Reviewed by Zoe Lea
Ruthless sees a return of Annie Carter, a gutsy East End wild child that turned into a mafia queen of the London underworld. She’s done it all, lived the high life, owned a nightclub, a brothel and has become a mother. The novel opens in 1980, with Annie just getting the decree absolute from her marriage. She is officially divorced from her husband, Max, and ready to make a new life for herself and daughter. However, her new life consists of rival gang leaders, the Delaney twins, who tried to kill Annie ten years earlier before fleeing back to Ireland to escape the police. Annie thought they were dead, but nothing could be further from the truth.
The book alternates between London and Ireland within different time periods to show us exactly what events happened to lead up to the present day. Keane writes seamlessly between the two narratives and the plot is full of tension in both settings. It has many twists and turns and, as I hadn’t read any of the other Annie Cater novels, I don’t want to say too much about the plot here as I think it would spoil the first two books in the series for those who, like me, are new to Annie Carter.