Book Review Russian Dolls

FrontCoverTitle: Russian Dolls

Author: Cristelle Comby

Genre: Mystery and Suspense

Rating: 8/10

Purchase: Amazon

Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?

Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say.

Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.

As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.

Alexandra’s best friend committed suicide by jumping off the university’s building. At least that’s what the police believe. But Alexandra isn’t convinced that Irina killed herself. And when she finds a list of named in Irina’s bedroom, she’s even less certain.

The names turn out to be specific towns in Russia. With the help of her history professor, professor Egan, Alexandra begins putting together the various pieces of the mystery. Did Irina really kill herself, or is something more sinister going on? And if so, what’s Alexandra’s role in all this, now she knows of the names?

I liked professor Egan. He’s bitter and cynical due to his blindness, but this gave him an original edge. Alexandra was a lot less original. She’s your average, plain student who gets tossed into the mystery unwillingly. She had some potential as a character, but doesn’t really shine.

Russian Dolls had plenty of mystery and suspense to keep me at the edge of my seat. It was repetitive at times, but the plot was intriguing enough for me to overlook this flaw.

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