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‘The Grifter’ by Ali Gunn & Sean Campbell

The Grifter by [Sean Campbell, Ali Gunn]

Synopsis

One will rise. The other will fall.

Kent Bancroft’s rise to fame and fortune was nothing short of meteoric. Once a simple teacher in London’s East End, he’s now on course to become Britain’s youngest billionaire.

But his success has come on the back of those he’s trodden upon to get there. Among them is a man whose fall was as swift as Kent’s rise. He used to be a sparky, honest and hard-working. Now, he’s homeless, drunk, and down one leg.

And he blames Kent for everything.

Forget forgiveness. Forget turning the other cheek. And forget waiting for karma.

This is a victim who won’t stand idly by.

He wants revenge.

And he’s going to get it.

Kent Bancroft will never see him coming.

My Review

I have a little confession to make.  Although I have books written by both authors, I haven’t actually read one…..until now that is.  I was invited to take part in the blog tour for their first collaborative book called ‘The Grifter’.  I thought that I wouldn’t get a better opportunity to acquaint myself with their work.  Having enjoyed reading ‘The Grifter’ as much as I did, I am now rather ticked off at myself that I left it this long to discover how flipping fantastic both authors are.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Grifter’ but more about that in a bit.

It didn’t take me long at all to get into ‘The Grifter’.  In fact by the time I had finished reading the synopsis, I knew that I had a treat in store.  So without further ado, I dived straight in.  After a while, it was obvious that I had become addicted to the story and that I was finding it increasingly difficult to put the book down for any length of time.  I was intrigued by the characters and to see in which direction the story was going to go in.  I had to keep reading and the pages turned over that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves.  I managed to finish the book in a day which is good going for me.  I found ‘The Grifter’ to be a gripping read, which kept me on my toes and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout.

‘The Grifter’ is well written.  The authors certainly know how to grab the reader’s attention and reel them in like a fisherman reels in a catch.  For me, the story hits the ground running and maintains a fairly fast pace throughout.   The story is written with certain chapters focusing on Kent, who is on the way to becoming a billionaire and James, who is one of many that Kent trampled on to get where he is today.  I was silently cheering James on in his efforts to get his revenge.  Reading ‘The Grifter’ felt like being on an at times scary and unpredictable rollercoaster ride with many twists and turns along the way.  I felt as though I was part of the story and at the heart of the action, which is thanks to the very vivid and realistic storytelling from both authors.

In short, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ‘The Grifter’ and I would recommend it to other readers.  I will certainly be reading more from both authors in the future.  The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.

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