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Faces (2007)

by Martina Cole

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I'm only half way through and I find this book very boring. It's a shame as it's a very good story line with explicit violence, but Martina repeats the same thing from one page to another.

We already know this about a certain character... It's like she's forgotten she's already told us.

I'm going to stick with it, even though I've started skipping pages.

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Well, I finished the book and was very disappointed. Faces has some great characters in it and could have been a good book if it was written well.

We authors are taught to show and not tell. Martina TELLS.

If Faces can become a best-seller, there's hope for us little people. ( )
  KarinaKantas | Apr 20, 2018 |
bit repeatitve, but ok ( )
  lallycow | Feb 11, 2013 |
Cole has written this book before, and will doubtless write it again. This is the one about the rise of two Kray-style villains. She wrote it rather better in ‘The Take” and rather less well in ‘Goodnight Lady’. As with most of her books, this is both shockingly badly written and oddly compulsive. If ever a writer needed a good but ruthless editor, it is surely Martina Cole. The surprisingly articulate soliloquies of her characters, and sometimes of the author just go on for ever. At a key stage in the story, when the reader is desperate to know how things are going to work out, there is a long disquisition by the main character on his personal theology.

Floating in the background is a thesis about the origin of that character’s psychotic personality in a hatred of women rooted in Oedipal anger. I thought for a long time that she was going to say something meaningful about this, but the thought remained stubbornly un-focused.

There is a very long and rather peculiar spiel by the author on why one of the female characters should have retained her virginity. Maybe Martina Cole should next tackle a Regency romance. And is it not a pity that Barbara Cartland never produced an East End crime novel.
  GeorgeBowling | Apr 9, 2011 |
bit repeatitve, but ok ( )
  ohgoshbygosh | Mar 12, 2011 |
not one of her best ( )
  kazimiera | Dec 9, 2010 |
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Danny Cadogan, deserted by his father at fourteen years old, determines to make his way in London by whatever means he can. As he grows up, trying to protect his mother and siblings, something changes in Danny, and he becomes part of a violent and dangerous world - a world where he's known as The Face. Out for what he can get. At any cost. Marriage does not change Danny's attitude, and his wife and children are ruled with an iron will. But for a Face on the top of his game, there's only one way to go, and that's down. Danny learns that debts can be paid - even without money.… (more)

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