Dangerous to Know by Chloe Esposito
Publisher: Michael Joseph, Penguin
Publishing Date: 15th October 2020
Series: Dangerous to Know #3
Source: Received from the publisher, thank you!
Number of pages: 384
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Once, serial killer Alvie Knightly was living the dream.
An Italian getaway.
A hot new boyfriend . . .
How the mighty fall.
One year – and one very unfortunate incident – later, Alvie is homeless, surviving on meal deals, and counting her dwindling pennies.
It’s time for one last hit, and if anyone can pull it off – in six-inch heels – it’s Alvie.
But if she’s to succeed in her mission to avenge her ex, win back her money and secure her future, she’ll have to face her most terrifying enemy yet . . .
„Dangerous to Know“ follows the adventurs of Alvie, a female serial killer. Alvie had it all – money, handsome boyfriend, no worries. Until she didn’t have it any more, and it leaves her with just one more job to do. So she finds herself in London again, jobless and homeless again but with a plan turning her into Siobhan from Ireland, getting a job at The Savoy and immediately bumping into her target…
But also her past, her worst enemy, is haunting her all the time – what is going to happen with Alvie this time? How much chaos and how big the trail of destruction she’s leaving behind is going to bet his time? Because this embracing and rocking her inner killer puts her into thousand of dangerous but also hilarious situations…
I was incredibly excited to be able to be back in Alvie’s life. The book starts exactly where the last one ended and we accompany – again – our main character on her incredible and crazy journey full of champagne, cocktails, jewellery and death. So incredible and so crazy in fact that you have to roll your eyes but it is also the strongest point of this book, this „something“ that makes it so special and, like with the others, I totally and thoroughly enjoyed it.
As much as I wouldn’t advise to get on the wrong side of Alvie, I think that in „Dangerous to Know“ she slowed down a bit, she was not as free and careless as in the two previous books. She was still absolutely bonkers and if she wanted something, she got it, no matter what, but I had a feeling that there is something holding her back. Did she grow up? Was there this feeling of responsibility for her nephew hidden somewhere deep? Was it her past? As we are given the chance to learn a bit about her past, what has shaped her. I’m not sure, but something was there, something that kept Alvie back. Maybe the fact that Alvina was a softie deep, deep down, just like I predicted in my review of „Mad“??? Nevertheless, our Alvie, even if without moral code, is 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. She’s also 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, and you will be keeping your fingers crossed for her to land on her feet.
It is incredibly fast paced story, full of twists, turns and unexpected situations, book that took me by surprise all the time, a story kept me glued to the pages, as I so wanted to know what’s going to happen. 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. 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.
The end was for me, to be completely honest, a little too nice, too well rounded for Alvie’s book. I’m not sure what I have expected but probably for it to not to be soooo nice. But – it is gripping, it is thrilling, it is sexy, filthy and full of blood, dangerous, exciting and crazy, over – stepping the boundaries and I simply loved it. It’s a story that is really quite far – fetched but that’s the point, and still a breath of fresh air and let it surprise you – I can truly recommend the series to you.
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