Gold Digger by Gillian Godden

Money talks…

And blonde bombshell Julie isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants. With her mother locked up for murder, all Julie cares about is protecting her younger sister, Frankie. But penniless and alone on the streets of Liverpool, Julie realises that there’s only one sure fire way to make cash fast – the oldest trade.

The men mean nothing to Julie, until she meets Ralph Goldstein, an ex-con who’ll do whatever it takes to make his way to top. And the only man Julie can trust.

Separately, Ralph and Julie’s lives are filled with risk and danger. But when they meet, their blend of personality and ambition could be the best thing that ever happened … or the worst.

Will their pasts be their downfall, or will they make it big…together?

A brilliantly dark and gritty story about one woman’s fight for survival. Perfect for fans of Kimberley Chambers, Caz Finlay and Heather Atkinson.

My Thoughts


Julie and Ralph both live completely separate lives, with Julie living in Liverpool and Ralph in Ireland. He helps bring order to peoples businesses, and if a fight happens to break out he is sure to assert his authority and let others know who they are dealing with. Julie is a prostitute, who finds herself being thrown into the line of work after a strip to Spain with her sister takes a drastic turn. She has little choice but to continue working this way if she wishes to keep a roof over her head.

When their two worlds collide, these two head strong people find that they have more in common than they initially believe. With both of them harbouring secrets, as they grow closer to one another we are slowly fed information that allows us to get a better grasp of who they are as individuals alongside what shaped them into the people they are today.

I do love a good gangland thriller, and this book certainly ticked all of the boxes. The storyline is fast paced and thrilling from the start, introducing us to two very different people who are doing whatever they have to in order to survive. I found both characters intriguing in different ways. and as we are told the story from their own perspectives we get to see their own personal takes on their situations and their feelings towards those around them/

Full of suspense, drama and an abundance of tension, this was a captivating story that had me hooked to the very last page.

You can purchase a copy of this book by following the link below


(This book has previously been published as GOLD)

About the Author

Gillian Godden is a brilliantly reviewed writer of gangland fiction as well as a full-time NHS Key Worker in Hull. She lived in London for over thirty years, where she sets her thrillers, and during this time worked in various stripper pubs and venues which have inspired her stories. She has signed a six-book contract with Boldwood for a new series – the first title of which Gold Digger will be published in July 2021. In addition Boldwood will be reissuing her five backlist titles over the next few months.

Social Media Links

Twitter @GGodden

Instagram @goddengillian

*Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources, Boldwood Books and Gillian Godden for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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