Callie Lewis, AKA Calista Constantinou, once a young thief and hustler, she became a ruthless businesswoman; pulling her firm up from the gutter of the criminal world and into the equally dirty domain of legitimate business. Now self-exiled on a small Greek Island, Callie lives a relatively simple and happy life, yet is haunted by her grief, loneliness and guilt that caused her to flee London forever.
Eddie Melane, formerly South London’s most notorious thief, funny, handsome and dangerous: a local hero. Settling down with the wrong woman and going straight were only the start of his problems. Then with a tragic event leaving him badly scarred, lonely and a broken man, Eddie now counts the days until he can escape his miserable life.
Renos Markides fled Cyprus as a boy when the Turkish invaded and arrived in London with nothing. A complex character, brutal and revered; he is now North London’s biggest villain. Known to be fair, Renos commands absolute loyalty from his men and operates on the principle of an ‘Eye for an Eye’.
Three People fighting their own personal demons and trapped in lives they never wanted are brought together by fate and murder. Whilst on their quest for vengeance they will confront the past that fate has dealt them, as well as dark secrets and the heartache of long forgotten love. Together they will redefine the very meaning of revenge, in THE HAT.
THE HAT is a British crime novel: a story of revenge, love and loss. The novel is split between life in a quiet, peaceful Greek village on an anonymous island and the completely contrasting dangerous streets of South London. The many vivid and varied characters of THE HAT take the reader on a gripping and absorbing journey spanning over 40 years and ending with a carefully cultivated climax that completely turns the concept of the revenge novel on its head.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I just need to say first that this book is a massive read with just over 700 pages. The story to begin with seemed quite complex with so many characters to remember but the further that I went into the book the more I could place who was who and why there needed to be so many of them. Then bang, all the characters slotted into the right places in my mind and I just couldn’t stop reading. What an epic story, I mean talk about an eye for an eye, it was literally a hand for a hand a life for a life and vengeance for even more vengeance.
This isn’t a story about gang rivalry this is a story of tragedy in epic proportions. It is feelings and love and never being able to move on because sometimes the loss of someone you love and the circumstances that they die are just too much. Vengeance is not sweet here, vengeance is a downward spiral of how to make the people who caused the hurt even more pain and each time it increases finally to the point of frenzy.
Of course it doesn’t happen that quick. This story is set over forty years. I got to know the families that were involved, the good and the bad, the selfish and the broken. The story of The Hat and the importance of it. The Hat, although an innate object, held centre stage for this story. It spoke volumes for something that couldn’t speak. It changed all their lives and ended so many.
When I finished the book I was like, darn that was clever. Just love it when a plan comes together! Now there are two more books which follow on, big ones too so I will read them soon. Georgie Logan is a wicked lady for gangster stories, she has wowed me and I can’t wait to see where it is all going to go next.
HERE ARE ALL THE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES