My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Anna Davis has run away from her abusive gangster boyfriend. She knows he will stop at nothing to find her and to kill her. She starts her new life when she meets Tanya Smith and becomes her flatmate, and eventually best friend and business partner. She also meets businessman Freddie Tyler. He seems the complete opposite of her ex, Tony. She loves how kind he is and how he is eager to make her happy. Now that she has these two fine friends, has Anna's life taken on the change she's needed? As a reader, I hoped so, because there are shocking things about both Tanya and Freddie, especially Freddie, that Anna will soon find out. And, is she truly free of Tony, who is as ruthless as they come?
Oh the terror and the excitement! I was equally proud of Anna and her resilient strength, but just as horrified at the thought that she might be caught by Tony, because if she is found, it will mean the end for her. Tony was brutal, and reading of his acts towards Anna and others truly scared me, making me worry about Anna's safety. Tony has everything at his disposal and has many people watching out and looking for Anna.
Although I have read crime thrillers before, this is indeed one that features organized crime members as central characters. I was glad that, although gritty, there was a huge measure of sensitivity in the story. I found this to be a smooth read and the hours just melted away into the night as I read this book through. Granted, I read fast, but this stunning book made that abundantly easy. I was gripped from the first page when Anna was running away. Wow! It was truly frightening. In this very moment, I knew Anna was going to be one of my favorite heroines. This excitement continued right through to the riveting conclusion, especially with the shocking twists and turns along the way. I am utterly amazed that this is a debut novel. It is written with fine detail, exceptional characters and an excellent narrative.
I am reading the next in this series, Dangerous Girl for review, so I purchased this book in order to know Anna and the situation that she was in. I don't know for sure, but I am fairly certain that I needed to read this book before reading the next. I am so glad that I did.