Bad by Chloé Esposito
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publishing Date: 26th July 2018
Series: Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know # 2 (read my review of “Mad” here)
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 384
Genre: General Fiction (Adult)
Alvie Knightly is back . . . and she’s hungover.
When Alvie discovers that her hit man boyfriend has driven off with the Lamborghini and two million euros, she does what any heartbroken, deserted, amateur assassin would do – she drinks everything in the mini-bar and trashes her hotel room. And then she gets to work.
A perilous cat-and-mouse game takes the pair across Rome, leaving a trail of collateral damage in their wake. But as she wholeheartedly embraces her dark side Alvie will have to figure out if Nino is her nemesis . . . or the only man bad enough to handle her.
After reading “Mad”, the first novel in this trilogy, I was desperate to read “Bad”, and I am also impatiently waiting for “Dangerous to Know”. Theoretically, very theoretically, “Bad” can be read as a stand – alone as there is a little intro where Alvie briefly summarize what has happened during one week in the first book but guys, really, “Mad” is so bonkers that you would miss too much not reading it. And also I think that you’re going to get a totally different feeling of Alvie.
Alvie is back in “Bad”, and on the hunt for her lover Nino, who has left her not only without the illegally obtained millions, clothes, car in the hotel apartment but also with one challenge. So Alvie sets off on this cat and mouse chase, leaving behind a trail of destruction… Also, body of Beth is recovered, and some other bodies as well, so Alvie’s identity and safety might have dropped drastically. Will she manage to find Nino to get her revenge?
Alvie is Alvie, just take her or leave her. There is a very dangerous and dark side to her but also she shows more and more of this vulnerable side – I still think it is somewhere deep, deep inside her! This embracing and rocking her inner killer puts her into thousand of dangerous but also hilarious situations, especially – we must say that – she’s very accident prone, and if something is going to happen than you can be sure it’s going to happen to our Alvie. She’s in some ways mad and she must have seven lives like cats. She’s funny, she’s sharp and she knows what she wants, and when she wants something than there is nothing holding her back. She’s a real hot mess, a wrecking ball and whenever she appears, it ends with either death or confusion. Her inner monologues are so brilliant that I can’t put into words how brilliant they are.
As in the first book, the plot is absolutely crazy but the more impossible it looked like, the more hilarious it also was, and it is written in such a way that I couldn’t put the book down. In any other novel you’d roll your eyes and say yeah, right, whatever and stopped reading, but with Alvie and “Mad” it’s impossible – I was glued to the pages as I couldn’t wait to see what insane event is going to come after another insane event. I’m not sure how it works, but the more insane and far fetched it goes, the more believable it is – please bear with me.
Chloe Esposito’s writing style is absolutely brilliant. It’s sharp and fast – paced and she brings her characters and locations so easily to life. It’s entertaining and so very vivid. There is all the time something happening in this book yet you don’t feel overwhelmed or too over – stuffed with things. It’s full of dark humour and the scenarios she concocts are probably one of the best I have ever read. And be prepared, this book is going to take you on a real roller – coaster ride where nothing is like you suppose it to be! It’s a must – read, no matter if you’re on holidays or at home, just do yourself a favour and treat yourself to this book (books).
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