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Summary

Gritty...shocking...true.

Top Girl is the tell-all true story of a grammar school girl turned county lines drug dealer.

Danielle has a safe, happy childhood growing up in West London, but her bright future fades as she turns her back on school for gang life and crime.

Betrayed by the police after a brutal gang rape, she finds protection under the wing of organised criminals and falls in love with the local ‘top boy’.

However, her allegiances bring terror to her doorstep when gun-toting rivals target her flat - and the authorities answer by taking away her baby.

Heartbroken, Danielle spirals deeper into gang life and becomes a key player in a sprawling county lines operation, running drugs to satellite towns all over the UK from the gang’s London HQ.

The Harrods shopping sprees, designer handbags and hedonistic lifestyle are the envy of her friends, but the good times and cash mask the grim realities of her life.

A turning point comes when Danielle is arrested and - with the help of a probation officer - she begins to question whether she really is ‘top girl’ after all. But after five years deep in the high-earning street hustle, can she really leave it all behind?

Danielle’s gritty, emotional, no-holds-barred memoir lays bare the reality of a county lines insider and reveals the truth about life on the frontline of Britain’s biggest drug threat for a generation.

©2022 Danielle Marin (P)2022 Boldwood Books

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Stunning and shocking

This is one of the most very opening and stunning books I have ever read.
It is brutal in a number of places but so real and such an insight into how a teenage girl becomes a key part of a county lines drug dealing gang.
At times my heart broke for Danielle, at times she frustrated me but I empathised with her throughout.
Please read this book as it is a real one-off. I couldn’t put it down.

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Fantasy listen

Great insight into gang life and a well told story.
Huge respect to the lassie.

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Scarily accurate

Quite harrowing at times but refreshing in a weird way that no details were left out. Allowing us as readers to really understand the life that was led by Danielle.

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impressive and honest

Enjoyed this book so much, an insight in to a world most of us didn't know about. Her courage is inspiring. Look forward to a follow up.

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FASCINATING STORY!

WELL READ AND A FASCINATING STORY ABOUT BEING ON THE STREETS IN THE DRUG BUSINESS.
A GREAT INSIGHT OF THIS YOUNG GIRLS LIFE. THOROUGHLY ENJOYED.

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Interesting listen

Not being funny but she finishes it with a letter to her son saying she didn’t see it coming??!!

She let gangsters cook up crack in her kitchen and bring guns into her house with her baby there? What did she expect!!!

Didn’t make much of effort to reconnect with her kid for years either

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Brilliant

really interesting story. Pretty honest and brutal in some parts but an honest insight.

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Truly awful narration

I couldn’t get past the first few chapters of this because the narrators dull, flat tone throughout gives absolutely nothing to this story. A waste of a credit.

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Gripping, honest, inspirational

Couldn’t stop listening! Such a powerful story, gritting, shocking and honest. Really shows the real people behind the county lines headlines.

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Real life story so many can relate to!

Amazing insight into the real life story which surprisingly so many people go through and can relate to.