reclaim this status and then you have a Eddie who wants this status from the background. Throw a concealment that everyone wants and let battle commence. Full review

Cathy Small

Toxic Press Reviews

Praise for Jacqui Rose:

`Gritty and gripping - by a star in the making.' Kimberley Chambers

`A thrilling and gripping novel.' Roberta Kray

`A cracking good read.' Jessie Keane

`A captivating read from one of my favourite emerging authors' Mel Sherratt

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ISBN: 9780008287283
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008287283
Publication date: 12th July 2018
Author: Jacqui Rose
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense, Crime & mystery,

About Jacqui Rose

Jacqui Rose is a novelist who now lives in London, although she hails from South Yorkshire. She has always written for pleasure but the ideas in her book have come from her own experiences.

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