Publisher: The Story Plant
Buy the book: Book Depository
Source: I received an e-copy from the publisher
Rome: McCabe and Chip, two American exchange students, are about to become embroiled with a violent street gang, a beautiful Italian girl and a flawed kidnapping plan.Detroit: Sharon Vanelli's affair with Joey Palermo, a Mafia enforcer, is about to be discovered by her husband, Ray, a secret service agent.Brilliantly plotted and shot through with wry humour, All He Saw Was the Girl takes place as these two narratives converge in the backstreets of Italy's oldest city
Two months ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to Peter Leonard's storytelling with Voices of the Dead which I really enjoyed. So I was absolutely stoked to be able to read his next book All he saw was the Girl.
All he saw was the Girl switches between McGabe an american student in Italy for his study with his friend Chip who is a senator's son, Sharon, bored in her marriage, gets into an affair with Joey a mobster, who also gets some speaking time and Ray Sharon's husband who also happens to be a secret service agent. All these people that narate this story are so different from eachother, but fit together so perfectly.
That is also one of the strenght's of Peter Leonards writing his ability to give you unique characters. There is no 'been there done that' here.
Peter Leonard's storytelling is amazing. His characters are well developed, but the story itself is too. In All he saw was the Girl Peter Leonard also weaves two seemingly sifferent stories into one with a great plot. The story is fast paced the whole lenght of the book it doesn't slow down for a second which makes sure this a fast paced read and will keep you flipping the pages.
If you like a good thriller I can definitely recommend All he saw was the Girl and I for one am definitely going to check out Quiver and Thrust Me now.
My rating: 5/5
Peter Leonard’s debut novel, QUIVER, was published to international acclaim in 2008 (“A spectacular debut...you will be holding your breath until the final page.”– The New York Sun). It was followed by TRUST ME in 2009 (“TRUST ME is fast, sly and full of twists.” – Carl Hiaasen, New York Times bestselling author). The Story Plant will publish Leonard’s newest novel, ALL HE SAW WAS THE GIRL, in the spring of 2012.
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