Saturday, 15 March 2014

Review: The Cruelty by S. Bergstrom #TheCruelty

When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.


This was a stunning debut by a truly talented author, who I have no doubt will fast become a household name for his gritty suspense thrillers.

An intriguing story of lies and espionage, it begs the question, just how far are you willing to go for a loved one? In Gwen's case, I hardly think she was prepared for the intense and dark rollercoaster ride through the underbelly of Europe, but once she was immersed in the depths of hell, she did what ever needed to be done to make it out alive. This showed immense growth in her character, and I was extremely proud of her. 

Not that Gwen was a wilting wallflower before finding herself fighting for her life, with blood on her hands, in  a war against some of the seediest characters known to man. She was feisty, but I hardly think the Gwen at the end of this book would have allowed the Astrid Foogles of this world to treat her they way they did in the beginning. 

This book was a shocking reality - a fictional tale showcasing the truths of this world. It was hard-hitting, action-packed, and sucked me in from the first page, never letting go. Inteligently plotted and written, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Thrilling from start to finish. A definite MUST READ! 


Scott Bergstrom is a writer and traveler fascinated by the darker, unloved corners of the world's great cities. His books and articles on architecture and urbanism have been widely published both in the United States and Europe. The Cruelty is his first novel. 

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