So-so with a drippy heroine and a thug for a hero,
This review is from: Hunter's Moon (Tales of the Sazi) (Kindle Edition)
Hmmm - the synopsis gives the impression that this is Sue's book - it isn't. It's Tony's - wholly narrated by him, with everything from his point of view, although we get some of Sue's thoughts. This makes for something different in a very crowded genre, and different is good, yes?
Well, to a point. Without giving much away that isn't in the synopsis, the authors have made their hero a mafioso hit man, raised by the mob from childhood. To their credit, having created a rough background for their man, they don't cop out and make him nice and warm and fuzzy underneath a tough exterior. He's a tough cookie, and isn't very nice. Towards the beginning when he's describing what he'll do, he says something along the lines of, if you want straight murder, that's fine, and if you want a bit of knocking around or rape beforehand, that'll cost you extra. See what I mean? I never really forgot that this was a man who'd rape for money, let alone kill for it.
But, that aside, this rolled along reasonably well, although there's some curious information dumps (example, how shoplifting security works, or how a boa kills it's prey - all jolly interesting but not terribly relevant to the overall story line), and the endless descriptions of how emotions smell got very tiresome.
Another Amazon reviewer describes this book as hilarious, something that I find totally mystifying - this is a book about a woman so browbeaten by her family she decides to end her life. Can't remember why she doesn't do it herself, but she hires (as you do) an assassin. He agrees, with caveats. For most of the book she's a spineless, weak woman, who accepts everything awful that comes her way by virtue of her association with Tony, and from her family - so I didn't really warm to her either! Her mother and sisters are caricatures, and I found their behaviour and attitudes unbelievable - says me, reviewing a book about a mafioso werewolf assassin, ;o)
Will I be buying more in the series? Probably not.