Sam Riley leaves the army disillusioned and lonely, but alive, and finds work as a bouncer at an Essex nightclub. After defusing a particularly nasty situation, Sam is employed as a personal security guard for Monica, wife of local gangster Benny, and their young son, Brando. Seduced by glamorous, manipulative Monica, Sam is persuaded to help Benny find his way to a shallow woodland grave.
But even as Sam and partner Joe leave the crime scene, the plan takes an unforeseen twist, and everything begins to unravel; Monica disappears, leaving Sam to babysit Brando, while every Essex villain lines up to take over Benny’s empire.
One killing follows another as Monica desperately clings to power, and Sam is forced to confront the ghosts of a traumatic youth in order to protect Brando from a similar fate.
I need to start this by saying a great big thank you to Tomas & Mercer and Netgalley for an ARC of this book. I'm so glad I read it.
This book started off brilliantly, Lesley Welsh is a new author for me, and one I will certainly be watching out for.
Right from the first few chapters we had action, and a few OMG moments. one of which I had to go back a few pages and re read to check I had read it right.
Brilliant opening. Grips you and drag's you right into the story line, leaving you wanting more, and needing to read on.
Monica I decided early on was a cow, and she really got on my nerves, But Sam was just a brilliant character, A character I was rooting for, one that you just want everything to turn out good for them. I liked how Sam was left to baby sit Brando, Monica's son. And I liked the cheeky little shit, even though you didn't want to, to start with.
Sam wasn't babysitting through choice, it just so happened that Sam ended up the only person home and had no choice but to look out for him, and as he starts out a proper little stuck up his own arse child, you soon see another side to him, when he is with Sam it's like he's just a normal child, and some of his protective walls come down. He turned into one of my favourite characters.
Having a mother like Monica raising you would be enough to make any child turn into a brat.
But I loved how we got to see another side of him.I just so didn't want this book to end. I could have read about Sam, and the other characters forever. I loved following them on one hell of a journey. There just seemed to be something going on at every turn, at one point I thought ok, well that concludes the story, when off it went again. Absolutely brilliantly written, with more twists than a bloody twister.
An amazing book and well worth reading. But I really was gutted when it ended.
Certainly an author to watch out for.
About the Author
Lesley Welsh was born in Strawberry Field children’s home and raised on a notorious Liverpool council estate. Later she moved to London, where she studied English and drama and worked as a freelance writer specialising in alternative lifestyles. Her articles appeared in Cosmopolitan, Marie Clare, Red, Bite, Forum, Time Out and many others before she established Moondance Media, a magazine publishing company. Her dark and compelling short story Mrs Webster’s Obsession was turned into a film. She now lives and works in Spain.