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The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom

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List Price: £7.99


Paperback: 448 Pages.

Published: 09 February 2017 by Walker Books

ISBN: 9781406372922

EAN: 9781406372922

The Cruelty is the first book from a groundbreaking new YA voice: an utterly compelling thriller.

When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been kidnapped, she has to take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. To overcome the cruelty she encounters, she must also embrace it.


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Totally Gripping

This is a young adult book but I have to say that, despite being a distance from the description young adult, I couldn't put it down. This is a book that is fast and furious from beginning to end. It should be noted that that a lot of adult themes are involved in this book  - drugs, rape, people trafficking, prostitution, murder, torture.......Although the language used throughout the book is not crude and includes only very light occasional swearing, the topics are quite adult and probably not suitable for the younger teenager.

Gwendolyn Bloom's Father goes missing. She gradually learns that he wasn't quite who she thought he was but with the tenacity of a loving child holds her belief in her Father from start to finish. Gwendolyn travels across Europe, mixing with people and worlds that she couldn't even begin to imagine, in her quest to find her Father. There are several twists and turns which make for captivating reading and I struggled to put this book down. One day someone is going to make it into an action film but I hope they preserve the innocent side to Gwendolyn which shows throughout the book.

I loved Gwendolyn. Yes, she does some slightly unbelieveable things but nothing which pushed the boundaries beyond what I was prepared to accept. This was a girl to had to grow up very fast yet at the end her childishness still showed through.

There are a lot of interesting characters throughout this book. Many women who are in vile circumstances yet still have ambitions and dreams. You just couldn't help feeling for these women even those who were bitter and hardened.

I really appreciated the fact that the author did not resort to a barrage of swearing thoughout this book. Many of the characters featured are those that you would expect it from but somehow the author just didn't need this.

This is a very well written book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Gwendolyn was a pleasing mix of a child with a cruel streak which made her stick to her cause through thick and thin. I am left wondering about what the future holds for Gwendolyn and her Father - what will life hold now?

I received a free copy of this book from the publishers.

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