Guilt by Heather Burnside #BookReview #Guilt #UrbanCrime #CrimeThriller #NetGalley @heatherbwriter @HoZ_Books #onceuponatimebookreviews

Today I am reviewing Guilt by Heather Burnside, published by Head of Zeus.


Someone knows what she did…

Businesswoman Laura Sharples owns a fashionable chain of clothing shops, but not so long ago she called herself Crystal and worked the streets of Manchester. Although she’s moved on, she’s never forgotten how far she had to go to beat her addictions and raise her daughter, Candice.

But when Laura’s business is repeatedly vandalised, she begins to fall back into old habits to cope with the stress. As the attacks escalate, the police have no leads. But Laura is terrified: someone must know the truth about who she used to be…

And they won’t stop until she loses everything.

Guilt, a spin off to the brillant Working Girls series, reunites the reader with Crystal (now going by the name Laura). I always had a soft spot and rooted for her, so I was thrilled for this book and couldn’t wait to dive in.

Against all odds Laura has survived her tumultuous past and has built a successful business and raised her daughter Candice. But someone is out to get her and the progress she has made to better herself is under threat of being destroyed. Will this force her to return to life she struggled so hard to leave behind?

Burnside does what she does best and has created another gritty and explosive read. The pace is fast, the characters are flawed and believable and I could not put it down! It is the whole package and another perfect example of Burnside’s skilful storytelling.

Thank you to Heather Burnside, Head of Zeus and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of Guilt, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google read Play Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, Foyles and BookBub if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.


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Heather Burnside grew up in Gorton, a working-class area of Manchester famed as the original location for the TV series, Shameless. She moved from Gorton to a new housing development and spent her teenage years on one of the toughest estates in Manchester. 

During the 1990s the estate became the headquarters for one of Manchester’s predominant gangs. It regularly featured in the local press due to shootings and drug-related problems. Heather draws heavily on this background as the setting for many of her novels.

After taking a career break to raise two children Heather enrolled on a creative writing course. During that time she had many articles published in well-known magazines and went on to run a writing services business before focusing on her novels. 

Heather now works full-time on her novels from her home in Manchester which she shares with her two grown-up children.



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