I recently discovered Martina Cole after exhausting the newest works of my usual authors. While she is an excellent author and all of her books are well worth the read, Goodnight Lady is definitely one of her best. The characters are very detailed and quickly wrap you up in their stories, making for a book that is very difficult to put down. Her writing put you in the middle of central London in the 1960s, and the years that follow as you watch Briony Cavanagh grow up. However, it would be remiss of me to review this book without including two warnings. Firstly, the stories themselves are somewhat disturbing. For example, in a number of books Ms Cole employs storylines of child abuse, (...), drug use, prostitution etc. In and of themselves those topics would not merit a warning. But it is her extensive description of the particular events that make them so cringe worthy. Secondly, the British slang terms are initially difficult to figure out. For example, police are known as "filth" by members of the lower class. However, the reader quickly picks up the terms and gets used to their use. Overall, if you are looking for a great author and storylines that will keep you riveted, Martina Cole is a must read and Goodnight Lady is a great introduction to a terrific author.