Lola by Melissa Scrivner Love marks the debut of an exciting new thriller voice. The author combines the genius and ferocity of Stieg Larsson’s Lisbeth Salander with the ruthless ambition of Walter White in Breaking Bad. When reviewing this title, it was impressive to see how Melissa’s thriller grips the reader till the very last page.
Lola plays hostess at a barbecue thrown by her boyfriend, Garcia, leader of the Crenshaw Six, a small but up-and-coming gang in South Central Los Angeles. Lola brings coffee and cookies to El Coleccionista. a mid-level member of the Mexican cartel, who is offering Garcia and his gang a chance to prove themselves to the cartel in hopes of gaining more corners and bigger business. What no one suspects is that Lola is the true leader of the Crenshaw Six and is far more dangerous than she seems.
The character of Lola is a refreshing one because in addition to being portrayed in the plot as hardened criminal mastermind, she is a vulnerable woman. There are many interesting elements within her character: As a fiercely ambitious woman who is utterly devoted to protecting her own, she has a complex mind and is unique compared to her peer gang members.
As the Crenshaw Six is plunged further into a world of high-stakes betrayal and brutal violence, Lola’s skills and leadership become their only hope of survival.
With a raw and yet moving story, Melissa Scrivner Love puts her screenwriting experience at display in this cinematic thriller.
It’s perhaps a bit difficult to believe that in real world, a male-dominated environment like narcotics sector accepts a woman as their leader. Having said that, the cinematic and realistic descriptions of the scenes is very close to what one might imagine the gang life to be.
We highly recommend this book to the fans of modern thrillers and narcotics-style stories.
Our Rating: 3.7
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