Troubador The Lies and Crimes of Sweet Caroline

Released: 28/01/2021

ISBN: 9781800462168

eISBN: 9781800468740

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The Lies and Crimes of Sweet Caroline

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Born to a mother who doesn’t want her, living in a world that doesn’t understand her, fuelled by anger and hatred, Caroline dreams of a different life.To survive the one she’s been given, she channels that anger and hatred, and behind her fragile, beautiful exterior hides a woman who will do anything to get what she wants.

Together with girlfriend Leoni, she takes from those who often deserve no better, blackmailing, stealing and killing, comfortable at last in her own skin, living her own uncompromising way. But the world she has chosen to inhabit is a dangerous one, and not even Caroline is infallible. When a blackmail attempt goes wrong, her life is in danger. Has she gone too far this time?

What can a woman do when death seems inevitable?

In this dark thriller, meet a new kind of hero and walk with Caroline through the seedy underbelly of life, where sex, blackmail, revenge and even murder are all in a day’s work.

A quick and easy read that I found myself picking up after a long day to unwind. The characters are beautifully written and I came to love them within the first few pages and was rooting for them all the way to the end. At times I wanted to stop reading because I just wanted the experience to go on for longer.

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Enjoyed this book. I have never read this author but I am glad I did. Will definitely be looking for more in the future.

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A brilliant dark extremely addictive story. I loved the characters and the setting. A brilliant coming of age story x

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This is a dark and twisted story! It was very addicting and I want to read more by this author! It was a unique plot that kept me hooked.

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I’ve literally devoured this in one full sitting. The story is well written and even better, oh the joy!, it’s going to have a sequel. Nothing better than loving a book and an author and knowing they’ll have a follow up! I shall be buying this for my friends as birthday gifts and recommending on social media to all. A strong 5/5.

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Dark, twisted, suspenseful tale. Caroline is born to a mother who never wanted her and neglects her more than she cares for her. As Caroline grows up she learns that she must make her own way and learns to get revenge on those who have wronged her. Darkly entertaining and difficult to put down.

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Wow this is not what I expected once I started reading this book. A young girl Caroline sweet Caroline whose mother thought of her as and intrusion makes a life for herself. Not the kind of life any mother would want for her child. Caroline grows up to become a con artist, prostitute and a natural born killer. Through her life of being bullied and ridiculed her life of crime begins at a very young age. Killing for money, killing for the love of it. Then she meets Leoni and she changes Caroline's life in a loving way. We go on the roller coaster of a girls life and the surprising end which I did not see coming. All through this book Darren Wills the author shows us the crazy life that brings Caroline to an ending she herself did not see coming. Her life with her mother Judy was far from perfect which is why Caroline turns to the crime ridden life she has, but the ending was a big surprise. Now we must read Mr. Wills next book to find out what happens.

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Born to a mother who doesn’t want her, living in a world that doesn’t understand her, fuelled by anger and hatred, Caroline dreams of a different life!
Such a dark. Twisted. Crazy read! This was an edge of your seat ride.
I enjoyed the reading and writing style.

by NetGalley review


was immediately lured into this book by the intriguing title and a gorgeous cover. And of course, the book itself did not disappoint. I tend to read a lot of dark thrillers, especially those with twisted characters - which is certainly the focal point of this novel.

From the beginning, we know that Caroline doesn't shy away from doing bad things; having come from a difficult family background, she does what she has to do to get by. But throughout the course of this book, the reader wonders - is Caroline a resourceful yet really criminal woman, or is she a psychopath? And what would you do if you were simply good at doing bad things for a large personal gain?

Suspenseful and oddly satisfying, I enjoyed this short book, most importantly for its beautifully written characters.

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I've seen mixed reviews of this book on Goodreads but have to say that I think it's a brilliant book. While I wouldn't necessarily describe it as a thriller, I think the dark plot and insight into the main character fits in more with psychological fiction. The plot is almost biographical in that it follows the events of Caroline's life that have shaped her into the woman she is today, though these events don't appear chronologically so the reader is left guessing at first. By the end of the novel so much had happened that I'd completely forgotten about a key event which led to one interesting last development. Definitely worth reading!

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I knew nothing about this book going into it. The beginning was a little bit of a slow burn for me, but the second half had me entranced! I was so curious what Caroline was going to end up doing! Caroline was born to a mom who neglects her. Caroline grows up wanting revenge!

If you want a suspenseful quick read, I highly recommend this one!

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A very different read for me! I like different. I read the book in one sitting, trying to figure out just where the storyline was headed. A Thelma and Louise kind of theme....plus! The reader experiences many emotions as she/he reads Sweet Caroline! If you are looking for something a little different this book may just be the one.

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A very different read for me! I like different. I read the book in one sitting, trying to figure out just where the storyline was headed. A Thelma and Louise kind of theme....plus! The reader experiences many emotions as she/he reads Sweet Caroline! If you are looking for something a little different this book may just be the one.

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This follows Caroline whom was born a twin, she was born unwanted and neglected.. was she born evil or her circumstances changed her?... Caroline and her bestfriend/lover.. tries to con the rich... in what they call claim back some of their life what owes them like.. Caroline is such a dark and gruesome phsycotic person.. with a lot of plans for things but no actual emotion or feelings.. this was an easy gruesome dark thriller highly recommend.

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Caroline hasn't had the best of childhood's, her mother has always seen her as nothing more than a nuisance and an intrusion in her life. Caroline decides to make a life for herself, and it is certainly not the life that any mother would want for their child. Caroline grows up and makes her own path as a con artist, prostitute and more shockingly, a killer. And then she meets Leoni, who changes Caroline's life in more ways than she could possibly imagine.
This book was certainly not what I had expected, and I really do mean that in a positive way! The story was well constructed, with plenty of twists and drama to keep the reader fully engaged to the very end.
The characters are well developed, with their own quirks and past stories that add to this already complex story.
I really enjoyed this book, and I would certainly recommend it to others!.

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Darren Wills

I am a teacher by trade and have been that for more years than I care to admit. Recently, I have taken to writing thrillers, books I probably wouldn’t be encouraging my students to read. I am currently writing the third book in my trilogy, a kidnapping story with a difference, and would recommend all three of these stories to anybody who likes to be on the edge of their seat when reading.


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