‘An exhilarating read’ – SFX
‘Introduces a truly badass heroine to the world of YA’ – Book Riot
Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.
Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.
Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
There is only one thing worse than trying to live up to the expectations of a parent and that is trying to live down who they were. Rumer tries but fails to keep her head down, she knows who she is and when people hunt her down then she has to protect herself, so people get hurt or killed. Her mother was top of the league in the criminal world and had dumped her as a baby.
Trouble always found Rumer and it was going to get worse. She had tried to make good and worked in a detective agency but continually being tracked down was wearing thin. There had to be more to what was going on.
This is one gruesome and horrific read. It is brutal and menacing, fully of action and one extraordinary and unique storyline like I haven’t read before. If you can handle the detailed descriptions of the vicious kind then you are in for one hell of a brilliant read. The book isn’t that long either and I found that at the pace I was turning the pages it was going to be a one sitting read.
I can’t say that I was too keen on Rumer to begin with, cause I can see where people thought she had her mum in her, but as the story sped along she grew on me. Boy there are pages of twisted people, one with a specific goal, the ultimate prize of all.
I wish to thank Joshua Winning for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Joshua Winning is an author and film journalist who writes for TOTAL FILM, SFX, GAY TIMES and RADIO TIMES. He has been on set with Kermit the Frog, devoured breakfast with zombies on The Walking Dead, and sat on the Iron Throne while visiting the Game Of Thrones set in Dublin. Jeff Goldblum once told him he looks a bit like Paul Bettany.
In 2018, Joshua’s YA thriller VICIOUS RUMER was published by Unbound. His dark fantasy series THE SENTINEL TRILOGY was published by Peridot Press, and he also co-wrote ’80s teen horror CAMP CARNAGE. In 2015, Joshua’s short story DEAD AIR appeared in SPEAK MY LANGUAGE: AN ANTHOLOGY OF GAY FICTION.