by Tara Moss
Mak Vanderwall - a beautiful, street-smart daughter of a cop, graduate in forensic psychology, and now PI - is hired by a frantic, widowed mother to track down her missing nineteen-year-old son.
Is it really possible that he has run off with a shady and bizarre troupe of French cabaret artistes? Has the dark beauty and magic of the burlesque beguiled him? Or has he been seduced by the mysterious and amoral older woman, who has a terrifying starring role in the troupe's modern performances of the Grand Guignol 'Theatre of Fear'? And what of the rumours of violence and tragedy that has plagued the troupe for the last ten years?
Are these stories of their horrifying past fact or fiction? Meanwhile, Mak is increasingly obsessed with the powerful and ruthless Cavanagh family. And it seems their security advisor Mr White and his hitman, Luther Hand, may not have forgotten about her either.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/09/2010
- Category: Thriller / suspense
- ISBN: 9781843582816
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Review by littleton_pace
This book started out well, as have Tara's previously Mak novels. The case is interesting and sends Mak on an exciting chase through Australian and international cities. I had issue, however, with the end where the book seems to take a completely different turn as though it's a new story all together.The case for Mak, her main storyline and all she is seen working for in the book as a PI, is locating a young man named Adam for his mother and bringing him home. We read from Mak's POV as she tries to locate him and from Adam's POV as he strives for a different life. And then in one sentence after Mak locates him, Adam decides to go home. There is no conversation between him and Mak, no explanation, no nothing. They're just in an airport and she's heading home, which starts the new 'story'. Hitman Luther has Mak in his sights and locates her, ties her up and keeps her in a cellar. It doesn't really make sense. This man is shown to have no remorse or really take issue with those he kills. He slips into a hotel room in the middle of the night, shoots a couple in the head, and then goes on his way. His sudden need to keep Mak alive when he was just hired to kill her doesn't make sense, there's been no foreshadowing to it. Mak ends up having sex with him to distract him so she can escape; a plotline that I take extreme annoyance with. Women are able to get themselves out of situations without having sex, but the fact that Mak is a former model and constantly struggling with being beautiful in a world of ugliness seems to want to justify why she has sex with her captor. It may be the worst in the Mak series, in my opinion, but it was at least better than Tara's cringe-worthy attempt at supernatural writing in The Blood Countess.