Martina Cole

Martina Cole

Martina Cole is the acknowledged queen of crime drama with more than twenty novels to her name, 30 million book sales, and over a dozen No.1 bestsellers. Born in 1959, Martina grew up in Essex to Irish Catholic parents, but her first book wasn't published until 1992. Several of Martina's novels have been adapted for the screen, including The Take and The Runaway which were shown on Sky 1 and received remarkable reviews.

Her gritty, haunting writing makes all of her books a gripping read. In 2011 Martina surpassed the GBP50 million sales mark since records began and was the first British female novelist for adult audiences to achieve this. She has spent more weeks in the No. 1 slot on the original fiction bestseller list than any other adult novelist, and jer hard-hitting, uncompromising and haunting writing is in a genre all its own - no one writes like Martina.

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Martina Cole is an unstoppable force in crime fiction with her twenty-third novel Betrayal. Continuing Martina’s passion for strong female characters and themes of trust, family and revenge, Betrayal introduces us to Aiden O’Hara and the mother of his child Jade Dixon. Aiden is on his way up in the world of crime and seems to be making all the right moves to keep himself ahead of the game. But Jade has been in the game longer than Aiden, and she knows the biggest downfall for anyone who reaches the top; trust.

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“Intensely readable” - Guardian

“Her gripping plots pack a mean emotional punch” - Mail on Sunday

“An extraordinarily powerful piece of family drama” - Daily Mirror

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