The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Gwendolyn may not have enjoyed her boring life, but when her father disappears she does not believe the U.S. Government that he defected to another country. She believes he was kidnapped and decides to undertake the monumental task of traveling across Europe and infiltrates various groups in Paris, Berlin and even Prague. As Gwendolyn becomes a part of the underground world of gambling, smuggling and human trafficking, she must reevaluate how far she is willing to go to find and hopefully rescue her father. Is there a line she won’t cross? Will she discover the truth about her father?
The Cruelty is the first book in a new series with the same name. Bergstrom’s portrayal of these various illegal operations appears to be believable, at least to someone who has never experienced them. Gwendolyn is a weak and timid girl at the start of the book and by the end readers will find a strong and amazing woman. The Cruelty is a good adventure with a strong female protagonist. There is a definite ending to this volume, but readers are left hanging with a need for the next installment.
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