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Forget Me Not: Will he get to her next?

Forget Me Not: Will he get to her next?

Manchester's Westy Lane is the hunting ground for a killer who leaves a tiny blue flower in the torn body of each victim after he kills her. Lisa Noone, twelve years old, lives too near the lane and her mother is a member of the oldest profession in the book. Their lives are far ... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780340820261
Barcode 9780340820261
Published 10 July 2003 by Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Format Paperback, Digital original
Author(s) By Heller, Mandasue
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ISBN-13 9780340820261
ISBN-10 0340820268
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton General Div
Imprint Hodder Paperback
Publication Date 10 July 2003
International Publication Date 23 June 2003
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, Digital original
Edition Digital original
Author(s) By Heller, Mandasue
Category Fiction
Crime & Mystery Fiction
Number of Pages 448
Dimensions Width: 167mm
Height: 179mm
Spine: 28mm
Weight 280g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Poor - England - Manchester - Fiction, Detective and mystery stories - gsafd, Poor - England - Manchester - Fiction
NBS Text Crime, Thriller & Adventure
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code 190407

Description of this Book

Manchester's Westy Lane is no longer a safe haven for the working girl. A killer has made it his local hunting ground and leaving the police a very special gift - a tiny forget-me-not flower placed delicately in victims entrails. Lisa Noone is twelve years old and wise beyond her years. She lives in squalor, close to the ever-approaching poverty line. Pat Noone is her mother, a fearsome woman who just happens to be a member of the oldest profession in the book. Together their lives are far from perfect, but they will always have each other. Or will they?

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Mandasue has played a real blinder with this great novel -- Martina Cole on Forget Me Not 20021010 'Exhilarating' -- Scotsman 20021117 The complicated plot is taut, the pace brisk. In all a very fine debut novel. More, please. -- Shots on The Front 20020806 'Alarming and beguiling...curiously exhilarating.' -- The Scotsman on The Front 20020806 'A confident take on the serial murder genre.' -- Irish News - Belfast 20030111 'Powerful writing' -- Scotland on Sunday 20030126 'One novel not to be forgotten in a hurry.' -- Belfast Newsletter 20030111 'Gripping' -- Scotland on Sunday 20030126
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
This is Heller's second crime thriller, darker and grittier than her first, with undertones of horror and the occult. It, too, is set in the back streets of Manchester's Moss Side - an area where the writer herself has lived, and which she vividly brings to life. There's a psychopathic killer on the loose who is targeting local prostitutes. Each fresh victim has her abdomen slashed and the 'gift' of a forget-me-not flower placed in the bloody entrails. Even the experienced DI Seddon, in charge of the investigation, is appalled, even more so when a young schoolgirl is found dead after casual sex with a couple of lads she knows and shocking events follow. 12-year-old Lisa Noone, a friend of the dead girl, isn't easily scared, but even she starts to look over her shoulder, especially as her mother, Pat, is a prostitute in trouble with the police. Vulnerable after falling out with her best friend over a boy they both fancy, Lisa becomes fascinated with the strange but good-looking Benny after he rescues her from some rough treatment outside a youth club. All she can think of is a romantic escape from the sordid life she's used to - but Benny has quite another purpose in mind. Lisa increasingly endangers not only herself but also her mother. When Pat is viciously attacked, her most regular punter, Samir Rashid, risks exposure of his dirtiest business deals and secrets. Heller (who has written scripts for ITV's The Bill) goes into territory where many writers would fear to tread - mental patients at large in the community, the under-age marriage import market and Internet pornography - with courage and no illusions. She builds suspense and handles a wide network of characters with consummate ease. Lisa and Pat are particularly memorable, needing all the toughness they can muster to survive terrifying ordeals. Heller sets out to disturb her readers and in this she succeeds. Not a bedtime read, if you want to avoid nightmares. (Kirkus UK)

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Author's Bio

Mandasue was born in Cheshire and moved to Manchester in 1982. She spent ten years living in the notorious Hulme Crescents which have since become the background to her novels. Not only is she a talented writer, but she has also sung in cabaret and rock groups, seventies soul cover bands and blues jam bands. Previous Books: THE FRONT (0 340 82024 1, 07/02)

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