The Girl Who Had No Fear (George McKenzie) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2018/5/3
PRAISE FOR MARNIE RICHES
‘Fast-paced, enthralling and heartrending; I couldn’t put it down’ C. L. Taylor
‘A name to watch!’ BARRY FORSHAW
‘A strong, edgy debut that deserves to do well’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
Marnie Riches grew up on a rough estate in Manchester, aptly within sight of the dreaming spires of Strangeways prison. Able to speak five different languages, she gained a Masters degree in Modern & Medieval Dutch and German from Cambridge University. She has been a punk, a trainee rock star, a pretend artist, a property developer and professional fundraiser. In her spare time, she likes to run, mainly to offset the wine and fine food she consumes with great enthusiasm.
- 出版社 : AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd; Digital original ePub版 (2018/5/3)
- 発売日 : 2018/5/3
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 384ページ
- ISBN-10 : 000827147X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0008271473
- 寸法 : 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 907,231位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
As per the previous books in the series, The Girl Who Had No Fear is a high octane thriller of a read. I know that Marnie Riches really pushes herself when she writes and that fast pace comes across through the story, but it's never to the detriment of the plot or the characters. Although this could be read as a standalone there is a nod back to book one, so to me, it would make more sense to read the whole series. A fantastic read!
Obviously the series must be read in order. To read this as a standalone would probably be a tad confusing. We have followed George, through her progression to qualified Criminologist and her adventures in Amsterdam and the UK over #thegirlwho series. We know rather a lot about her working class background, her family situation and why she is no longer known as Ella. At the end of The Girl Who Walked in the Shadows, George’s rather flaky mother disappeared. We now see George back at University, with her mother still out of the picture. George has been receiving strange emails from someone purporting to be her father. George’s father has not been in her life, since she was a small child. George is called back to Amsterdam by her boyfriend, Van den Bergen to help out on a tricky series of deaths involving class A drugs. Soon George is off gallivanting around the world chasing answers to the drugs problem, with gangsters on her tail and peril around every corner.
I LOVED LOVED LOVED The Girl Who Had No Fear. Marnie Riches has created this wonderful character in George and this amazing dark world she inhabits. Only George would get herself into the most dangerous and life threatening situations with gangsters and drugs barons; dealing with them in a unique, kickass and totally awesome way. No one goes undercover like our George. It was poignant to see her vulnerable emotionally and going on a nightmarish journey. She shows such courage, in the face of evil. Riches ups the ante and gives us one hell of a ride.
Those of you who have not met George, you need to sort it out NOW. Read #thegirlwho series and find out why we all love it so much… The Girl Who Had No Fear was exactly what I needed to lose myself in, on a cold winter’s day. Highly recommended.
If you enjoyed Steig Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series then this this series is for you. While lighter weight, and without the technology bits, George McKenzie is a heroine straight out of the Lisbeth Salander school of kick-ass crime fighting but with a PhD, stick-on tattoos and South London sassiness. But if you are going to give George a try, I'd advise you not to start here, go back to the beginning and it'll all be a lot clearer by the time you get to book 4. And while you are catching-up, I'm off to book 5, the Girl Who Got Revenge, I can't enough George McKenzie.
Welcome back George McKenzie.
The 4th in the series and things just keep going from better to better.
Long ago Marnie Riches’ character George McKenzie was called “the new Lisbeth Salander”, well that’s no longer fair. This series of books is every bit as good, if not better than Stig Larsson’s Millennium Series; and Doctor George McKenzie is very much out on her own as a character.
The start of this book see’s George back in the UK carrying out research into violent criminals in a maximum security prison. She’s also still worrying about her mother’s disappearance and wondering about the mystery that is her father.
Meanwhile, in Holland, her partner, Police Investigator Paul van den Bergen, is on the track of a murderer in Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, in Central America, a drugs lord-come arms smuggler, come people trafficker, is causing chaos which as far reaching effects.
All this might sound confusing but it’s not. If you haven’t read any of the previous books in the series you could still read this as a stand-alone, but why would you want to miss the first three.
The story progresses with George returning to Holland to help Paul investigate a series of sudden deaths which seem to be linked with drugs and the Gay Scene in and around Amsterdam.
The investigation takes the pair to Central America and back to Europe. On route there are encounters with drugs cartels and bands of violent armed female gangs.
All of which lead to a shocking end, no spoilers but you will not be disappointed.
As usual with Marnie Riches books the gangs and the locations have been well researched. The story-lines are believable as are the characters.
This story takes the reader from drug fuelled sex parties in Amsterdam, to the jungles of Central America, to the Caribbean, and back to Europe.
The only advice I’d give the reader is, keep your eyes on the dates at the beginning of every chapter, I didn’t and ended up having to go back and check.
At well over 300 pages you might think this book will take a while to read. It won’t. Once you start you will have difficulty putting it down.
The action in this book is as fast-paced as ever. It starts with gay men taking crystal meth and ending up dead in the canals of Amsterdam then shifts to the jungles of central America, where George's adversary has a habit of feeding anyone who annoys him to crocodiles, thus his nickname El Crocodilo. The tension ramps up to almost unbearable levels so you have to finish the last 50 pages in one sitting. It's totally moreish.
Locations and atmospheres are brilliantly conjured, dialogue is smart and authentic, and it's gorgeously written. Whatever you do, don't miss this punchy, nail-biting story.