The Schemer

  • by Kimberley Chambers
  • Narrated by Annie Aldington
  • 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The heir to Martina Cole’s crown with a story of murder, the underworld, violence and treachery.
It’s 1983 and Stephanie Crouch’s life is dull. She is desperate to escape the run-down, pokey council house she shares with her overbearing family, but at fourteen years old she has nowhere to go.
When Stephanie meets East End wide-boy Barry, his cockney charm and quick tongue soon have her head over heels in love. Finally Stephanie feels like her dreary life is on the up. But too young to control their fate, Stephanie and Barry are torn apart when he is whisked away to Spain by his family. Lonely and heartbroken Stephanie turns to Barry’s childhood friend Wayne for comfort, and their friendship soon blossoms into romance, leaving Barry fuming and promising revenge....
,P>Ten years later Barry returns to England. Within one month Stephanie's happy world with Wayne is turned upside down. People immediately start to point the finger of accusation at Barry, but is he the one to blame? Or, should Stephanie look elsewhere to find the schemer who has ruined her life?

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What the Critics Say

"Easily as good as Martina Cole." (News of the World)
"[a] faced-paced tale with gritty authenticity." (The Guardian)

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Customer Reviews

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Entertaining listen

A mystery involving the relationships and betrayals of well developed characters over decades. No cliches. A story with many unpredictable twists and turns.
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- Thomasina L. Ursich

The Schemer book review

What made the experience of listening to The Schemer the most enjoyable?

The diversity of all the characters and how they were all relatable to real life.


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes definetly!! Basically by just wanting to know what happens.


What about Annie Aldington’s performance did you like?

each character was had was made to sound interesting


Who was the most memorable character of The Schemer and why?

Gosh this is a hard one due the fact I liked them all. But if I had to choose it would be Stephs mom because she was always so strong.


Any additional comments?

This book was absolutley amazing and riviting!! Looking forward to The Schemer part 2.

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- Jennifer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-21-2012
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited