CM . . .
. Volume XX Number 4. . . .September 27, 2013
The Goddaughter’s Revenge. (Rapid Reads).
Victoria, BC: Raven Books/Orca, 2013.
124 pp., pbk, pdf & epub, $9.95 (pbk.).
ISBN 978-1-4598-0487-6 (pbk.), ISBN 978-1-4598-0488-3 (pdf), ISBN 978-1-4598-0489-0 (epub).
Grades 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.
Review by Christina Pike.
Reviewed from Advance Reading Copy.
“Why isn’t Sammy here?” said Nico. He was leaning against the black-granite countertop, nursing an espresso.
“I thought we’d just keep this between the three of us for now,” I said cautiously. “Sammy has enough problems.” And if Sammy became a part of this, then his wife -Aunt Miriam- would know about what we were doing, and Miriam would tell Aunt Vera, and then Vince-well, you get the picture.
Besides, Sammy was working another angle. I wanted him to concentrate on that.
First I had to solve the immediate problem. Which was to get the freaking fakes back from my clients. Then I could plan revenge.
“So we’re all agreed,” I said. “We have to get all the fake stones back and replace them with real ones before anyone finds out.”
The Godddaughter’s Revenge is Campbell’s second novel having Gina Gallo as its main character. In this novel, Gina has just come back from a week’s vacation to discover that her cousin Carmine has switched out real gems with fake ones. Given her family ties, Gina is unable to go to the authorities and must find a way to switch back the gems without getting caught and before anyone realizes what has happened. Time is of the essence.
In this follow-up novel, Campbell has continued to develop the characters she first introduced to her readers in The Goddaughter. She has also intertwined a bit of comedy with the suspense and danger. Gallo’s family history added in the mix makes for a very good read. Once started, The Godddaughter’s Revenge is a novel that is very difficult to put down.
Christina Pike, is the principal of St. Paul’s Junior High in St. John’s, NL.
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