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‘Trickster’ by Sam Michaels

Synopsis

Georgina Garrett was born to be ruthless and she’s about to earn her reputation.

As World War One is announced a baby girl is born. Little do people know that she’s going to grow up to rule the streets of Battersea.

From a family steeped in poverty the only way to survive is with street smarts.

With a father who steals for a living, a grandmother who’s a woman of the night and a mother long dead, Georgina was never in for an easy life. But after a tragic event left her father shaken he makes a decision that will change the course of all their lives – to raise Georgina as George, ensuring her safety but marking the start of her life of crime…

 

My Review

I read the synopsis for this book and it sounded like just my kind of read- a gritty, dark, mysterious tale about a world that fascinates me- the criminal underworld.  The synopsis brought to mind a similar sort of book to those written by Jessie Keane, Kimberley Chambers and Martina Cole.  I adore all three fantastic authors and so without further ado I dived straight in.  Wowzers, ‘Trickster’ is one hell of a read and I absolutely loved it but more about that in a bit.

I have to be honest and say that I did take to Georgina Garrett from the start.  I really felt for her because her mother dies shortly after giving birth to Georgina.  Her father is largely absent because he is off trying to earn a crust by illegal means, which I don’t condone.  Georgina’s upbringing is largely left to her grandmother, who has turned to prostitution to keep a roof over her head and a young girl who recently lost her own baby.  Georgina’s father does have some input into her upbringing but I can’t say that he is a positive influence as he takes her on the rob with him.  That doesn’t last for too long though- thankfully.  I felt for Georgina but I also admired her  guts and determination to not let anything or anybody hold her back or put her off.  Georgina turns into the sort of person that I wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley as she scares the doo doo out of me, but then I am a coward.  I also admired Georgina’s grandmother in the sense that she was willing to do whatever she could to keep a roof over her head and food on the table.

‘Trickster’ is one amazing book!!  As soon as I started to read, I was hooked.  I have a fascination for the criminal underworld and I particularly love to read books set during the First World War.  It’s easy to see why this book appealed to me on so many levels.  Reading ‘Trickster’ became a serious addiction and it was impossible to pry the book (okay Kindle) out of my hand.  I didn’t want to put the book down because I was so wrapped up in the story that I felt compelled (in a nice way) to read on and I had a nosy determination to discover how the story panned out.  I binge read the book over the course of a day but I was so focused on the book that I didn’t realise the speed with which either the time was passing or the pages were turning.  I genuinely didn’t want the story to end.

‘Trickster’ is brilliantly written.  For a debut novel, it is excellent.  In fact I had trouble believing that it was a debut novel because the writing style is so polished and so confident and speaks of a much more established author.  I hope that makes sense.  Sam has one of those writing styles that is easy to get used to and easy to get along with.  She certainly knows how to grab your attention from the start and how to draw you into the story.  Sam writes so realistically and uses such powerful descriptions that I felt as though I was part of the story myself.

In short, I absolutely loved reading ‘Trickster’ and I can’t wait to read the next instalment in the Georgina Garrett series.  Here’s hoping that we don’t have too long to wait.  I will definitely be first in the queue on release day.  I would definitely recommend this book and this author to other readers and particularly to those fans of Kimberley Chambers, Jessie Keane and Martina Cole.  Sam Michaels deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as those fabulous authors and I am sure that this book will be a runaway bestseller.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.