Today on my blog my guest reviewer Deryl Easton shares her thoughts on Dangerous Game by Gillian Godden and it sounds like I need to bump this one up my pile!
Annette Lambrianu is young, blonde, beautiful and bored. Life on the family vineyard with her husband and young son, Antonias, is not what she had expected. Yearning for excitement, she flees to London with her lover and the boy, only to find out the streets are not paved with gold.
Since being taken from his home by his mother in the middle of the night, fighting for survival is all Antonias Lambrianu has ever known. He soon learns that money is power and sets his sights on what he sees as a better future. When his past finally catches up with him, it unexpectedly opens up new opportunities, but new threats come hand-in-hand with them.
Antonias is determined that he will emerge triumphant, but there’s jeopardy everywhere and the stakes are high. Everyone, it seems, is playing dangerous games … Antonias most of all.
This is a tale of selfishness, cruelty, love and betrayal. But who will be the ultimate winner?
Dangerous Games is the origin story of gangster Tony Lambrianu. Book two in the series, Nasty Business, will be published in June 2019, and Francesca – available now – covers the next stage of his journey.
Gillian Godden is a fairly new author on the block, her books are under the urban fiction gangland genre, so they are very similar to authors such as Martina Cole, Kimberley Chambers, Kerry Barnes, Jessie Keane (you get the picture).
This story was one I found I could not put down, I was totally intrigued and immersed in the lives of Tony and Jake, especially Tony’s, his start in life brought a tear to my eye I have to admit it.
When I was reading this book on my way to work on the bus I was gutted when it was time to get off the bus to head off as I wanted the journey to be so much longer so I could discover what was going to happen next, so by the time lunchtime came and on my lunch break I was back on my kindle reading again, my half hour is not long enough especially when you are hooked on stories such as Gillian has written.
I found this story had ingredients that made me laugh, made me feel sad and made me say ‘no way’ and a few ‘OMG’ moments, it had everything in it that I wanted to find in a gangland book.
I liked the fact Gillian does not have too many characters in the book as I could remember who was who and who done what, which makes it an ‘easy read’.
Nasty Business is the next book out on the 11th of June and I can’t wait for it, I can’t wait to get back into reading about the antics of Tony and Jake, I had a real soft spot for each character and I can’t wait to see what direction Gillian takes these characters in.
The only downside is Gillian ‘tells’ just a little too much where she should be ‘showing’ the readers the story and if she can get a hang of ‘showing’ her books would be more explosive than dynamite as she has strong characters and even better storylines her enactments are powerful and leaves you wanting more.
I have given this book its full 5 stars as it totally deserves it, Gillian is an author to watch out for I highly recommend this book, I won’t deny it I am very excited for Nasty Business, bring it on!
A big round of applause to you Gillian a job well done indeed!