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A feisty teenage girl on a James Bond style spy adventure – what’s there not to love?
on 3 June 2014
Code Red Lipstick is built on plenty of fast-paced action and a twisty plot that keeps the pages turning.
Schoolgirl and model, Jessica Cole is accustomed to helping out her ex-M16 father with his detective work, and all her skills certainly come in useful when she discovers him missing. Her search takes her to Paris where she discovers her father’s disappearance tied to the sinister secrets buried deep in the labs of a huge cosmetic company. When M16 take her under their wing, she soon discovers that deciding who she can trust isn’t going to be easy.
Heroine Jessica really made the book stand out for me. She’s gutsy and smart, resourceful even when chewing her nails, terrified. From the moment she uses one of her gadgets to rescue a younger kid from the school bully I knew I’d enjoy tagging along with her. There is a sweet taster of a love interest with her school crush, but Jessica isn’t reliant on any boy or man to get her out of trouble.
The story drives you along with Jessica, from one fix to another, building up to a thrilling stand-out rooftop scene which still gives me vertigo.
The high-tech spy gadgets Jessica gets to use are just awesome. I’m jealous. I can think of a few excellent uses for that compact…