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BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY... In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls o BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY... In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, she reluctantly re-joins the Soho family 'firm' she'd once been glad to leave behind. Having grown tougher during her time in Paris, she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with, a feared and respected gangland queen. But then she meets Jacob Dunne, the youngest son of a wealthy aristocratic family, and sparks fly. But can she escape the long arm of the law and the hangman's noose, when the crimes of her past finally catch up with her? For fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers, as well as viewers of Peaky Blinders, this is historical crime fiction at its most compelling.


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BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY... In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls o BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY... In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, she reluctantly re-joins the Soho family 'firm' she'd once been glad to leave behind. Having grown tougher during her time in Paris, she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with, a feared and respected gangland queen. But then she meets Jacob Dunne, the youngest son of a wealthy aristocratic family, and sparks fly. But can she escape the long arm of the law and the hangman's noose, when the crimes of her past finally catch up with her? For fans of Martina Cole and Kimberley Chambers, as well as viewers of Peaky Blinders, this is historical crime fiction at its most compelling.

30 review for Diamond: BEHIND EVERY STRONG WOMAN IS AN EPIC STORY: historical crime fiction at its most gripping

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Diamond Butcher is a beautiful girl and the daughter of Warren Butcher the head of the Wolfe gang who run the streets of Soho. Her mother is Frenchie a woman that her father met whilst in Paris and they fell in love. Diamond also has two brothers Archie and Owen who is a bit simple after an accident at birth. When Warren is murdered, Victor Diamond’s Uncle worms the way into the family’s life and takes over the family firm and physically abuses Diamond to do his bidding. She fears for her life so Diamond Butcher is a beautiful girl and the daughter of Warren Butcher the head of the Wolfe gang who run the streets of Soho. Her mother is Frenchie a woman that her father met whilst in Paris and they fell in love. Diamond also has two brothers Archie and Owen who is a bit simple after an accident at birth. When Warren is murdered, Victor Diamond’s Uncle worms the way into the family’s life and takes over the family firm and physically abuses Diamond to do his bidding. She fears for her life so much she flees and goes to Paris. But when she gets there the city is not the beautiful one that her mother has portrayed in her stories. It is hard graft, and she meets all sorts of different characters along the way. Thank you, Hodder, and Stoughton, for a copy of Diamond by Jessie Keane. This is another enthralling book from the author set in Pre-war Gangland London. It written a bit different to her other books but still the gritty, page turner that we have come to love. I really enjoyed this story about rival gangs and her life Diamond portrayed in it. 5 stars from me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Book Review Café

    Jessie Keane is one of my go to authors when I’m looking to read a gritty gangland thriller. Diamond is slightly different to her previous books as it begins in the early years of the last century. It follows the story of Diamond Butcher. Her life isn’t an easy, her story is shocking, and brutal but she’s a formidable character. The supporting characters fit firmly into two categories, good or evil, and there are some truly evil, despicable characters in this book that made this book such an exc Jessie Keane is one of my go to authors when I’m looking to read a gritty gangland thriller. Diamond is slightly different to her previous books as it begins in the early years of the last century. It follows the story of Diamond Butcher. Her life isn’t an easy, her story is shocking, and brutal but she’s a formidable character. The supporting characters fit firmly into two categories, good or evil, and there are some truly evil, despicable characters in this book that made this book such an exciting read. If I had one one small quibble in parts, this book jumps from one character to another within the same paragraph which made the read feel disjointed in parts. Diamond has all the things you would expect to find in gangland thriller, violence, a gritty plot, with a feared and respected heroine. There’s so much going on, it makes for a fast-paced, thrilling read. If you enjoy a gritty, hard-hitting drama, then I would highly recommend Diamond.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I have read every book buy this author and she never disappoints. this book will keep you wanting to read until the very end. Warren meets Frenchie in Paris they fall in love and get married. they have three children a daughter Diamond. 2 sons Owen and Aiden then they have to flee again as Warren rival. Gustav Wolfe takes there clubs. so they go back to London buy a house and open a club the Milano. but Gustav is back and wants all again tragedy strikes. and there uncle Vincent takes over and is I have read every book buy this author and she never disappoints. this book will keep you wanting to read until the very end. Warren meets Frenchie in Paris they fall in love and get married. they have three children a daughter Diamond. 2 sons Owen and Aiden then they have to flee again as Warren rival. Gustav Wolfe takes there clubs. so they go back to London buy a house and open a club the Milano. but Gustav is back and wants all again tragedy strikes. and there uncle Vincent takes over and is a cruel and heartless man Diamond hates the Wolfe family and will take revenge. but she will cross paths yet again with the son Toro Wolfe and the family wont say no more but so so good

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Diamond by Jessie Keane. In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, Diamond by Jessie Keane. In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, she reluctantly re-joins the Soho family 'firm' she'd once been glad to leave behind. Having grown tougher during her time in Paris, she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with, a feared and respected gangland queen. But then she meets Richard Beaumont, the youngest son of a wealthy aristocratic family, and sparks fly. But can she escape the long arm of the law and the hangman's noose, when the crimes of her past finally catch up with her? I really really enjoyed this book. Great story and characters. I loved the cover. 5*.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ~ Cariad ~

    Absolutely brilliant, God...that was epic. Probably her best book to date, although, they're all fantastic to be fair! Absolutely brilliant, God...that was epic. Probably her best book to date, although, they're all fantastic to be fair!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Sims

    Jessie Keane is always enjoyable… so long as you can suspend your belief in reality just enough. Nice easy read, gritty crime drama.

  7. 4 out of 5

    travelsalongmybookshelf

    Diamond - Jessie Keane I really enjoyed this story, plunged into gangland London in the early twentieth century, this was a compelling story. We follow Diamond Butcher and her family, once high up in the echelons of London gangland crime - now forced under the heel of her Uncle Victor who runs things. Diamond longs to escape and have her revenge on the Wolfe family who had such a feud with her family and killed her father. Diamond escapes to Paris and away from the violence and fear of living with Diamond - Jessie Keane I really enjoyed this story, plunged into gangland London in the early twentieth century, this was a compelling story. We follow Diamond Butcher and her family, once high up in the echelons of London gangland crime - now forced under the heel of her Uncle Victor who runs things. Diamond longs to escape and have her revenge on the Wolfe family who had such a feud with her family and killed her father. Diamond escapes to Paris and away from the violence and fear of living with Victor. But soon trouble finds her again…oh this book runs and runs. Leaving behind a dead body and forced to return to London, she meets Richard Beaumont, an aristocratic son, damaged by war but sparks fly between them. Embroiled back in the family business and trying to walk a tightrope of love and loyalty, a different life beckons but can she outrun her crimes? This felt like a huge family saga, a cross between Peaky Blinders, Eastenders and Downton Abbey! It’s tough and gritty, but very addictive and I stopped reading anything else so I could finish this. The oldest and only girl in a family of London thieves, reinvented as Diamond Dupree, the latest Paris ‘it girl’ - the lover of an aristocrat, fearless and beautiful she is so compelling and a great female character. I really loved her, she was the personification of her name. Although this is set in the past, this book felt quite contemporary to me. It’s honest and believable. There is pain, love and hardship, life laid bare, it’s a real rip roaring piece of historical crime fiction. Unputdownable, I really want another instalment in the life of Diamond Dupree! ✩✩✩✩✰ Thanks to EdPR, Hodder Books and Jessie Keane for my copy of this book and spot on the tour

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    My first read by this author and it won’t be my last. This is historical crime drama at its strongest. A fabulous protagonist in the guise of Diamond Butcher, who reinvents herself as Diamond Dupree, and set in London and Paris in the early twentieth century, covering the period before and after WW1. Briefly, born into the Butcher family who rule the streets around Soho her life is disrupted when her father is killed in a fight with the local Wolfe gang and her family’s lives are brutally change My first read by this author and it won’t be my last. This is historical crime drama at its strongest. A fabulous protagonist in the guise of Diamond Butcher, who reinvents herself as Diamond Dupree, and set in London and Paris in the early twentieth century, covering the period before and after WW1. Briefly, born into the Butcher family who rule the streets around Soho her life is disrupted when her father is killed in a fight with the local Wolfe gang and her family’s lives are brutally changed with the arrival of her uncle. Fleeing to France to find a friend of her mothers she assumes a new identity and becomes a nude model for an artist. This brings her into the seedy world of Paris in the 1920s and her life is not easy. Following a murder she is forced to leave Paris and return to her family in London becoming a feared gangland queen. There she meets again the handsome Earl, Richard Beaumont and ignites a love affair doomed by the differences in class. Containing steamy sex scenes, graphic gangland violence, murder and even an execution scene this isn’t a book for the faint hearted but it’s certainly a real page turner. Brilliant gritty read and just could not put the book down. Definitely ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and I hope that’s not the last we see of Diamond.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicola Smith

    I don't think I'd ever read a historical gangland crime story before I picked up Diamond. Set at the beginning of the 20th century, Diamond Butcher has grown up with the constant backdrop of the feud between her family and the Wolfe family, a bitter tit for tat battle with shocking consequences. Fleeing all she's ever known, she heads for Paris and has a torrid time there before returning to London and rising up in the gangland ranks herself. Diamond felt like a sweeping story, taking in what fel I don't think I'd ever read a historical gangland crime story before I picked up Diamond. Set at the beginning of the 20th century, Diamond Butcher has grown up with the constant backdrop of the feud between her family and the Wolfe family, a bitter tit for tat battle with shocking consequences. Fleeing all she's ever known, she heads for Paris and has a torrid time there before returning to London and rising up in the gangland ranks herself. Diamond felt like a sweeping story, taking in what felt like enough drama to cover several lifetimes. It's a chunky read but it's fast-paced, helped by short chapters which kept the action moving. I liked Diamond's sassy attitude and the way she learned to stand up for herself and her family. She's a plucky survivor and I was hoping all the way through for a good and safe outcome for her. The baddies are well-drawn too and I certainly wouldn't want to be anywhere near them or in the middle of one of their fights. This book is non-stop action from beginning to end. It's gritty and hard-hitting with characters to care about. I can imagine more books featuring Diamond, taking forward the partnerships that she made in this one, but even if that doesn't happen I thought the ending was just right.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Logue

    📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚 Diamond By Jessie Keane Publication Date - 3rd Feb 2022 Diamond and her brothers lived in Paris with their mother and father. Her father owned lots of nightclubs in Paris and they led a very comfortable life. The clubs were taken from them by a crime family, so because her father was from London, they went back defeated. In london, with her crime family father built things up again in London but things had followed them back!! The Main character is called Diamond. How she leaves Lo 📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚 Diamond By Jessie Keane Publication Date - 3rd Feb 2022 Diamond and her brothers lived in Paris with their mother and father. Her father owned lots of nightclubs in Paris and they led a very comfortable life. The clubs were taken from them by a crime family, so because her father was from London, they went back defeated. In london, with her crime family father built things up again in London but things had followed them back!! The Main character is called Diamond. How she leaves London for Paris at a young age, to escape from the brutal treatment by her uncle. Having to leave her brothers behind! She looks out her mother’s best friend in Paris and reaches out to her for help. Diamond has to ‘grow up’ quicker than she would have thought possible. The book is set before WW1 and the story goes through a number of years of Diamonds life. I loved this book - gritty, fast paced and made me want to read more!! A 5 star from me !! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #netgalley #holder&stoughton #diamond #jessiekeane #crime #gangland #family https://www.instagram.com/Bookstagram...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sue Wallace

    Diamond by Jessie Keane. In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, Diamond by Jessie Keane. In the early years of the last century, a desperate young girl changes her name and flees the confines of her brutal, dominating gangland family in London. Now calling herself 'Diamond Dupree', she goes to Paris to become an artist's model but the world there is different to what she had supposed it would be and she soon falls on hard times. When she manages to escape at the end of the First World War, she leaves behind her a mystery - and a dead man. Back home in London, she reluctantly re-joins the Soho family 'firm' she'd once been glad to leave behind. Having grown tougher during her time in Paris, she soon becomes a force to be reckoned with, a feared and respected gangland queen. But then she meets Richard Beaumont, the youngest son of a wealthy aristocratic family, and sparks fly. But can she escape the long arm of the law and the hangman's noose, when the crimes of her past finally catch up with her? I really really enjoyed this book. Great story and characters. I loved the cover. 5*.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A gritty crime story Diamond Butcher is born to loving well-off parents whose father Warren owns clubs and doesn't come by money legally. She has two younger brothers the youngest Owen who was born with the cord around his throat has learning difficulties but is loved no less than diamond or Archie her other brother. When Warren is murdered the Butcher family is thrown into turmoil. Warren's cruel brother Victor barges his way into their lives, he rapes their mother Frenchie nightly and beats the A gritty crime story Diamond Butcher is born to loving well-off parents whose father Warren owns clubs and doesn't come by money legally. She has two younger brothers the youngest Owen who was born with the cord around his throat has learning difficulties but is loved no less than diamond or Archie her other brother. When Warren is murdered the Butcher family is thrown into turmoil. Warren's cruel brother Victor barges his way into their lives, he rapes their mother Frenchie nightly and beats the children. Diamond can take no more after being forced into the sex industry by him, so flees from her home in London to her mother's homeland in Paris in search of her mother's old friend Mimi. A great twist at the end. I enjoyed the story and the way Diamond went from a young girl to a strong woman. But found it a little confusing the way it melded from one character to another, when I thought I was reading about one character it had swapped to somebody else and that was a bit irritating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Booklover BEV

    Gangland London. Diamond a little jewel of a girl, her father Warren Butcher rule the streets of Soho the Wolfe mob run them out of London and they head to Paris her mother glamour Frenchie and her two brothers Owen and Aiden then moving back to take over the club Milano they will never be rid of Gustav Wolfe, and after their fathers death his brother Victor steps in and rules the roots. at fifteen years old she is sent out hoisting the shops that she hates, he is intimidating, frightening and c Gangland London. Diamond a little jewel of a girl, her father Warren Butcher rule the streets of Soho the Wolfe mob run them out of London and they head to Paris her mother glamour Frenchie and her two brothers Owen and Aiden then moving back to take over the club Milano they will never be rid of Gustav Wolfe, and after their fathers death his brother Victor steps in and rules the roots. at fifteen years old she is sent out hoisting the shops that she hates, he is intimidating, frightening and cruel to them all. And Diamond wants revenge. What a story this is to read, so fast pace and so full of history as we read Diamonds dynamic journey, it keeps you on the edge of your seat chapter after chapter, I loved it all.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Pawsey

    Warren and Frenchie have 3 children, Diamond, Aldenham and Owen. They meet in Paris and Warren has his finger in many pies until Gustav Wolfe takes what he has. They return to England and build a new little empire until Wolfe takes it all again as well as Warren's life. Diamond hates the Wolfe family and wants revenge including Gustavs son Torro. Warren's brother decides to take over the firm as well as the household using his bully boy and controlling ways. Diamond flees to Paris and reinvents Warren and Frenchie have 3 children, Diamond, Aldenham and Owen. They meet in Paris and Warren has his finger in many pies until Gustav Wolfe takes what he has. They return to England and build a new little empire until Wolfe takes it all again as well as Warren's life. Diamond hates the Wolfe family and wants revenge including Gustavs son Torro. Warren's brother decides to take over the firm as well as the household using his bully boy and controlling ways. Diamond flees to Paris and reinvents herself as Diamond Dupree doing whatever she has to do to survive however trouble seems to follow her. This book is Jessie's best yet. This book had a fantastic story, lots of action and crime and will have you on the edge of your seat.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    This is a must read book for anyone who loves gangland novels. Diamond Butcher is the daughter of Warren and Frenchie Butcher, and big sister to Aiden and Owen, who was brain damaged at birth. The Butchers are gangland rivals of the Wolfe family and have been for some time. Diamond goes through some really bad times. If she didn't have bad luck, she'd have absolutely no luck at all. She's a shoplifter, a prostitute, an artist's model and is accused of murder. Her mother's 'friend' in Paris, Mimi, This is a must read book for anyone who loves gangland novels. Diamond Butcher is the daughter of Warren and Frenchie Butcher, and big sister to Aiden and Owen, who was brain damaged at birth. The Butchers are gangland rivals of the Wolfe family and have been for some time. Diamond goes through some really bad times. If she didn't have bad luck, she'd have absolutely no luck at all. She's a shoplifter, a prostitute, an artist's model and is accused of murder. Her mother's 'friend' in Paris, Mimi, isn't all she seems to be and exploits Diamond whenever she can. Eventually, after suffering the death of both parents, her brother Aiden and miscarrying her baby, Diamond's life starts on its upward spiral and it looks like her life is changing for a more settled future. Well worth reading.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Do you know what a Diamond is? It’s a stone that has to be polished to shine and have its own sparkle. I think this is the core of this book; because Diamond Butcher, our main character, has to leave her family bounds to become something different and disconnect but it will not be as easy as she expects. This is a brutal story; intelligent, brave and full of action that will not leave anyone indifferent. Also, it’s quite impossible to not admire Diamond’s force, she is intelligent and with a thirs Do you know what a Diamond is? It’s a stone that has to be polished to shine and have its own sparkle. I think this is the core of this book; because Diamond Butcher, our main character, has to leave her family bounds to become something different and disconnect but it will not be as easy as she expects. This is a brutal story; intelligent, brave and full of action that will not leave anyone indifferent. Also, it’s quite impossible to not admire Diamond’s force, she is intelligent and with a thirst for revenge. As you can imagine this is a story that will keep any reader turning pages without noticing. It’s not a book to take in vain, it’s thick but it will keep you addicted, believe me! Are you ready to discover “Diamond”?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    The story starts with us meeting Diamond Butcher, who is raised by her loving mum and dad, along with her two brothers, during the early part of the last century. Her dad is head of a gang who are in a bitter feud with the rival Wolfe gang. When Diamond’s dad Warren is murdered, his brother Victor takes over the empty place left in both the gang and his home. Victor is worse than evil and forces Diamond to take part in some of his vile plots to extort anyone he can. What follows is an eventful ac The story starts with us meeting Diamond Butcher, who is raised by her loving mum and dad, along with her two brothers, during the early part of the last century. Her dad is head of a gang who are in a bitter feud with the rival Wolfe gang. When Diamond’s dad Warren is murdered, his brother Victor takes over the empty place left in both the gang and his home. Victor is worse than evil and forces Diamond to take part in some of his vile plots to extort anyone he can. What follows is an eventful account of Diamond’s life and loves, with many highs and lows. It is faced-paced and emotional. A fantastic book, which gripped me throughout and had me devouring chapters at a time.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Diamond by Jessie Keane was another superb historical crime fiction book and one of her best. This latest book had me gripped from the beginning till the end. I loved it. However, it is slightly different from all her other books but still an excellent read. Fingers cross I am hoping there will be more of Diamond's story to come. I highly recommend all of Jessie Keane's books. They have all been a 5 star read. Big Thank you to NetGalley and Hoddler & Stoughton for an advance copy of this book on e Diamond by Jessie Keane was another superb historical crime fiction book and one of her best. This latest book had me gripped from the beginning till the end. I loved it. However, it is slightly different from all her other books but still an excellent read. Fingers cross I am hoping there will be more of Diamond's story to come. I highly recommend all of Jessie Keane's books. They have all been a 5 star read. Big Thank you to NetGalley and Hoddler & Stoughton for an advance copy of this book on exchange for a honest review!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lucy C

    I have read and loved all of Jessie Keane's books and this one is no exception. Slightly different for Jessie a tale set way back Pre War with the Butcher family, after a series of events eldest daughter Diamond flees to Paris where her mother is from. I absolutely enjoyed this so much, some right nasty horrible characters Uncle Victor what a vile man. A good gripping storyline that makes you wanting to keep turning those pages. I have read and loved all of Jessie Keane's books and this one is no exception. Slightly different for Jessie a tale set way back Pre War with the Butcher family, after a series of events eldest daughter Diamond flees to Paris where her mother is from. I absolutely enjoyed this so much, some right nasty horrible characters Uncle Victor what a vile man. A good gripping storyline that makes you wanting to keep turning those pages.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    I was so looking forward to reading Diamond and i wasn't disappointed.Diamond Butcher and her family are driven from all they own by the Wolfe family even in France,so Diamonds father brings them back to London to rebuild their lives.One gang fight too many leaves the Butcher family devastated what will happen to them now.I have really enjoyed reading of Diamond and her life my only regret was the ending i hoped it would of been better. 5* I was so looking forward to reading Diamond and i wasn't disappointed.Diamond Butcher and her family are driven from all they own by the Wolfe family even in France,so Diamonds father brings them back to London to rebuild their lives.One gang fight too many leaves the Butcher family devastated what will happen to them now.I have really enjoyed reading of Diamond and her life my only regret was the ending i hoped it would of been better. 5*

  21. 4 out of 5

    Caroline O'Neill

    Another cracker from Jessie Keane focusing on two rival gangs, the Wolfes and the Butchers. Diamond Butcher is a feisty female lead character who has to put up with abuse with her family in London and has to cope with a move to Paris where her life is far from easy. As ever, Jessie Keane's characters are brilliantly written and the end of this book lends itself to a follow up which will hopefully be on the horizon soon. Another cracker from Jessie Keane focusing on two rival gangs, the Wolfes and the Butchers. Diamond Butcher is a feisty female lead character who has to put up with abuse with her family in London and has to cope with a move to Paris where her life is far from easy. As ever, Jessie Keane's characters are brilliantly written and the end of this book lends itself to a follow up which will hopefully be on the horizon soon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patsy

    Wow w hat a blinding read . Jessie mean what a brilliant read .So different from all your other books .At first I thought I would give this book a go and I'm glad that I dis from the first chapter till the last it was so different .hopefully there will be a follow-up of this novel which I would like to see .I would definitely recommend this book by Jessie Keane and I'm sure you would enjoy it .if I could give more then five stars I would. Wow w hat a blinding read . Jessie mean what a brilliant read .So different from all your other books .At first I thought I would give this book a go and I'm glad that I dis from the first chapter till the last it was so different .hopefully there will be a follow-up of this novel which I would like to see .I would definitely recommend this book by Jessie Keane and I'm sure you would enjoy it .if I could give more then five stars I would.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Dillon

    What a fantastic read Well Jessie you done it again.I was hooked from the moment I started reading this book with all of its twists and turns I found it so hard to put down so much so the first night I started to read it I was only going to read a few chapters but it was 5.30 in the morning before I had to make myself put it down and go to bed,,try it,,I promise you you won't be disappointed What a fantastic read Well Jessie you done it again.I was hooked from the moment I started reading this book with all of its twists and turns I found it so hard to put down so much so the first night I started to read it I was only going to read a few chapters but it was 5.30 in the morning before I had to make myself put it down and go to bed,,try it,,I promise you you won't be disappointed

  24. 4 out of 5

    Littlenanny

    Great Page Turner. Having read all of Jessie keane's books I was interested in reading her latest. Very different to her other books but just as good,a rollercoaster of a read,brilliantly written and filled with characters you'll love and hate. I'm hoping there is more of Diamond's story to come. Highly recommended. Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the ARC Great Page Turner. Having read all of Jessie keane's books I was interested in reading her latest. Very different to her other books but just as good,a rollercoaster of a read,brilliantly written and filled with characters you'll love and hate. I'm hoping there is more of Diamond's story to come. Highly recommended. Thanks to Netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for the ARC

  25. 4 out of 5

    Angela Thompson

    Diamond by Jessie Keane Wow a real diamond of a read ! I'm a big fan of books by Jessie Keane , and this could be her best yet . What I love about them are her strong , gritty , no nonsense , direct , sometimes violent to reach the goal female characters , and she has created a crime queen in the character in Diamond. Fantastic . Diamond by Jessie Keane Wow a real diamond of a read ! I'm a big fan of books by Jessie Keane , and this could be her best yet . What I love about them are her strong , gritty , no nonsense , direct , sometimes violent to reach the goal female characters , and she has created a crime queen in the character in Diamond. Fantastic .

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Wow what a read. This is Diamond Butcher’s story and it starts from when she’s a young girl. Her life is one big rollercoaster ride with good and bad happening to her along the way. Who can Diamond trust and who’s working against her. Diamond has a very eventful and emotional journey before she starts to discover the truth. A great read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Sparks

    Diamond by Jessie Keane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5⭐️s Thanks to Courtney at EdPr for the gorgeous gifted proof and finished copy 😍 in exchange for an Honest review. Diamond by name and a diamond to read. Loved the main character of Diamond and her inner strength. I don’t think I’ve read Jessie Keane before but I now get the hype around her writing. You are immersed almost immediately in this story and the gang world of early last century. Watching Diamond’s journey from bullied young girl to a gang land queen to Diamond by Jessie Keane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5⭐️s Thanks to Courtney at EdPr for the gorgeous gifted proof and finished copy 😍 in exchange for an Honest review. Diamond by name and a diamond to read. Loved the main character of Diamond and her inner strength. I don’t think I’ve read Jessie Keane before but I now get the hype around her writing. You are immersed almost immediately in this story and the gang world of early last century. Watching Diamond’s journey from bullied young girl to a gang land queen to be reckoned with. If you love gangland stories then this is an excellent one to pick up next!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Claire Harrison

    Thank you to NetGalley and Hoddler & Stoughton for an advance copy of this book on exchange for a honest review!! I have read all of Jessie Keane's books and love each and every one of them. This new book did not fail to disappoint!! Fantastic story line and characters as always! With a few unexpected twists in the plot to keep you guessing!! Would highly recommend Thank you to NetGalley and Hoddler & Stoughton for an advance copy of this book on exchange for a honest review!! I have read all of Jessie Keane's books and love each and every one of them. This new book did not fail to disappoint!! Fantastic story line and characters as always! With a few unexpected twists in the plot to keep you guessing!! Would highly recommend

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mark Whitney

    Brilliant Read Jessie Keane is like a fine wine and just seems to get better and better each year. She seems to love weaving tales around The Aristocracy and Period Fayre but always a gripping tale revolving that you can't put down. I have loved all her books. She is so dependable. Pure Gold 👍❤️ Brilliant Read Jessie Keane is like a fine wine and just seems to get better and better each year. She seems to love weaving tales around The Aristocracy and Period Fayre but always a gripping tale revolving that you can't put down. I have loved all her books. She is so dependable. Pure Gold 👍❤️

  30. 5 out of 5

    Janette Baillie

    Well this book was amazing!! I was really looking forward to reading this, and it didn’t disappoint. The story was great, with lots of twists and turns, and the ending was superb. After the ruby darke series I didn’t think things could get any better, but if you’re a fan of Jessie’s then you’ll love this. Buy, steal or borrow a copy now!!!

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