Monday, 13 August 2012

Review: Dark Eyes by William Richter

Title: Dark Eyes
Author: William Richter
Publisher: Puffin
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 978 0141342344

Rating: 5/5 with merits

The cover on this says it all; with a quote from Pittacus Lore stating this is “The toughest female vigilante since Lisbeth Salander”, something which I whole heartedly agree with.

Wallis is adopted at a young age by an American family and has lived a privileged life – until she decides at 16 to live on the streets and be rebellious.  A chance meeting means she blindly stumbles upon some information about her family which encourages her to find out more.

To start with I thought this was a run of the mill book.  I couldn’t have been more wrong.  Wallis is a tough edged girl; she’s very practical and hands on.  I liked her comradeship with her fellow street dwellers, and the fact that Wallis has become their leader and has standards and integrity is a good mix.

Dark Eyes has several surprising and shocking twists, along with loads of butt kicking action and an adrenaline pumping storyline.  It’s fast paced and violent from the start.  I sincerely hope there’s more from Wallis, and William Richter has jumped on my Authors to Read hitlist :)

Book synopsis:
Get ready for the vigilante girl detective of the next generation.

Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy
New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.

Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and shes just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She’ll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko—her darkeyed father—finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally’s mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wallys had her own killer training, and she's hungry for justice.

Source – A copy was received from the publisher in return for an honest review.

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