Book Review - Goodnight Lady by Martina Cole
Goodnight Lady is one of my all time favourite books. I have read it time and time again. I actually borrowed the book from my nan when I was in my teens because I wanted some more grown up to read. I don’t think I could have chosen a more grown up book if I tried.
Goodnight Lady was written by Martina Cole and published in 1994. It is based in London and follows the story of Briony Cavanagh. We follow her from a very poor childhood and being sold for sex by her dad to one of the most feared and loved madams in the east end.
Once I started reading Goodnight Lady I couldn’t put it down. It is a gritty novel that includes violence and gangsters in the thirties through to the fifties. The characters are really thought out and I do love a string female lead especially as she is a businesswoman who is in the industry of prostitution.
I do feel that we go on a journey through Briony’s life and we feel everything she is feeling. We meet Tommy Lane, Brionys partner and one true love who helped her set up the business and finally ending up together. We go the trauma of Brionys sister, who was severely affected by her past abuse, becoming pregnant and having twins that Briony raises. We also learn about her other sisters and her parents, there are real strong family values that are very heart warming and all the characters are lovable in their own way.
What I think is really great about this book us that nothing is sugar coated. There are some graphic scenes, for example, there is a scene of a back alley abortion, in the book that could be disturbing and not for the faint hearted.
I really love Martina Cole’s style of writing. She sets the scene so well you feel like you are there and there has been many time were I’ve completely lost myself in her books. You can tell Cole is passionate about what she does and she is an amazing storyteller.
I hope I haven’t given the plot away too much because I feel everyone should read it (just a warning it is 800 pages) or any Martina Cole book, as they are an enjoyable read in my opinion.
Thank you for reading J