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Donna Brunos worships her husband and is devastated when he is jailed for armed robbery. Georgio swears he's been set up and persuades Donna to help him escape.Implementing 'the jump' takes Donna into a twilight world she never believed existed - a world of brutal sex and casual violence. Finally, she is confronted by a series of shattering revelations that threaten not onDonna Brunos worships her husband and is devastated when he is jailed for armed robbery. Georgio swears he's been set up and persuades Donna to help him escape.Implementing 'the jump' takes Donna into a twilight world she never believed existed - a world of brutal sex and casual violence. Finally, she is confronted by a series of shattering revelations that threaten not only everything she believes in but also, ultimately, her own life . . ....

Title : The Jump
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ISBN : 9780747248217
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 664 Pages
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The Jump Reviews

  • Aparna
    2018-12-29 05:42

    Completed it in a hurry .... got to return the book right ?? anyways its a story of this dumb-blod prototype turning a new leaf and becoming worldly-wise..get wat i mean ? anyways the heroine is a babe and is married to this bad-guy who is running a porn-ring....... shes blissfully ignorant ... but then uncovers the truth abt the hubby ...obviously - hes bad, ugly, and uses 'flowery' lingo - a good image builder- stuck in prison .... then the whole story kind of went off track when there was a lil M&B mixed in it - meaning the gal falling for the bad mans best frnd[soo predictable:]...anyways the story is abt how she decides to free her hubby-when she knows nothign abt him, but finally decides against it - as she learns more abt the evil-him. She herself messes his breakout from prison for him finally (thats the best part) My rating a 4.5 for the book...story is ok the finish is kind of bad ....romance - an unwanted element in it !

  • Robert
    2018-12-31 11:44

    "did I ever tell you I was deaf until I turned 16? I can still lip read." OOOOoooohhhh! Don't you hate it when you come across a moment in a book that sticks out like a sore thumb? Something so out of place it can't be disguised? You will find that moment in this book around the 4th quarter. Doesn't ruin it entirely, but I saw the man behind the curtain. Otherwise I didn't guess the ending twist. Some of the relationships are too bizarre to believe and people too stupid but it's pretty good anyway. the audiobook has a terrific reader but I got impatient and finished it on the kindle.

  • Nuala Rogers
    2019-01-11 06:50

    My low star rating is obviously an anomaly. I thought the story was far fetched and the author constantly repeated the same points. I also felt she was constantly trying to shock the reader. Not my cup of tea.

  • ~ Cariad ~
    2019-01-10 06:58

    I know that I've said this before... but I've got to say it again!! THIS was my favorite Martina Cole book EVER!!Absolutely fanfuckingtastic!!20 years after it was written in 1995 it's STILL phenomenal - an absolutely terrific Audible book.God I love Annie Aldington's narration : )

  • Sheila Stewart
    2019-01-12 10:57


  • Darren Hughes
    2019-01-22 10:39

    Loved it, couldn't put it down.

  • Zoe Hall
    2018-12-30 07:02

    I have long since been a Martina Cole fan but there are many books I still have not read - this is one of them. This book is an example of Martina at her best! This book reminded me why I love her books - it is engaging, page-turning and the characters are interesting. I genuinely found myself turning the pages to find out what happens next. I definitely wasn't expecting the Sri Lanka aspect of the story.I hope Martina's new book, due for release later this year, will be just as good as some of her earlier work, including this book.I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in a gritty, interesting crime thriller, encompassing the prison world and the lives of those affected the most - people's lives are quite literally changed forever. A web of deceit, greed, and power enshrines a story surrounding the attempted 'jump' of a violent and dangerous prisoner from prison - how far would you go to protect the one you love, even if you find that he is not all he seems? 'Same meat, Donna, different gravy'.

  • Marlene Pearce
    2019-01-06 10:56

    Another good reafIt started off very slow or so I thought. It had to take it slow to explain a lot of the story. It was interesting to see the journey that Donna took. Enjoyed the twist in the story. Left you wanting to read to the end. Another Martina Cole book that didn't let you down.

  • Dave
    2019-01-15 10:52

    WOW!The best book I have had the pleasure of in a long time! It had me hooked from the first chapter! I plan on reading all the Marina Cole books as they are all so different, every book a page turner. I can thoroughly recommend this book to all ADULTS!

  • Janine
    2019-01-21 05:56

    My first Martina Cole and I won't be rushing to read any more. Extremely long and quite boring.

  • Karen
    2019-01-18 03:47

    If you like crime you'll love 'The Jump', no loose ends, meaningful characters, and dialogue to die for. Loved it, cockney and all.

  • Kevin
    2019-01-10 08:44

    3.5*I found that the book so far seemed to be quite repetitive in a number of places and could have had approximately 150-200 pages taken off because of the repetitiveness.

  • David Roberts
    2019-01-02 06:57

    I am reviewing the gangster thriller The Jump by Martina Cole which is an excellent novel which I bought from a car boot sale. This is quite a gritty thriller like many of Martina's books and much of the action takes place in Essex & Parkhurst. The latter being the maximum security prison. Apparently in the prison service in Britain they have a rule that a prison can only be called maximum security if no one has ever escaped and if that does happen it is downgraded. It's just a bit of interesting trivia. Anyway the plot is there is a wealthy man and his wife and the former sells luxury cars for a living and often has parties that everyone wants to go to. He gets arrested for a load of crimes like running a protection racket and murder etc and gets life imprisonment with a recommendation he serve at least 18 years. Of course with crimes like that they normally end up a lot longer. He keeps protesting he's innocent especially to his wife and has been set up. Initially she believes him and stands by him. He doesn't get on very well with the other inmates and he does get attacked etc and his cell mate makes him be an informant to him on the other prisoners. His wife is danger of being robbed and raped etc by these very inmate's associates. Her husband does arrange for people he knows to protect her. As time goes on she gradually finds out things about him like that selling cars was a cover for his activities and he did run a protection racket among other things as well as supply children from Thailand for shall we say lewd activities. He is also saying he is danger in prison and wants his wife to help him escape. His chances of escape are minimal as he is on the SSB wing of the prison. His wife does go to Thailand to try and find out if there is any truth to the accusations of what has been going on. Gradually she gets very disillusioned with him. There is quite an amusing scene where he throws the contents of his slop bucket over the prison governor during an inspection in an attempt to get moved somewhere else. I think he does more or less get his comeuppance as the story unfolds. The story does highlight how when informers inform on other criminals to the police there often isn't much evidence and to varying extents they have to take their word. I really enjoyed this novel which is also nearly 700 pages so is a decent length.

  • Sam Siegman
    2019-01-17 04:45

    Stopped reading very early on. Bit a departure from her usual character archetype. After enjoying her first three novels I came back for more of the same and was left disappointed. I will read the next book by publication date but right now, The Jump is not for me.

  • Shadira
    2019-01-18 09:44

    It was well written, gripping, interesting with many shock twists and turns along the way. The language is hard going and the writing style can be hard at times but it was a pretty good book overall. Donna Brunos visibly matures during the novel, as her eyes are opened to the deeds of her husband and his associates. The focus of the story is often on her feelings about the things she discovers and her worries about how her life has been enriched by criminal dealings, unbeknown to her. It is fascinating watching this development and you can’t help rooting for her.The book soon becomes hard to put down. But, of course, it isn’t a perfect book. Firstly, the subject matter does not make for easy reading. This has been mentioned earlier here, but is worth stressing. Secondly, some of it seems repetitive, especially the regular prison visiting scenes where Georgio and Donna seemed to go over the same ground again and again. Thirdly, some characters were introduced, built up and then seemed to disappear, leaving you wondering what the point of them was. Both the second and third points may well be due to padding. The novel is a chunky one at 664 pages, so some form of padding is probably inevitable. Overall, the size of the book is not at all daunting.Reading The Jump was enjoyable, as I come to care about the characters, feeling distinct emotions for them – love, hate, sorrow, pity, disgust, horror. This shows the effectiveness of the author and the power of her writing

  • Anna Carrington
    2019-01-10 04:38

    I enjoyed this novel, a great story and I loved the writing style. Some very vivid characters and great insights into the UK prison system. But OH DEAR THE ENDING. Why did there have to be an appeal to female audience style ‘must have an ending with lurve and a bloke to make things all right?’ Donna did a lot of growing – but at the end of the day she ended up with another chauvinistic thug – all be it one that didn’t quite descend to the depths of the other. It would have been SO much better if instead of burning the money she’d set up an organization to assist abused children. Alan or whoever could have had a part in her life, if he was prepared to devote some time to that and fit in with her schedule. I daresay he wouldn’t – so she’s have ended up with somebody much better (if she needed anyone at all). Now that would have been impressive. I understand that this is a nineties novel, and also that a less Mills and Boon like conclusion may have ruined the appeal for some, but the ending was so disappointing after such a good read that it put a bit of a dampener on my own inclination to read more of Cole’s work.

  • Mike Parsons
    2019-01-06 08:44

    Very written with well thought out main characters but I thought some of the secondary characters were a bit woolly. Donna Brunos was one of many adornments to her husband's lifestyle and she played the role very well. When her husband is arrested, tried and convicted as an accessory to a robbery that resulted in murder her life changes. She takes over the running of his businesses and so the veneer that was his life, and to a large extent hers, starts to peel away. She begins arrangements to spring him from prison out of love, but slowly as she learns more about him, her motives change.The development of Donna's character as she slowly loses her naivety and grows in confidence is central to the book and was handled very well, although I did get a bit fed with the large of amount of reflection she kept engaging in - I just wanted to her to get over it and move on! There were some good plot twists and overall it was a very enjoyable and easy read.

  • Kingfan30
    2019-01-23 08:06

    I read this book a number of years ago and really enjoyed it at the time. I obviously knew what the twist would be this time and, coming back as a re-read I could see many hints pointing in that direction that I don't remember picking up on before. The book shows its age in that floppy disks are being used, and I can imagine some younger readers not evenknowing what these are (I had a work experience student a couple of years ago, quizzing me on film cameras because he had only ever known digital!) I found this time round that Martina Cole has a tendency to repeat herself a lot, which got on my nerves by half way through. Maybe this one for me should have remained on the shelf as a memory of a good read.

  • Barbra
    2018-12-29 04:47

    This is the first of Martina Cole's books that I have read and I just raced through it. Good book. Language is very strong and very British.Back Cover Blurb:Donna Brunos worships her husband and is devastated when he is jailed for eighteen years on a charge of armed robbery. Georgio swears he's been set up and - terrified he won't survive the rigours of Parkhurst - persuades Donna to help him escape.Implementing the daring plan takes Donna into a twilight world she never believed existed - a world of brutal sex and casual violence. Finally, she is confronted by a series of shattering revelations that threaten not only everything she believes in but also, ultimately, her own life.

  • Mitch McCrimmon
    2019-01-02 06:49

    I only finished half this book, found it too depressing. Don't like to read stories of people being taken advantage of as the poor woman was in this story. The whole atmosphere was too gloomy for my taste. She was the only character in the novel I could empathize with and she just seemed to be headed for disaster. Also, as another reviewer mentioned, the author is very repetitive in this book. She states over and over how much the woman loves her husband and would do anything for him. I found this very tiring after awhile, which added to the overall sense of doom and gloom. I also got tired of the course language and constant emotional aggression between people which I thought was overdone. I enjoyed 2 of Martina Cole's earlier novels, however: The Ladykiller and Goodnight Lady.

  • Bev Taylor
    2019-01-15 07:58

    donna has it all. married to a handsome greco and wanting for nothing - except a child which she cannot have h/e her husband flies rather close to the wind and then is set up for a robbery and sentenced t 18 years they r concentrating on an appeal in a year's time but to fight the boredom, donna decides to take an interest in her husband's businesses what she unearths will change her life - and many others - for ever was rather drawn out for the first half - 660 pages of small print paperback and 2 questions arose why did she not view the disc earlier? also she and the others would have been unable to travel to sri lanka as they did not have visas bev

  • Katie Huscroft
    2019-01-20 12:05

    I thought this book was brilliant. Georgio commits every deception throughout this book. This would be every wife's worse nightmare to learn what Donna Brunos learns about Georgio. What a waste of 20 years of your life on such scum.Another great book from Martina Cole who keeps you gripped in the book and shocks you more each time you read on.I can't help but love her books from the setting to the characters.I would definitely recommend this book.

  • Kelly
    2019-01-07 07:01

    One of Martina's best books I would say. You can't help but like Donna and feel sorry for her. There is an unexpected turn of events towards the end of the book. I didn't think my attention span would see the book out when I first saw the amount of pages but I stuck at it and enjoyed it. Parts of the book are somewhat far fetched but other parts are believable and would make good viewing if it was in a film.

  • Emma
    2019-01-12 06:04

    You cant go wrong with the older books by Martina seems ashame that she has slipped as a writer of late. The Jump has everything you expect in a Martina Cole novel and more, suspense, intrigue, gangsters, and a great story all packed with a punch. This is one of my best books ever, and a book that I have read again, therent arent many books that I can say that about. Highly recommended!!!

  • Leonie Byrne
    2018-12-25 07:06

    The first Martina cole book I ever read I was lent this book by a work colleague. Despite the rather unorthodox way of bringing issues to the forefront of your mind that you would rather you didn't know about the twists and turns of the plot and unexpected turn out of events keep in you suspense throughout. It's empowerment of women and its dealing with issues makes it a powerful book indeed

  • Richard
    2019-01-19 08:41

    I like her writing style, very gritty, very course and very, very English. I enjoyed the plot, the twists and turns and the insight into prison life for the real hardened criminals but this one dragged on at times and occasionally was very repetitive. Had it been 200 pages shorter, I would have rated it 5*.

  • zenbren
    2019-01-23 11:44

    A very compelling read ,which holds your attention, right to the last. The growth of the lead female character (and the mother,housekeeper and unlikely friend) are well crafted. It's a distrubing book about violence, corruption and greed ,criminality of the worst and vilest type. A hard book to pass on to a friend (or maybe that's just me)

  • Theweebarrell
    2019-01-03 03:39

    Donna Brunos worships her husband and is devastated when he is jailed for 18 years on a charge of armed robbery. Georgio swears he has been set up and persuades Donna to help him escape. Implementing the daring plan takes her into a twilight world she never knew existed. Cant remeber much about this except i enjoyed it as i went on to read he other books

  • Lisa
    2018-12-25 05:08

    One of Cole's best i think. This story is full of twists and turns and unexpected moments. Not for the fainthearted though with terrible crimes described in it's pages but I think it is worth knowing about these things for how else are we to fight if we are not aware of the enemy?!

  • Louise Jennings
    2018-12-30 05:57

    This is the best book I have read in a long time really sucked u in and shocked you at times you really follow the character of Donna and experience everything she is discovering. It is so well written and I would suggest this to anyone who likes to read crime books it's amazing!!!