I was looking forward to reading this book as it was set in my hometown of Doncaster, and also York, a place I know very well.
The first thing of note was that, although colloquialisms were used, there was no attempt at writing in dialect. This was a positive for me as I tend to find it distracting.
I felt that the characters were a bit formulaic and largely stereotypical, but relatable. Credibility was sometimes stretched a little, however each separate strand was given equal precedence and this made it a balanced account.
Because of the numerous changes of focus, I felt this was probably written with a television programme in mind.
Overall, I found it an undemanding read. It wasn’t a page-turner, although engaging and up to date with its central theme of people- trafficking.
Book Club score: 7/10
Jo Fairweather January 2018