The Troika Dolls

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Author: Miranda Darling
ISBN: 978-174-175-9150
RRP: $29.99

I am really not sure where to start with this one. I wouldn’t say it was an extremely hard read but it did require extra focus at times. Set in the freezing climates of Russia and Switzerland some of the descriptions will leave you feeling much warmer, even in the midst of our winter.

The Troika Dolls takes us out of our relatively safe and comfortable Australian lifestyle and plants us in a cold and corrupt Moscow. The story is well written and will get you involved and at times that extra focus will come in handy because the local language is used.

the troika dolls

Stevie Duveen is a strategic analyst for Hazard Limited, specialising in risk assessment and security details, who does not look the part. A petite, gorgeous woman who is often underestimated in her line of work but can also be overlooked by people searching for the security, which can be a blessing. Stevie is fluent in seven languages, a master of combat and has an uncanny instinct for where the danger will come from. Add to all of this the fact that she cares, sometimes a little too much, and you will see how Stevie became such a force to be reckoned with in her field. Underestimate her at your own risk.

Looking into a situation for a friend becomes something much darker and more dangerous as Stevie gets involved in the corrupt Russian underworld. Through Stevie’s eyes we see the terrible truths that lie in other cultures and the corruption in other governments. The terrifying world of sex slavery, people trafficking and other Russian mafia dealings open up to us as Stevie comes across them all in her search to save an innocent young girl kidnapped to force her fathers hand.

Amidst the snow and being always on the lookout for the next assassination attempt we work through Stevie’s broken heart with her. Learning about how she became so vulnerable and refuses to ever fall in love again. Watching as she is forced, by her own traitorous heart, to let someone in and feel for another man.

An intense and freezing journey through different landscapes, countries and lifestyles we follow Stevie in her race to save the life of an innocent young girl and keep herself alive. A fast paced and exciting read that will have you wondering how some things can be allowed to happen in the modern world. Not for those who like their ideal of a comfortable and safe middle class existence but well worth the time you will invest in it.

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