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Kat's Review of Rough Cut by Anna Smith (Rosie Gilmour #6)

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Synopsis: When a young Pakistani bride falls to her death from a window, Rosie has to navigate the story with care, trying not to upset the girl's devastated family or the local Pakistani community. After talking to the family, however, Rosie becomes convinced that there is more to the story than a tragic accident, and that something is being kept from her and the police. Meanwhile, on the other side of Glasgow, Nikki and Julie, two prostitutes, find themselves in trouble when a client dies during an assignment and it looks like one of them is to blame. Their problems become far worse though, when a briefcase they steal from the dead man turns out to contain some very valuable rough diamonds and several fake passports. It's clear it belonged to some serious criminals, and now they have much more to worry about than a dead body. Investigating the Pakistani girl's death, Rosie has been talking to Laila, another young girl from the community, who has voiced her fears of being forced into marrying a much older man in Pakistan. When Laila disappears, Rosie is sure her fears have been realised. Then Nikki contacts her asking for help, and Rosie senses a parallel with her current case. Sure enough, as Rosie flies to Pakistan to try and rescue Laila, it becomes clear that the 'accidental' death, Laila's disappearance and the briefcase are all linked - and once back in Glasgow, she, Julie and Nikki discover just how much danger they are in...

Kat’s Rating: 5/5

Kat’s Review: If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, you really do need to make a change and sharpish! I read my first Rosie Gilmour book back in 2012 and haven’t missed a single one since. This is the 6th book in the series and the series itself is showing no signs of weakness, it just seems that each books gets better and better. For those not in the know, the series surrounds a Scottish journalist by the name of Rosie Gilmour. This book can certainly be read as a standalone but I would highly recommend reading the series in order. I feel like I am getting to know Rosie more and more and was really looking forward to the latest book.

This book had a slightly different feel to it compared to previous books, I think mainly due to the subject matters. There are two main threads to the story and each one is utterly compelling. I have come to know secondary characters and was pleased to see that Rosie’s colleague Matt is still alongside her and the regular appearance of her boss Mick as well as her police contact Don makes it feel like things are ‘as they should be’. The first element of the story means we see Rosie investigating the death of a Pakistani bride. The second thread is at the opposite end of the spectrum as two prostitutes find themselves in the middle of a major problem involving the death of a client. 

In the beginning I was a little concerned as the two stories seemed to contrast so highly I couldn’t even begin to contemplate how the story would pan out. Thankfully, I am a reader and not a writer and the story itself was absolutely brilliant which just proves that Anna Smith is at the top of her game. I don’t want to mention too much more of the storyline as the way this books reads and pans out is all part of its brilliance.

Once I hit chapter 6 there was no turning back and the story just got better and better. With regards to Rosie’s personal life, we also get to see some developments, and literally that is ALL I am saying. Am I pleased with the developments? I don’t know yet, but think maybe the next book may help in my decision (Anna Smith you naughty woman). The absolutely best thing about these books is that they are SO real. Anna’s previous journalism career shines through and I literally feel like I am taking the journey next to Rosie. From Glasgow to Pakistan, this latest Gilmour book is full of excitement and adrenalin and is by far THE best book of hers to date. This bad boy is grittier than sandpaper and you’d be a fool to miss out!!!

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