Latest Reads: Vicious Rumer Joshua Winning

Publication Date: April 2018 from Unbound

Source: Review Copy

Rumer Cross is cursed. Scraping by working for a dingy London detective agency, she lives in the shadow of her mother, a violent criminal dubbed the ‘Witch Assassin’ whose bloodthirsty rampage terrorised London for over a decade.

Raised by foster families who never understood her and terrified she could one day turn into her mother, Rumer has become detached and self-reliant. But when she’s targeted by a vicious mobster who believes she’s hiding an occult relic, she’s drawn into the very world she’s been fighting to avoid.

Hunted by assassins and haunted by her mother’s dark legacy, Rumer must also confront a terrible truth: that she’s cursed, because no matter what she does, everybody she’s ever grown close to has died screaming.

A new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed this rather dark, but bang on “Urban Fantasy come horror” tale from Joshua Winning – with a mad good main protagonist in Rumer who is highly engaging with an, erm, interesting past.

I loved the “horror movie” vibe the author brings to this horror thriller mash up – Rumer reminded me of one of those bad ass heroine’s running from the man with the axe in any number of 80’s horror films, as she attempts to extricate herself from a tangled web, in which the haunting presence of her serial killer mother hovers ever over her. Loving as I do a good cross genre read, this one hit a lot of marks.

Immersive writing, unpredictable plotting and a brutal sense of reality even though it is fantasy, Vicious Rumer was a great one sitting one afternoon read. I’d quite like more.


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