Sunday, January 12, 2014

A Tricky Game by Seraphima Bogomolova Review & Giveaway

In Russia, an aluminum magnate, Kazimir Stankevitch, enters into an unwritten agreement with Angela Moreaux, an enigmatic and seductively attractive woman that he secretly desires. Later that night, as she returns home from a nightclub, a shot is fired at her. At the same time, in the Ritz, her unsuspecting associate has a meeting with an elderly Swiss gentleman, Jacques Moreaux, who delivers to him a mysterious letter signed by Angela. In a game of genuine intents, secret longings and seconds agendas, the seemingly unconnected yet mysteriously intertwined events unfold on the pages of this compelling psychological novella. As the stakes in the game go higher, the young woman finds herself confronted with life choices that will challenge her on unexpected levels.

I love reading psychological thrillers so I was excited to get my hands on A Tricky Game by Seraphima Bogomolova.  It's only a little over a hundred pages, so I knew it was going to be a quick read, I just wasn't sure how she was going to accomplish everything in such a short amount of space.

It took a bit to get used to the writing, but once I did, it was a compelling read.  I didn't connect with the main protagonist, Angela and I think it's because she is over confident in her situation.  Not a bad thing, just somewhat unexpected when you're getting shot at.

The characters are very diverse and the plot pivots and turns in a refreshing way that kept me highly intrigued.  I think I loved the ending the best, though.  I will definitely be picking up Bogomolova's work again, I thought the premise was fantastic and the story woven very intricately, yet captivating.  I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Through the crowd of clubbers and dancing strippers, she walks toward him. Approaching, she stops, her eyes fastened on his profile. Instantaneously sensing her presence, the man turns round. Her hand extended to him, he grabs it and, parting his lips, impresses them on it, leaving a flaming trail on her skin. She pulls it away. He looks up.   "Are you playing with me?”   “I think you enjoy being played with."  "It depends."  "On what?"  "On the game."  She sits down. His eyes on her mouth, he watches her light up a cigarillo, her lips encircled around its chocolate tip. She draws on it, releasing a blow of smoke. Motioning at a waitress, he orders a bottle of Krug. Champagne's poured into their glasses, he raises his glass.   "To our agreement."  "As you wish."  "Do you think it really matters what I wish?"  "It depends."  "On what?"  "On your wish."

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1 comment:

  1. I loved reading your review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on A Tricky Game by Seraphima Bogomolova.


The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest, his front feet well apart, his head on one side, and thought about things. Sometimes he thought sadly to himself, "Why?" and sometimes he thought, "Wherefore?" and sometimes he thought, "Inasmuch as which?" and sometimes he didn't quite know what he was thinking about.

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