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Vigilante

Vigilante

Jenny Pepper never expected to end up like this. Tired of her job and her lacklustre marriage, increasingly marginal in her teenage daughter’s life, Jenny stumbles into a vigilante rescue one night; suddenly her world is exciting again – and she’s a hero. In secret – in costume – she walks the streets of her small town, seeking to right wrongs. But secret identities are tricky to maintain, and Jenny’s need for adventure is beginning to cost her dearly.

Then, amidst the petty crime, a terrifying villain appears. He’s attacking young girls – and Jenny’s daughter is at risk. As she starts to see less and less clearly through the mask, Jenny finds her fantasy life becoming frighteningly real.

We all want to be extraordinary, and we all have a moment in our lives when we realise that we’re not. VIGILANTE is about a woman who didn’t accept it gracefully.

Read by Sherry Baines

(p) 2015 Orion Publishing Group
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 8th January 2015

Price: £18.99

ISBN-13: 9781409157120

Reviews

This is a novel that, without worthiness, touches on everything from the sexualisation of schoolgirls to the misogyny of comics. Harris's debut, Jubilee, was a bestseller, and her entertaining follow-up deserves to match its success
DAILY MAIL
A quirky, entertaining read - I loved it
WOMAN AND HOME
This story is for any woman who has ever wondered if there's more to life than ironing
PRIMA
Meet Jenny - a bored housewife who runs a charity bookshop when not having to cope with her moody teenage daughter. Fretting over all the things she could have done with her life, she finds herself caught up in events that finally give her a chance to shine as a real-life superhero (sort of)
BELLA
Jenny's bravery us nothing if not inspiring. Aside from the backdrop of superheroism, the themes of boredom, relationship woes and a sense of dissatisfaction with everyday life are common to all of us
HEAT
Book of the Month: Bored with her life, she gives herself a kick-ass makeover and, dressed in cape and mask, pursues a secret life as a small-town vigilante - until a girl is brutally attacked and her fantasy world becomes reality
SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is funny entertainment wrapped around a tense thriller
THE TIMES
Vigilante is a novel in which character, voice, plot and themes come together to create a cracking read. It's a brilliant book. Highly recommended.
THE WRITES OF A WOMAN
Harris' writing is witty and beautifully poignant, Vigilante is shocking, empowering and hilarious funny throughout.
WE LOVE THIS BOOK
Harris is a brilliant writer and Vigilante is a clever, fun, original story which millions of women will be able to relate to
BOOKBAG.COM
Light-hearted at times, dark at others, there has been a great buzz about this - thanks, quite possibly, to this article in The Independent, where Shelley herself dresses up as a superhero.
NOVELICIOUS
Kick-Ass for small-town mothers . . . fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy . . . worked through with charm and verve
Irish Examiner
Her writing about the more ubiquitous trials of middle age and parenthood fuses the wryly familiar with flashes of poetry, and the plot's thriller elements convey a real sense of jeopardy.
Press Association
A generous, thoughtful, and often profound book about a woman who takes life into her own hands. I absolutely wept my heart out at the ending, and I am still thinking about Jenny Pepper.
Julie Cohen, author of TOGETHER