Cruel Sister by David Conway. Review by Gillian Jackson
Cruel Sister is a fast paced novel which carries the reader into another world entirely, (unless you are a multi millionaire,) giving complete escapism in jet setting grand style! The story follows twenty three year old Niamh Ryan, the daughter of a business tycoon who proves to have inherited her father's genius for empire building. Niamh is a very likeable heroine for whom life is not always easy as she suffers betrayal from those around her, not least from the cruel sister of the title, definitely one of those characters we love to hate! Readers are drawn into the plot, willing Niamh to succeed in both love and business.
David Conway uses some of the most glamorous places in the world as a backdrop to his novel, beautifully describing locations as varied as Chamonix and Venice, New York and Derbyshire in England, London and Edinburgh. The descriptions of each so vivid I felt I knew the very hotels and houses the protagonist entered. As the story moves around the globe, the reader becomes compelled to keep reading, willing Niamh to be successful.
If you love your escapism to be glamorous and fast paced with elements of intrigue and romance, then this is a book for you!