REVIEW: Cold Fury by TM Goeglein
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure
Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance–until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).
Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It’s a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies–a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense–hidden in its pages the secret to “ultimate power.” It’s why she’s being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.
Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sara Jane Rispoli has just turned 16 years old. While she has the normal worries that teenage girls have–getting people to join her club at school, going to the dance with a cute guy–she also discovers that she has much bigger issues to worry about. Sara Jane’s parents and little brother have disappeared, ans she discovers that their disappearance is connected to the existence of a certain notebook. This notebook contains all of the family’s secrets about the biggest thing they were hiding–the Rispoli family has been a vital part of the Chicago mafia, called the Outfit.
Now Sara Jane is on the run with the notebook, a gun, and some cash in a briefcase. As she delves deeper into the notebook, she discovers many things that can help her while she’s trying to stay safe and find her parents. She just needs to learn who she can trust…and that is basically only herself.
I really loved this book! I’ve always been a big fan of mafia and spy stories (Burn Notice is one of my fave shows), and Cold Fury has a great mix of action with just the slightest touch of the supernatural.
Sara Jane is such a great heroine, and narrator. She never tries to be the hero, she just does what needs to be done. What I loved about her what that she has such a strong, independent personality, but we still see touches of her vulnerability at times, and that makes the reader remember that no matter how badass she seems, she is still a teenage girl.
I especially enjoyed the rich backstory that the author gives about the Outfit and their history in Chicago. The fact that this story is rooted in factual events makes it that much cooler to me. I really want to go to Chicago and look for Capone doors now!
The second half of the book went by in a flash. There were twists that I definitely didn’t expect. I also feel that Sara Jane grew so much throughout the course of the book. I loved everything about this book, and I will definitely be joining Sara Jane on the next part of her journey!
Thank you to Around the World ARC Tours for allowing me to review this book.