4.6.15

Book Review: The Girl Who Wouldn't Die by Marnie Riches

HE'S WATCHING HER. SHE DOESN'T KNOW IT YET.
When a bomb explodes at the University of Amsterdam, aspiring criminologist Georgina McKenzie is asked by the police to help flush out the killer.
But the bomb is part of a much bigger, more sinister plot that will have the entire city quaking in fear.
And the killer has a very special part for George to play...
A thrilling race against time with a heroine you'll be rooting for, this book will keep you up all night!

Publisher: Maze
Pages: 326

I haven't read a lot of 'Euro Crime' but I think that Marnie Riches is definitely a new talent to look our for in this genre.
George McKenzie is on an exchange programme from Cambridge University when a bomb blows up the library at the university in Amsterdam where she is studying. The police, Detective Van Den Bergen in particular asks for George's help to find the killer. As a student of criminology she is fascinated by the case but as she delves further it becomes clear that the killer intended George to become involved from the very beginning.
The Girl Who Wouldn't Die packs a real punch; the pace is fast and the story lines gritty and realistic. I did like George's character, not that she's perfect but there's enough to like in order to find her believable. The relationship between her and Van Den Bergen is really interesting. You can feel the connection between the two characters but you do wander what each of them wants from the other one?
Marnie Riches does not shy away from the gory details; she very much tells it like it is. I did enjoy the occasional humorous parts of the book; they didn't feel forced and they took the edge off the tension occasionally.
I believe that there are two more books to follo
w this one; we learn a lot about George McKenzie in the first instalment but I would say there is much more about her that we don't know yet.
I thought Marnie Riches kept the momentum up throughout the book. There were a couple of occasions when I thought I had it all worked out, only to have my theory quashed by some new development in the plot. If you are looking for a refreshing read in this genre then check out Marnie Riches, I'm already excited about her next one.

Many thanks to the author for allowing me to review this book via Netgalley.

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