TITLE: The Delivery Girl
AUTHOR: Tony McAndrew
RELEASE DATE: May 28th, 2015
PUBLISHER: Wild Wolf Publishing
FORMAT: Paperback & ebook
SOURCE: complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review
"Tough, uncompromising and yet also enchanting and deeply moving."
In a run down burnt out city, if you need drugs, money, a gun, nine year old Anna Ramanova is The Delivery Girl. Foreign, precociously bright, abused by all around her she is the one all the other children hate. Hers is a world of casual brutality, gangsters and goons, drugs and booze, prostitutes and paedophiles, where the ugly sisters of self-harm and suicide wait to show her the only road out of a miserable existence. That is until a grotesque but strangely endearing old hunchback enters her life. As impeccably gracious as he is ruthlessly violent, deliverance, it seems, comes in many forms.
'The Delivery Girl' is one of those books that is hard to read but addictive at the same time. Anna's life is a mix of horror and suffering. An abusive step-father, a couple of bullies at school, awful step-brothers and being part of a drug scheme is not the best scenario for a nine-year-old girl. We witness a tormented soul who contemplates suicide at a really young age until a mysterious figure comes into the picture.
Reading this book was difficult, and worst knowing that this kind of stuff happens in the real world. Anna is sweet and somehow innocent despite her surroundings and wakes up in the reader emotions and feelings that shake your body.
The writer created a solid and believable world where cruelty is as normal as breathing. The writing is really good and the characters are well built. The action is non-stop and the rhythm is intense.