Acapulco 1974: Rina Walker is on assignment. Just another quick, clean kill. She wakes to discover her employer’s severed head on her bedside table, and a man with an AK-47 coming through the door of her hotel room. She needs all her skills to neutralise her attacker and escape. After a car chase, she is captured by a Mexican drug boss who exploits her radiant beauty and ruthless expertise to eliminate an inconvenient member of the government. Notting Hill 1956: Fifteen-year-old Rina is scavenging and stealing to support her siblings and her alcoholic mother. When a local gangster attacks her younger sister, Rina wreaks violent revenge and murders him. Innocence betrayed, Rina faces the brutality of the post-war London underworld – a world that teaches her the skills she needs to kill…
Don’t let ‘the image’ of Hugh Fraser color your opinion of what you ‘think’ this read might be like.
I was pleasantly and hugely surprised at the depth of violence and despair of the characters, and from the first chapter the pace of this quite brilliant novel grips and intrigues.
Rina, the central character, is one that grabs your sympathy, approval and admiration. She is a ruthless killer, and not one to be crossed but she is also loyal and a born survivor. This story is split, telling of Rinas growing up, a poverty stricken and very tough existence and a predicament that she now finds herself in.
This is an impressive and action-packed thriller, and was a one sit read for me. I just had to get to the end to see how it all panned out for her.
It is one that will astonish.