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I didn’t see it at first, sitting between the cash register and a stack of order pads. It might have been there for hours – or longer – just waiting, while I spent another day of my summer dying of boredom inside Gracewell’s Diner.
There were just two of us left to lock up tonight. I was hovering beside the register, drumming my fingernails on the countertop, while Millie, my best friend and partner-in-waitressing, glided around the diner and sang into the broom handle like it was a microphone. Everyone else had left, and my uncle Jack – manager not-so-extraordinaire – had stayed home with a hangover.
The tables stood resolutely in rows, flanked by straight-backed burgundy chairs and the occasional rubber plant.

About the book

When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion next door, Sophie Gracewell’s life changes for ever.

Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nic, Sophie finds herself falling into an underworld governed by powerful families.

When Sophie’s own family skeletons come to life, she must choose between two warring dynasties – the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break …

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Press reviews

“An exciting story full of sexy, sexy boys, Vendetta would make an incredible movie”

Louise O'Neill, author of ONLY EVER YOURS

Vendetta is a YA novel the likes of which I can’t say I’ve ever read before. A grimy, tense, crime/gang thriller with a dynamic cast of characters; Vendetta brings drama and realism to a dark story of grudges, revenge and passion.”

Alice Oseman, author of of SOLITAIRE

“I stayed up until Late o’clock finishing Vendetta by [Catherine Doyle]. It’s AWESOME. Great fighting. Great kissing”

C.J. Daugherty, author of NIGHT SCHOOL

“I can solely say that this is the best book I’ve read this year in 2014 … I was left breathless by the end of the story, a shamble of broken feelings and suffering from emotional turmoil. It is difficult for me to put into words of how this book made me feel … The characters in this book are sensational..”

The Dark Dictator

“Where do I start describing how AMAZING this novel is? I truly am speechless. Vendetta is a compelling, heartbreaking, and heart-wrenching novel that I couldn’t put down … It was faced paced, intense, on the edge of your seat and getting hot underneath the collar. The plot is everything I want in a YA novel.”

“Fan-freaking-tastic … I honestly can’t say enough good things about it! I would read anything Cat Doyle writes after flying through Vendetta!!”

Victoria Scott, author of FIRE & FLOOD

“The sexy bad boy and his distorted sense of honour will […] have adolescent girls rooting for the wrong’uns in this Romeo and Juliet of the underworld.”

Daily Mail

“Intriguing and exciting. Kept me wanting more.”

Lucy Christopher, author of STOLEN

“Doyle skilfully prepares her readers for a narrative that blends thriller and romance, building tension in the former and accelerating the physical intensity of the latter … this is a novel that will keep its readers turning the pages. Irish young-adult literature has, in the person of Doyle, a welcome addition to its ranks.”

Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times

“This is a gripping thriller with intense, complex characters, played out in a world where the line between right and wrong becomes less obvious as the story comes to its brilliant conclusion.”

The Irish Examiner

Vendetta by [Catherine Doyle] is potentially the best book of the year. Scrap that, that I’ve ever read.”

Blame My Bookshelf

Vendetta is a compulsively readable story of secrets, lies and the mafia. The characters are intriguing, as is the underworld in which Sophie quickly becomes embroiled ... The writing is slick and punchy, with exciting dialogue and mile a minute pacing”

We Love This Book

“I absolutely loved this, it had everything from forbidden romance to violence in abandoned warehouses. It was scary and thrilling and surprisingly romantic; I cannot wait to read the sequel and see how far Sophie is willing to go for Nic.”

An Awful Lot of Reading

“The five boys are wonderfully varied characters, and Sophie stands up for herself in the face of what would for anyone else be an intimidating display of hotness. The plot twists between fun teenage romantic interactions and bone chilling intrigue without losing a beat.”

Lauren James, author of THE NEXT TOGETHER

“The perfect modern retake of Romeo and Juliet, with a strong heroine and gorgeously tantalizing love interest; and that’s not even mentioning the fearsome family feud. Unlike some romantic novels, it wasn’t all about the love but included action and mystery, making me keeping turning the pages! I liked Sophie as I felt she was a believable, reliable main character with easy to relate to characteristics.”

Izzy Read (age 14), LoveReading4Kids reviewer

“I flew through this book and am already very greedy for the next book in the series … A fantastic read that will keep you turning the pages.”

Sarah Murray (age 16), LoveReading4Kids reviewer

“With its families at war and star-crossed lovers caught in the middle, Doyle’s YA debut reads like a modern twist on Romeo and Juliet by way of The Sopranos.”

Publishers Weekly (USA)

“As a romance it smoulders beautifully: Nic and Sophie are smart as well as gorgeous, the dialogue crackles, and their respective families’ attempts to forbid them from seeing one another gives their love an added intensity. It impresses as a crime drama too.”

Books For Keeps

Vendetta is SO addictive! Occasionally I’d look up and wonder how the last 50+ pages had just flown by … Catherine Doyle’s debut is a brilliant page-turner, packed with thrills and intrigue.”

Luna's Little Library

“Movie written all over it ... the first instalment in what should be a strong trilogy.”

Irish Independent

Author notes

'I’ve always loved movies about the criminal underworld, but I’m also a die-hard fan of epic and forbidden romance. I wanted to marry the two ideas in a new way. One night, when I was drifting to sleep, the image of five mysterious brothers standing in front of a haunted mansion popped into my head. I was looking at them from across the street, through a girl’s eyes, and I just knew I had to tell her story!'

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