Book Review | Zenka

As I mentioned last week when I hosted a spotlight on Zenka earlier this year I read Brake Failure so when this book came out I was excited to get my hands on it. Before I let you know my thoughts here is what the book is about.


Ruthless, stubborn and loyal.

Zenka is a Hungarian pole-dancer with a dark past.

When cranky London mob boss, Jack Murray, saves her life she vows to become his guardian angel – whether he likes it or not. Happily, she now has easy access to pistols, knuckle-dusters and shotguns.

Jack learns he has a son, Nicholas, a community nurse with a heart of gold. Problem is, Nicholas is a wimp.

Zenka takes charge. Using her feminine wiles and gangland contacts, she aims to turn Nicholas into a son any self-respecting crime boss would be proud of. And she succeeds!

Nicholas transforms from pussycat to mad dog, falls in love with Zenka, and finds out where the bodies are buried – because he buries them. He’s learning fast that sometimes you have to kill, or be killed.

As his life becomes more terrifying, questions have to be asked:

How do you tell a crime boss you don’t want to be his son?

And is Zenka really who she says she is?


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This book is a bit of a rollercoaster. When reading the blurb I expected that it would be fairly action packed but I didn’t appreciate quite how much was going to happen. There were so many twists and turns and things that jumped out of nowhere just to take you by surprise, this certainly is not a book where you will find yourself thinking oh I think I know what will happen next.

I’m not going to say much about the storyline, the blurb gives you the gist of it and I think this is a book that you just need to read to get its impact but it was really interesting, full of fantastical scenarios that keep you on the edge of your seat.

We get to hear from a few characters point of view, mostly though through Nicholas, Zenka and Trevor, Jack’s business partner. It was great to get to know the different sides of the story this way but what really stood out for me was Zenka’s letters. I especially liked her ever more elaborate ways of getting revenge on someone who had wronged her in the past. It was also nice to get a feel for her voice and character without it just being through the observations of the other characters.

I also enjoyed getting to see Nicholas’s transformation, how he gets tougher and starts to spiral out of control a little, but in the end he knows what he wants and he finds the strength to go after it.

My only criticism would be that I would have liked to have had more Zenka in the book, she is feisty and stubborn and makes for such an entertaining character but I thought at points she played too much of a background role.

This book definitely took me by surprise, I am glad that Ms. Brodie keeps finding new ways to grab my attention and I am looking forward to the next book that I get to read.



Alison Brodie is a Scot, with French Huguenot ancestors on her mother’s side.

Alison Brodie is an international best-selling author. Her books having been published in hardback and paperback by Hodder & Stoughton (UK), Heyne (Germany) and Unieboek (Holland).

Alison has now gone “indie”. Here are some editorial reviews for her recent books:

BRAKE FAILURE: “Masterpiece of humor” –Midwest Book Review

THE DOUBLE: “Proof of her genius in writing fiction” -San Francisco Book Review.

ZENKA will be releasing on 6 Nov, 2017.

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Reviews for other Alison Brodie Books

Brake Failure


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