The 'Same Face Different Place' series is an ambitious saga spanning some 40 years in total. At its heart is an ongoing feud in which the principal character, Eleanor, and her family and friends continue their battle with elements of London's criminal underworld who have dogged their every step for decades. 'Retribution: Phase One' is the fourth book in the series and, in my opinion the best so far. The fact that I had read the previous books in the series meant I was immediately familiar with the main characters and was therefore able to get right into the book almost immediately.
I tend to lose interest in very long books, but I have to say that this one (580 pages in the print version - although I read the Kindle version) held my attention right to the end - I read the whole thing in just 4 days.
The technical aspects of the writing are not perfect - there are a few issues with grammar and punctuation, and the author tends to over-use italics and exclamation marks, but these issues are less prevalent now than in her earlier books - it's great to see her evolution and development as a writer over the course of this series. The plot and the story are so strong that I just have to overlook these minor gripes and give this book 5 stars.
I highly recommend the book, which could be read standalone (since there are numerous snippets of the backstory introduced throughout the book) but I would suggest that, to fully appreciate it, you should read the earlier books first, in their correct sequence.
As for me - I'm just about to start on the fifth and final book in the series. I can't wait to see how the saga concludes.
Wow again Helen! The ongoing story of Eleanor and her family gradually coming to a brilliant climax.....The writing and the different characters are superb. Just cannot wait for the last book in the series. Highly Recommended .