I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for Dangerous to Know by Chloé Esposito. Many thanks to Sriya Varadharajan at Penguin Michael Joseph for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
Once, serial killer Alvie Knightly was living the dream.
An Italian getaway.
A hot new boyfriend . . .
How the mighty fall.
One year – and one very unfortunate incident – later, Alvie is homeless, surviving on meal deals, and counting her dwindling pennies.
It’s time for one last hit, and if anyone can pull it off – in six-inch heels – it’s Alvie.
But if she’s to succeed in her mission to avenge her ex, win back her money and secure her future, she’ll have to face her most terrifying enemy yet . . .
I seem to have been waiting for a very VERY long time for the last book in this trilogy! Having adored Mad and Bad because of their over the top, tongue in cheek dark humour I couldn’t wait to see how Alvie’s story concluded…
I do think it’s impossible to get the most of this book without having read Mad and Bad first. Alvie is back in the UK and revenge is uppermost in her mind with a plan in place for her enemies demise. The best dressed serial killer who has knife skills to rival the worlds best sushi chefs is broke and homeless but, as usual, she manages to land on her feet and get closer to her goal. Be aware that this book will NOT follow the expected route and there is plenty of sexual content along the way as our heroine (antagonist?) likes to get her own way so there are plenty of shocks in store here. I’ve come to know and love Alvie throughout the previous books and her foul mouthed, self centred character demands attention once again here. We look into her past more this time and her upbringing makes her behaviour make sense every more this time. She is a product of her upbringing and when Alvie and Beth’s mother appears you can see exactly who is to blame for the characteristics she has developed-the mirror image twins are a perfect example of how the nature/nurture experiment unknowingly carried out by Mavis can turn out!
Dangerous to Know hit the spot for me with its darkly comical moments and a cast of thoroughly brilliant but mostly unlikable characters. I’m sad the trilogy has come to an end but I think the ending was perfect for all that had come before.
I can’t wait to see what Chloé Esposito comes up with next!
Chloé Esposito is from Cheltenham and now lives in London. She has a BA and MA in English from Oxford University, where her dissertation focused on 19th-century feminist writers. She has been a senior management consultant, an English teacher at two of the UK’s top private schools and a fashion stylist at Condé Nast. She is a graduate of the Faber Academy and is now writing full-time.