Mystery/Thriller

Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Hannah Webridge is a single mother and freelance journalist who makes ends meet by writing whatever articles she can get. So when a national newspaper wants her to write about the notorious red light district in Kings Cross, she jumps into action. Hannah interviews a prostitute who goes by the name Princess, as well as a police inspector, Tom Jordan. She gathers all of the information, writes her article, and sends it off to the newspaper, considering her task to be done. Hannah could never have predicted that Princess would arrive on her doorstep later on, viciously beaten and with no place to go. Hannah allows her to stay with her, but by doing so, she is drawn further into a world of deceit and violence. Multiple sex workers have been found dead and now Hannah is being threatened by forces that are much more powerful than she could ever imagine. Will she be able to expose the truth and stay alive? Or will her desire for justice lead to her ruin?

This book was a short and quick read but I did not enjoy even a minute of it. The story was not suspenseful at all; everything was easy to predict. I did not particularly like any of the characters – none of them seemed fully developed and Hannah, who is the main character in the story, is obsessed with her child to the point where I just want to throw the book away. I mean, how much can I keep reading about her sweet baby Elizabeth and her newfound motherhood joy?! The only character that I was intrigued by was Princess, and even then, her character was not given the development it so desperately needed. With a plot that was superficial and boring and a slew of characters I couldn’t care about, this book was definitely not worth reading for me.

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