Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Review: "The Insider" Ava McCarthy

From the Publisher:

"Henrietta 'Harry' Martinez lost her investment banker father, Sal, at a young age. He taught her everything he knew about taking risks and calculating odds. But Sal made a bad gamble when he went into business with 'The Prophet', an anonymous trader who claims Harry owes him, now her father's jailed for fraud. It's twelve million euros. Or her life. With no money and little time, Harry must track down Sal's crooked partners and escape the people on her trail : journalists, police and hired killers. But Harry has her own skills, honed by her father, skills her enemies haven't anticipated. Now, from the London Stock Exchange to the casinos of the Bahamas, the chase is on. The stakes are high. And the bets are off!"

My Review:

I'll admit that I don't generally read thrillers; I'm far more likely to turn to fiction first. However, this book intrigued me and once I picked it up, I found it impossible to put down.

Enthralling from the very beginning, I spent the entire book trying to figure out who "The Prophet", the money-hungry killing machine who headed up an insider trading ring, was (I had a hunch, and it turned out to be right, but I was kept guessing until the very end!). Henrietta "Harry" Martinez was an entirely likable character; she was flawed meaning that I could relate to her. The ending was great as well, especially considering that Ava McCarthy left some loose ends untied. Nothing bothers me more than a thriller that manages to wrap everything up into a neat little package at the end. I enjoy books that keep me thinking beyond the last page. All in all, "The Insider" is worth picking up for an exciting spring read. Interested? Why don't you take a minute to browse inside the book now?

Thanks to Harper Collins Canada for the review copy!

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