The Knock by Jessie Keane

English | ePUB | Pages: 480 | 580.94 kB

She lives in fear of…the knock.

Dora O’Brien had a good start in life, but things went bad when she began to mix with the wrong company. Pregnant by her gangster lover, she found herself on the streets and then in the grips of a bent copper called Donny Maguire.

When her daughter Angel is born, Dora is already under the influence of drink and drugs and handed around to Donny’s mates. Growing up in the shadow of her mother’s abusive relationship, Angel is nothing like her mother, but when matters turn murderous, Angel is forced to grow up fast, and survival becomes the name of the game.

For some, being on the wrong side of the law is the safest place to be….

No one uncovers the underworld like Jessie Keane.


Jessie Keane is one of those authors that has a really big loyal following and ‘if you read her books, you read her books’, I have loved every one and in this 560 page turner it reaffirms why

Dora is beautiful, and knows it and she is attracted to all the wrong types, when an opportunity comes her way to be with a gangland boss she jumps at it but then things go badly wrong and she finds herself pregnant, but not to him…..this causes violence and ‘murders’ and Dora finds herself in the safety of a policeman’s arms……but he has revenge against Dora on his mind…and he is an abuser,
Angel is born and grows up to see her Mum ( Dora ) addled with drink and the victim of sexual violence and then the abuser starts on her…..

The story then follows Angel’s life and the many characters who come in and out of her life, all colourful, some horrendous, some not but all of them wonderfully portrayed

There is even a cameo role for Annie Carter and Max, stars of some of her other books

I found myself rooting for Angel early on and that loyalty carried on throughout the book, the author writes so well you believe you are
In the midst of a real time drama

If you have read any of the authors previous books then you know exactly what I am trying to say, her writing style and character rich stories keep you hooked from page 1

There are some tough subjects covered and the author is never one to shy away from telling it as it really is…..

A stonking 10/10 5 Stars

review by Mark