imageRoy Courtenay might be knocking on but he’s got one last con in him. Or maybe even two, he likes the sense of victory he gets from it. Even though these days its just lonely old widows he’s conning out of their nest eggs rather than the complicated, high stakes cons of old. He thinks they deserve it they’ve been complacent all their lives, never lived on the edge like him.
But Betty is elegant, she was an academic in her day – could she be the lady that finally changes everything for him?
This is Nicholas Searle’s first novel and it is a cracker! We meet the oh-so-charming Roy just as he is about to meet Betty, and the chronicling of their relationship is punctuated by flashbacks of Roy’s past misadventures. Is Roy really just a trying to survive, or is he a selfish old sod, or something much worse.
This tale has a few delicious twist but it keeps you wondering if it is a story of revenge or redemption until the last few pages.
The authors handling of characterisation is both deft and intricate, Roy is a study in charcoal and shading, the light shining out of the spaces left blank. Whereas Betty is a watercolour, the subtle beauty catches the eye and draws it over the surface until you stand back and see her depths.
I loved this book, I had a really hard time putting it down and I thoroughly recommend you pick it up!
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I was reading before I started school and I have no plans to stop now! I usually have at least two books on the go at once, one non-fiction and one fiction. I like reading books based in reality that flick open the doors to the mysteries of the heart or of the spirit.

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