Review published on July 7, 2018.
Jacqui Rose is one of the best thriller writers around today, she really knows how to grab the reader’s attention and keep them hooked throughout. I have read many of her books and have never been disappointed, she really knows how to write exciting thrillers. Taking us into the underworld where nothing is given, and plenty is taken, and where life is not as glamorous as it seems.
Bree Dwyer is stuck in an abusive marriage and with an overbearing mother-in-law who has an iron grip on her, her husband and her children. She knows what will happen to her if she tries to escape, all her life is spent stuck in a traveller’s caravan where she can be observed and punished at will. Her husband is a well-known traveller, drug importer and all-round psycho, best avoided at all costs.
Alfie Jennings and Vaugn were once well-known faces round Soho and the underworld in the South East, but they retired to Spain. They are back in Essex, skint and looking to take over another former face’s patch, and all his legitimate and illegitimate businesses. They need to raise the cash, and quickly, and do some things they thought they had left behind years ago.
They do a job, expecting cocaine and finding diamonds, and the world and his wife want those diamonds and they do not care who gets hurt in the process. The ‘owner’ of the diamonds will want them back, and sides with the Dwyer crew to get them back. Whatever happens, the big beasts are going to clash. Whoever walks away from this clash will be king of the underworld and those left behind will quite simply be dead.
While there is a large cast of characters, there are all the things that have made Jacqui Rose’s books so addictive. People who do not care who gets hurt, innocent family members getting hurt, wanton abuse and bodies dropping like flies in a trap.
Classic Rose material that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
Paul Diggett 5/5
Toxic by Jackie Rose
Avon 9780008287283 pbk Jul 2018