Author- Annie Hauxwell
Release Date- 22nd of May 2013
Publisher- Penguin Books Australia
Review copy provided by publisher.
Blurb- London is in the grip of a stifling heatwave. The parched city has slowed to a claustrophobic shuffle and there's no end in sight. Heroin-addicted investigator Catherine Berlin suffers while working the nadir of investigations: matrimonial.
The city's junkies are in the grip of a drought of a different kind. A strung-out ghost from Berlin's past turns up on her doorstep: Sonja Kvist's daughter is missing. Despite Berlin's reluctance, Sonja reminds her of an old debt and Berlin agrees to search for the ten year old.
Berlin is back. Soon the hunter becomes the hunted – corrupt detectives are on Berlin's tail chasing drugs she doesn't have, a young girl is murdered and the matrimonial case unravels. The temperature keeps rising.
A Bitter Taste is fast-paced, addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge.
5 Sassy Books!
Review- Dark, quirky, intriguing and dangerous. Annie Hauxwell has created such an interesting and original crime story that had my mind going a million miles a minute.
We do follow a number of people throughout the book who intertwine with each other in some sort of way, however the main character, "Berlin", does take up the majority of the story. The heroin addict goes on one hectic, fast-paced journey in the search for and old "friends'" daughter, "Princess", but comes across numerous hiccups along the way, finding herself in trouble in more ways than one.
True to the description, A Bitter Taste really is an "addictive crime spiked with grit and grunge". I loved the non-stop crazy storyline that was a total guessing game until the very end. Life and death situations and intense scenes made me anxious and excited at the same time and Hauxwell didn't hold back on the itty-gritty descriptions either. The characters had depth and were believable and even though most of them carried a darkness, I loved them!
It was easy to become invested in the story and that's largely because of Hauxwell's ability to create an addictive story that is easy to read. She is one crazy talented author who has a knack for writing dark, individual and original stories. I have read nothing like it before! This is a good thing.
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