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Good idea, but quickly became unlikely,
This review is from: Black Widow (Paperback)
Never judge a book by its cover, goes the old saying. How right that is. The blurb on the back looked good. Annie's husband and child are snatched away in a split second. A missing child - the hook is in straight away, but unfortunately the rest of the story did not live up to the promise. This woman, wife of a powerful gangland boss, has to find a huge ransom or her little girl will be returned to her in pieces. The kidnappers allow her considerable time to raise the money, jolly decent of them really, considering they have a very small child to keep concealed. Which they did with amazing ease just by keeping her drugged although none of them had any idea of how much sedative they should administer. It seems you can keep a small child sedated for weeks on end without causing damage - who'd have thought that?
Annie didn't actually appear to do anything to raise the ransom money, in fact one of the first things she did was to close down what seemed to be the only things in her husband's empire that were making any money, his nightclubs. And that was because she didn't like the direction the clubs were going. I'd have thought she would have more pressing matters to attend to, but that's just me. Unbelievably, she even managed to go for a shopping day out with her friend, putting the whole difficult business out of her mind for a few hours. There was one possible solution offered by a local mafia boss but Annie didn't want to accept that - I guess there are limits to what you would do in order to save your child's life.
Other aspects of the story were completely untouched - for example, there must have been a great amount of blood left behind in the swimming pool. Surely the police must have been informed? They didn't come around asking awkward questions, though.
The story just didn't ring true and was littered with four-letter swear words, much of them unnecessary. Yes, if you are speaking with the voice of one of your characters but otherwise? Not needed, just tacky shock tactics. I found myself skimming through it after a few chapters. I wanted to know the fate of the little girl but to get to that point was dull, dull, dull.