Let me start off by saying, I absolutely loved this book! I knew by the blurb that I was going to love it, but I didn’t realise how much. I found the author’s style of writing flowed perfectly and the descriptive detail was so thorough and graphic, it scarily made me feel as if I was right in the centre of the whole thing.
I thought the look of the cover alone was captivating enough to entice the reader at first glance. The neon purple/pink lettering of the title against the darkness of the nightclub frontage, emphasised the shady underworld of what lay behind those front doors. Even the name and spelling of Bloq was completely unique, and in keeping with the Eastern European roots of some of the main characters, (taken from Eastern Block).
The book begins with a raw and crude burial of a young woman and we later find out the reasons behind this makeshift funeral and the connections to Bloq’s evil Albanian nightclub owner, Aleksander Gjebrea. Along the way we meet Bill, a father desperately searching for his missing daughter, Carol and Anna, an employee at Bloq, who is also trying to find her sister, Susie. Together they team up, forming a determined duo, desperate to expose the sordid truth and for justice to be done.
I did find it slightly difficult to read in parts, but blimey, what a brilliant book! At times my heart was beating so fast, I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough, desperate to find out what was going to happen next. I was constantly willing Bill and Anna to succeed in their dangerous ventures and I greatly admired the sheer determination of Bill, hoping that good would eventually triumph over evil.
This is one of those books where once you’ve finished reading, you find yourself thinking about it for some time after. Transported to the dark, seedy underbelly of a frightening world, you will not be disappointed with this thrilling and cleverly crafted crime thriller.
Gritty, gripping and compelling, I can’t recommend this book enough. It is by far one of the best books I have ever read and I’ll be making Alan Jones my ‘go to’ author in future.
5 out of 5 cappuccinos