I waxed lyrical in my praise of Alex Blackmore’s first novel Lethal Profit and I had already decided to buy the next one if and when she wrote another. I am happy to say that Real Readers sent me the next one. And I am enjoying it just as much as the first.
I was delighted to be reacquainted with Eva. And straight away we were thrust into the meat of this novel from the first sentence. No messing about!!
My first fear was whether Ms. Blackmore could deal with the dreaded ‘second album syndrome’. She could and she did so admirably. I think there is that comfort that you get from another book in the series. But there is much reference to what has gone before and maybe because I have read Lethal Profit it all makes sense to me I’d like to think that anyone could enjoy this novel even if they hadn't read the first one.
I’m giving nothing away but I found this book as enjoyable as the first. We are still subjected to some of Eva’s fashion dilemmas! And she still amazes me with her ability to survive unscathed from some of the dreadful situations she finds herself in. I think I said of Lethal Profit that it was almost but not quite sci fi and I was struck again by the vaguely sci fi flavours.Only this time I think it is very skilful to offer this as a subtle seasoning to what is predominantly a conspiracy thriller.
There is so much suspense and tension that I felt quite drained at times. The concluding cliffhanger is a bit of a gamble I think. Lovely to think there will be another book in the series but does an ending like that satisfy a reader enough to guarantee their loyalty for the next book? Interesting, given the amount of time between one book and the next. On TV we often ‘only’ have to wait a week for the next episode but here it’s a little longer and I think a writer really has to be sure that they have sustained their readers’ interest.