My Rating: 4/5
Synopsis: Having discovered she was third on a sinister, coded list of children, stolen to order over two decades ago, Amy Walker travels to Monza to meet the blood parents revealed to her in the final breath of the female gangster who snatched her.
However nothing is as it seems in north Milan and Amy will have to fight once more just to stay alive. Only one man can save her. Superintendent Needham and Detective Flowers have all but exhausted the list of stolen children that Amy discovered with each sorry case leading to nothing. Only the details behind one final snatch remain to be discovered.
Zurich provides their last chance to unearth anything positive, could there be another Amy Walker out there; another child snatched but still alive?
My Review: Okay the first thing I need to tell you is that this book is part two of a trilogy. If you intend to read the first in the trilogy, then it’s probably best not to read my review and read that book first. I read the first book some time ago but found it didn’t take me long to get back into the crazy world of Amy Walker. In a nutshell she has discovered that she was part of a stolen list of children to order more than twenty years ago. She is determined to uncover her past and discover her real parents.
From the very beginning of the book Amy’s world once again turns sour. The story takes us quite literally across the waters featuring London, Italy and Russia and the storyline is just as complex. From the outset Amy’s plan goes wrong and once again people’s lives are on the line; only now its people she cares about. The violence is graphic enough to be descriptive, but not too graphic to put me off my food! The one thing I struggled with was the pronunciation of names. I know that sounds ridiculous but when characters have names I can never pronounce I end up re-naming them in my head (ridiculous I know, but otherwise it ruins the flow).
There are loads of plot twists and I found myself not knowing where to look next in terms of who was behind what. The one thing I really enjoyed was her match up with Vitali (can’t say too much) but it worked well and I have to read on to know what happens. Phil Martin managed to leave the second in this trilogy on a complete cliff-hanger, meaning there will be no wait for me and I HAVE to move on to part 3. I enjoyed this book a little more than the first, maybe because I feel like I’ve had the character history, but have a feeling that the next book will be the best yet.
I only have one criticism and that is the covers! I know, a lot of people aren’t bothered as long as the content is good. I just don’t feel like they do the books justice.*Note since this review the covers have been re-done and look much better* I must say that as self-published books go, this is a winner and to be frank at the time of this review all three books are less than £1.60 (with the first being only £1) on Kindle so a bargain as well. A book I really enjoyed but can’t stop, as I must read book 3.