Devious, ruthless, and loyal.
Zenka is a capricious Hungarian with a dark past.
When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knives and shotguns.
Jack discovers he has a son, Nicholas, a male nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.
Zenka takes charges. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she will make Nicholas into the sort of son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!
Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.
As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:
How do you tell a mob boss you don’t want to be his son?
And is Zenka really who she says she is?
When I read the description for Zenka I had a feeling this was a book I was going to enjoy. I didn’t realise though just how much I would enjoy it and it certainly wasn’t what I was expecting.
Hungarian Zenka is rescued and her life saved from a terrible gang by London gangster Jack Murray, she then vows to be his guardian angel and I have to say I immediately took to Zenka. Straight away you see she’s gutsy and has balls but she also has a heart of gold. Jack is Zenka’s hero and also a father figure to her and she will do anything for him, Jack has a soft spot for Zenka and even though he’s a tough London gangster, Zenka is able to wrap him round her little finger and get away with a lot more than she should.
When Jack finds out he has a son he’s over the moon, but Jack and Nicholas are completely different. Jack is a tough nut, he has no fear and has a reputation for taking lives, Nicholas is a male nurse working with the elderly. He’s got a heart of gold and is basically a bit of a wimp. Not the typical gangsters son. This is where Zenka steps in and decides to make a man out of Nicholas.
As I said earlier this book wasn’t what I was expecting. I was expecting a gritty crime thriller and it was a very pleasant surprise to find the added humour, a touch of romance and so many twists and turns, I never had an inkling to where the story was going.
Alison Brodie has written a story that is filled with characters that come to life, it was very easy to picture each one in my mind. The story flows so well and with each page I turned I found myself more and more absorbed and intrigued in the story and I really didn’t want it to end. I’m sure my family thought I was crazy or crazier as I often found myself laughing out loud and I absolutely loved the humour in this story.
Zenka really is a fantastic read, it had me on the edge of my seat at times and is filled with black humour, a touch of romance and added mystery. this really was an all-rounder and a story I think many would enjoy even if they are not a big fan of this genre.
It’s a definite recommend by It’s all about the books.
Alison Brodie is a Scot with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.
Alison has lived all over the world, including Kansas City, Athens and Basque country.
Her first novel – “Face to Face” – was published by Hodder & Stoughton and became Good Housekeeping’s Pick of the Paperbacks.
Alison has now gone Indie!
“Brake Failure” has 28 five-star reviews from professional book bloggers + “Masterpiece of humor” -Midwest Book Review
“ZENKA” is releasing 6 November, 2017.