Out of fear. Out of greed. Out of evil. Corruption springs from many roots.
Teenagers fall prey to a deadly new drug craze sweeping across Russia. Pharmaceuticals destined for Africa turn up on the backstreets of Moscow, St Petersburg and Vladivostok. Regulator Suzanne Jones and her sister, Charlie, fight to stop the pushers before more kids die.
But will their discoveries mean a friend goes to prison? And are they putting their loved ones in danger?
With old adversaries and surprising new allies, the Jones sisters face their toughest challenge to date. The heart-stopping final episode in the Suzanne Jones series of thrillers set in the sometimes murky world of international pharmaceuticals.
Corruption! Where do I start, I seem to have this habit of picking up books midway through a series and this one is no different.
Coming to this series this late I didn’t know who any of the character’s were and it took me sometime to distinguish “Suzanne” and “Charlie’s” voices. The story is mostly told from Charlie’s POV as her sister is away on her honeymoon.
I did like that part the way through the book we were treated to a flashback of how she met “Steve” her now husband. It did make me doubt Steve’s motives as I read through the book and half expected him to have Suzanne tied up somewhere and that he was part of it all but I was glad to learn that he was just a supporting character.
Charlie’s past intrigued me, and I was left wondering how much more I would have learnt if I had read the previous two books. She seems to have had an interesting life even before going into partnership with her sister. It was also nice that Charlie’s sexuality was just treated as the norm, yes her girlfriend was pregnant but it wasn’t anything special.
Who I did feel for though was Fran, I felt her pain of losing her husband and the election and wanting to run away and hide somewhere, where no one knew her past. Again, as I read to many of these types of books I was worried for her safety especially as Anton met her every day at the pool during her morning swim, I was glad that her relationship with him wasn’t sexualised and it was all kept behind closed doors.
It was nice that Anton family wasn’t westernised and the author kept close to the customs in Russia and what it means to be family. The close relationship Anton had with his family, the close brother-sister relationship and then the relationships Fran later formed.
It does not go unnoticed that author has done her research and knows her stuff about what goes on in the pharmaceutical industry. As I read I wasn’t left wondering how much of the novel was due to creative license as the scenes and the descriptions of how things were done and what goes on were believable.
My overall opinion of the books is that it seems to tie everything up that has gone on in previous books up in a nice little bow. I didn’t feel disadvantaged by this as I was still able to follow the novel I maybe just had to work a little bit harder to understand the back story.
I really enjoyed this book and will look out for more from this author.
I would like to thanks Rachel at rararesources and the Author Elizabeth Duice for my advance copy of this novel.
When Elizabeth Ducie had been working in the international pharmaceutical industry for nearly thirty years, she decided she’d like to take a break from technical writing—text books, articles and training modules—and write about some of her travel experiences instead. She took some courses in Creative Writing and discovered to her surprise that she was happier, and more successful, writing fiction than memoirs or life-writing.
In 2012, she gave up the day job, and started writing full-time. She has published three novels, three collections of short stories and a series of manuals on business skills for writers.
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