Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom - Review!

Happy Thursday!

Welcome to my stop at The Cruelty blog tour! This tour is organized by JKS Communications and by the author Scott Bergstrom. My stop includes a review of the book and some information about the book and the author.

Let's start with the review!

Title: The Cruelty
Author: Scott Bergstrom
Publisher: NuCodex Publishing
Publishing date: 26th of February 2014
Genre: YA/NA, Thriller
Pages: 322 pages
Source: From the JKS Communications in exchange for an honest review.


When her diplomat father is kidnapped and the U.S. Government is unable to help, 17 year-old Gwendolyn Bloom sets off across the sordid underbelly of Europe to rescue him. Following the only lead she has—the name of a Palestinian informer living in France—she plunges into a brutal world of arms smuggling and human trafficking. As she journeys from the slums of Paris, to the nightclubs of Berlin, to the heart of the most feared crime family in Prague, Gwendolyn discovers that to survive in this new world she must become every bit as cruel as the men she’s hunting.

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My review:

I love reading thrillers, especially when they are dark, well-plotted and with interesting characters! It's like adding some bite and spice to my usual reading habits.

The Cruelty by Scott Bergstrom gave me exactly what I want from the thriller. I was amazed that The Cruelty is actually his debut novel and that can only mean one thing - he is very talented writer and I will definitely keep an eye on his upcoming novels.


Gwendolyn Bloom, a 17-years old girl is raised by her father. Her mother died and her father is everything Gwendolyn knows and has. When Gwendolyn hears that his father, who works at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, is kidnapped, she does the only thing she finds reasonable - finding her dad no matter what it takes.

Her search takes her to different European cities, Paris, Berlin and Prague to name the most important ones. Her search is far from the usual visits to these cities. You will not see the beautiful scenery and pictures of them. What you will see is the darkest corners of them: abandoned prisons, nightclubs and other not-so-well-known-and-creepy places.

I have to admit, that I have travelled a lot and visited the mentioned cities and what Gwendolyn experiences and sees, is very far from the safe and secure parts where a 17-years old should be visiting, but the descriptions and scenes seem so freaking real on the locations, so it seems, that the author has seen the places with his own eyes, because the places he took the reader were incredibly real. This was one of the things I loved about this book! The use of the language was great because it made the ugly into beautifully written scenes. It also shows that the world today can be a very scary place. And it is.

The plot kind of shocked me. In a good way, if I may add. First, it was filled with the unexpected and I did not see what was coming until it already hit me and left me wondering - what the heck just happened?! Second, I had doubts if a 17-years old is capable of doing what Gwendolyn did. What I mean is, that how many young girls do you know who would just grab her passport and rush to the unknown while knowing that it's not going to be a walk in the park? Gwendolyn knew that her father had a job which could be very dangerous and life threatening and still she stormed off to save her father. This was a part which left me conflicted.  With that said, I forgot her age while reading because both the plot and her character were compelling, they just sucked me in. The conflict appeared AFTER I finished reading and started thinking about it. But that's the beauty of the literature, it's fiction and when the fiction is good and well-written, the age of the main character is not as important as the story itself.


Gwendolyn was extremely mature and independent for her age. She makes decisions quicker than most of the adults I know, so I was quite impressed. It's probably because I like women who don't hesitate and who at the same time think before they act. I also liked, that she was not your typical heroine, being outgoing and outspoken. Gwendolyn was shy in her very unique way, because there is a lot going on in her mind. She is smart and bold in a quiet way and when she grows up, she will be a woman to admire: strong and a force to be taken into consideration.


The Cruelty is a very good book and I highly recommend it! It's definitely for thriller lovers and people who enjoy good writing!

5 Flowers!

5 stars!


Scott Bergstrom is a writer and traveler fascinated by the darker, unloved corners of the world's great cities. His books and articles on architecture and urbanism have been widely published both in the United States and Europe. The Cruelty is his first novel.

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