Review: Disobey by Jacqui Rose

Friday 13 March 2015
Title: Disobey
Author: Jacqui Rose
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: 12th March 2015
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780007503650
Source: NetGalley
Rating: 4.5/5
Purchase: Amazon
Bad things are going down in Soho. Someone’s going to have to pay the price…

Alfie Jenkins breaks a lot of rules. When he sets up an illegal casino in Soho there’s bad will all round and soon Alfie and those closest to him become embroiled in an all-out war with a dangerous gang.

Unfortunately this gang is a deadly enemy to have. When Alfie’s teenage niece Chloe is kidnapped and there are rumours she’s been enslaved in a sex gang it becomes a terrifying race against time to save her. Will Alfie be able to right wrongs, build bridges and protect his family, whatever the cost?

How is this Jacqui Rose's sixth book? It doesn't seem five minutes since I read Taken, yet here we are. Two books a year from one of your favourite authors is a real treat indeed, especially when the quality of those reads only ever seems to increase. I did wonder just what Jacqui would do with Disobey to set it apart from her other books, whilst still retaining that addictive and authentic quality that keeps readers returning to her books.

What I have always enjoyed about Jacqui's books is that they exist within the same world, some books featuring characters from previous books in passing or in a bigger role. In Disobey all those faces are back, having a meeting in Lola's cafe when the Triads storm the place, lives are in danger and there's a battle brewing for control of Soho. Once again Alfie Jennings can't take no for an answer, and his greed and rash decisions once again find not only him, but those close to him in mortal danger. Alfie Jennings, more EastEnders' Alfie Moon most of the time, but he has enjoyed some success as a face but is once again letting greed cloud his judgement, setting up an illegal casino in one of his clubs after he was warned by the Triads not to.

Jacqui Rose has never failed to come up with some truly despicable villains, and she always delivers with those brutal scenes of violence that almost make you want to look away but it's impossible to do so. The leader of the Triads is a particularly evil individual. Usually with just having a couple of main characters and then the villains, it becomes pretty obvious that the book will end with the main characters being victorious, with having all of Jacqui's previous characters in the one book, coming together to take on the Triads and save their little part of Soho, I was actually wondering who would come out on top especially with a couple of jaw dropping moments throughout. With plenty of twists along the way, and with a fast-moving plot, this is a book most readers will struggle to put down.

You could say things end a little too nicely, but the book's conclusion was definitely a satisfying one, and reminded me just how much I love these characters that Jacqui has created. I highly recommend Disobey and think returning readers will definitely enjoy and appreciate it. Those new to Jacqui's work I would suggest going back and reading the previous books, yet I suppose this could be read and enjoyed as a standalone but it would be more enjoyable knowing the characters and the history they all share beforehand. Jacqui Rose continues to be one of my favourite authors, and I can't wait to see what she brings us next.


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