A late one, I do apologise! Huge thanks to Sarah and the Bookouture team for inviting me to take part in Alex Callister’s blog tour today, and for the ARC! Here is me review of ‘Winter Dark’ for the first day of the tour. Enjoy!
A girl with wide brown eyes looks into the camera. Below her picture, a clock ticks down. Cold traces the back of my neck, pricks my hairline. I will find you, I whisper.
It has been ten years since Winter – a headstrong loner with a broken past – was pulled off a mountain by special forces with the aim of turning her into the Secret Service’s most effective field agent.
Now, she has just two weeks to bring down the head of a formidable criminal organisation, Alek Konstantin, before an innocent girl is murdered by a twisted killer in front of an online audience of millions.
Going deep undercover disguised as a paid assassin – alias Snow White – Winter’s aim is to infiltrate Konstantin’s inner circle. Calculating, charismatic and totally in control, he holds the girl’s fate in his hands. But every time Winter gets close to him, he melts away.
He’s like a shadow, and yet he knows things about Winter – dark secrets she’s never told anyone. Who is he, and how can she reach him in time to save the girl?
Then Winter finds the body of a man from her past, stuffed in a dumpster with a bullet through his forehead, and things begin to fall into place. But with the girl’s death growing closer with every tick of the clock, and Winter’s protective shell starting to crack, does she have what it takes to bring down Konstantin before the clock hits zero?
What does TWG think?
Ahhh, Snow White – a mysterious princess who has people at her fingertips should the huntsman ever arrive…..a bit like Winter actually!!!
‘Winter Dark’ pushes the boundaries of the genre to the limit, throwing erotica into the mix like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Well, it is for some people and I guess Winter is one of those!
The spy element to this storyline was so addictive! I honestly felt as though I was part of a high speed, highly guarded and severely criminal, chase. I was in my element! There were the couple of things which didn’t really fit the bill for me, and the main one was the feeling of something missing. At times the storyline felt like it was an addition to an already created serial, thus making me feel as though I had come into the middle of it all half way. I couldnt help but be a little confused sometimes because of that, and the sense that I had missed something was evident throughout the entire book.
‘Winter Dark’ is a very, very fast paced novel which takes the reader here, there and everywhere in a matter of seconds. Personally, I loved the thrill and the fact that the author kept throwing in surprises just made me even more excited by the premise.
There is a lot of sexual references in the book, so if you’re not a fan of reading books which describe sexual desires and actions graphically, then this one probably wouldn’t be for you. The storyline isnt full of it, however when they appear, they certainly make themselves known! Good for learning something new though….if you’re into that sort of thing!!
I surprised myself by how much I ended up liking this book! Not because of the way it was written, but because of the uniqueness of the storyline and how the jaw dropping, boundary pushing moments were showcased. I loved how it was written, especially as the author managed to keep me on my toes until the very end!
‘Winter Dark’ may be a sexually charged, graphic and criminal novel, however it is also an extremely addictive, thrilling, moreish novel that really has piqued my interest for me. I cannot wait to read more from Alex Callister after reading this, that’s for sure!!!