Wednesday, March 27, 2013

RABT: "Russian Dolls" by Cristelle Comby Book Review

New Adult - Mystery&Detective
Date Published:3/13/2013

Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?

Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say. 

Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.

As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This may be the fifth book about human sex trafficking that I have read in the past five months, and it never ceases to completely blow me away!  This book leaves the familiar Mexican/Hispanic tie-in and tackles another area I never thought about--Russia.

Let's tackle the first thing.  This book is almost completely free of profanity (the minor instances don't really bother me), and sex is only talked about.  Morality is high, and justice is served.  This is the first book in the series, and the ending left me practically breathless.  I realized that I was going to be left hanging about ten pages before I finished the book, but it is not one of those endings that upset me.  There is resolution, but there is a promise for more.  All I can say is that Ms. Comby needs to get the next book out as soon as possible!

I love mysteries, and this book was everything I could have wanted from that standpoint.  It also dealt with an important issue.  But all these things do no automatically equal a 5-star rating.  Neve and Egan are amazing detectives, and you never would have paired them up as amateur detectives.  But they make it work, and it is one wild ride.  I experienced it all:  anger, humor, suspense, and practically nonstop action!  This book is not for the faint of heart.

When I began the book, I liked it, but I almost viewed it as a chore.  I truly enjoyed the story, but I just didn't lose myself into it until a little bit later.  In fact, as I approached the last third of the book, I was so mesmerized that I lost track of where I was and what time it was!  I had to know what the outcome would be.

My heart was touched as evidence and stories emerged.  I found myself pondering this horrible crime against humanity, and I discussed it in detail with my mother. There is nothing like an outstanding, engaging story with a message, and I can assure you this book delivers just that.  It is a fast read, and you will probably view your world differently once you finish it.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

Author Bio:
Cristelle Comby was born and raised in the French-speaking area of Switzerland, somewhere between Geneva and Lausanne, where she still resides.
 Thanks to her insatiable thirst for American and British action films and television dramas, her English is fluent.
 She attributes to her origins her ever-peaceful nature and her undying love for chocolate. She has a passion for art, which also includes an interest in drawing and acting.
 Russian Dolls is her first new-adult novel, and she’s hard at work on the next titles in the series.
twitter: @Cristelle
facebook:        /cristelle.comby

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