I’m thrilled to be on the blog tour today for Don’t Get Involved written by F J Curlew
A missing shipment of cocaine.
Three street-kids fighting for their lives.
A Mafia hitman intent on killing them.
A naïve expat who gets in their way.
Who would you bet on?
Ukraine, 2001. A time of lawlessness and corruption.
Three street-kids stumble upon a holdall full of cocaine, belonging to the Mafia. Mafia hitman, Leonid, is given the job of retrieving the cocaine and disposing of the street-kids. To do so he is forced to step back into his old life and he doesn’t like it. The children run on their wits. Leonid hunts them down.
Nadia, a young woman with her own dark past, arrives in Ukraine looking for a fresh start. She wasn’t expecting this!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Fiona spent fifteen years working as an international school teacher, predominantly in Eastern Europe. Much of her inspiration comes from her travels. Her writing has been described as, “Human experience impacted upon by political situation, interwoven with
a love of nature.” She now lives on the East Coast of Scotland with Brockie the Springer, and Fingal the rescued Portuguese street-cat. Her days are divided between dog-walking in beautiful places and working on her stories. Not a bad life! Don’t Get Involved is her third book.
MY REVIEW: I would like to thank F J Curlew for allowing me the opportunity to read Don’t Get Involved as part of the blog tour. I can confirm that I chose to read Don’t Get Involved and all opinions in this review are my own and are completely unbiased.
Well now, THIS was a nice surprise, not what I was expecting at all … WOW, what a novel! To say I am blown away would be an understatement. From the very first page of Don’t Get Involved, I WAS involved and there was no way I was walking away, leaving or quitting.
In Don’t Get Involved, despite initially looking at a novel primarily based around serious crime, there is also a significant love story in the form of Nadia and Artem, which just sweeps you off your feet.
Nadia, who has recently moved to the Ukraine to see where life takes her after slipping from a dark past, quickly falls in love with Artem who is a native. Unfolding before our eyes is a beautiful courtship which leads us to the introduction of Artem’s grandfather, Bogdan from whom we learn a serious and precious story regarding the loss of his one true love during the Holocaust. This part of the book was just heart-breaking for me, it really clutched at my heart strings because behind it all I knew it was true, it happened, it was life for them back then, and it is just truly devastating.
However, against the backdrop of all of this, we also have the serious crime constantly developing and as the chapters of Don’t Get Involved jumps between the seasons, we follow Nadia as she involves herself in the lives of three street kids who are on the run from the mafia after stealing a bag of high end drugs. This part of the story matures very well, and despite Artem’s protests Nadia gets more than she ever could have bargained for. Throughout these chapters, my heart raced. I could see where Nadia was coming from befriending the three street kids, she was trying to be hopeful and helpful, and thought she was doing good for them, but when up against the mafia, and more so in a foreign country you know nothing about, you just know it isn’t going to unfold positively. The ending? Well, you will need to buy Don’t Get Involved to find out, I highly recommend it.
What you get with Don’t Get Involved is a novel with surprising action with each page turned, and unfolding on each of those pages is a story that feels like it has been written by an author well established for decades. I feel privileged having been asked to take part in the blog tour, and I highly recommend the read.
BLOG TOUR DETAILS:
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