My Rating: 3/5
Synopsis: In the darkest parts of the City of Light Eva Scott is searching for her brother's killers. She is caught up in a tangle of deception he left behind, facing violent assault, brutal murderers and deeply embedded corporate corruption. At the heart of it is a dirty biotech business making a lethal profit from compromising human health. Behind that, an organisation with a devastating viral blackmail tool. Their targets? Global power, capital and manipulation. And Eva.
My Review: I always look forward to a debut novel and Alex Blackmore’s was no different. The synopsis sounded intriguing, and I was hoping that I would again stumble onto another great author. Initially Eva seems a little sketchy, I think that’s the only way I can describe it. As a reader we are thrown straight into the deep end with Eva’s arrival and subsequent search for information on her brother Jackson in Paris.
I definitely felt the tension in the writing and the story almost immediately which definitely drew me in. Unfortunately though, I veered between detailed version of some things, and vague descriptions of others. It’s hard to explain exactly what I meant, but in short I think I found myself having to go back over paragraphs to ensure I hadn't missed anything. With that to one side, I was pretty taken with the actual story and although maybe not the sort of theme you normally see, one that is all too probable in the future.
Eva’s search for her brother Jackson means she uncovers so much corruption she is unsure who to trust and believe. I found myself getting more and more into the story as the book progressed and by the last third can say that it had turned into a real page turner. The book had all the right ingredients, but there were also things missing. The ending was a brilliant platform for another book (which I sincerely hope Alex Blackmore goes ahead with). Although I have only rated it 3/5, I still think this author has brilliant writing style and can certainly build suspense and intrigue. For me though, the vague and sketchy parts of the book just stopped it being a 4/5 book in my opinion. I will certainly look forward to the next book, and think she may well be one to watch!