Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Publication date: January 5, 2017
Genre: Crime, contemporary
Protected by an infamous mafia family, Sophie is living a dangerous lie, pretending to lead a normal life. But the deceit can’t last for ever. Her heart belongs to a killer and Sophie’s the prime target of a rival clan. She’s determined to seek revenge on her mother’s murderers, but can she pay the price – can she be a mafiosa?
Hearts will be broken. Blood debts will be paid . . .
In three words: heated, climatic, brilliant! The ending of Inferno made my mind race with possibilities, what would Sophie have to do to protect herself from the Marino’s? Would she have to marry into the Falcone family to truly earn their trust and protection—what the Falcone’s decided was much more thrilling. Mafiosa is undoubtedly the most exhilarating book in the Blood for Blood series. Sophie must live a lie day after day, pretending she lives a normal life: going to school, attending dances and hanging out with her best friend, Millie. It’s when Sophie goes home that she must face her new reality: training with a hot-headed assassin so she can avenge her mother. Can Sophie really be a mafiosa?
With blood oats and burning cars, it’s apparent in the opening chapters that no one is safe. Felice’s temperament and questionable humour is a constant challenge for everyone living at Evelina. Even though he relished putting Sophie and Luca in unfavourable situations: “Do you, Persephone, in fact, love Gianluca or will you remain loyal to our beloved Nicoli”. It is when Felice begins to unravel late one night that his loyalty is truly questioned, particularly by Sophie.
The ending held no mercy for the Marino’s or the Falcone’s. Sophie proved she could be fearless, without losing herself in the midst of everything. Luca, carrying more burden than he ever expected by stepping up to familial responsibilities, gave up any hope of a different life. However, Sophie fulfilling her promise to the Falcone’s now wants a Falcone to make a promise to her: “I would go into the darkness with you, but you won’t come into the light with me”. She was never going to go down without a fight.
With each book, Doyle becomes a better author, a daring writer and a more compelling story-teller. There were occasions when I would reread paragraphs because the vivid and descriptive language blew me away. With hot-headed assassins, blood oaths, forbidden romance and feuding mafia families, what’s not to like?