The Poison Profession – Book review

29th September 2019

The Poison Profession by Rachel Wright is, at least for me, a very contradictory book. I cannot say that I liked it and at the same time I cannot say that I dislike it also. It is a book about love and hope, and crime, and punishment, and so much more.

In The Poison Profession, a beautiful young woman Louisa Clayman turns out to be a famous assassin – Crail. She is not alone but evolves in the crime hierarchy, but has the full support of her brothers: Tom and Jack. Her fate and future though are going to surprise every reader as she meets the renown gamer Rickerd.

So far so good… The plot seems nice at the beginning and I have to confess that the idea behind the story is one of the things I like the most about the book. Rachel Wright manages to mingle crime, love, sex, hate, punishment and drama in one novel. Not only that but the author takes its readers on a journey around the world. While reading the book I get to see glimpses of so many different places. The writing is so nice, smooth and vivid that it literally transports the reader on every different place described in the book. One other good thing about this book is that the writing is almost without mistakes. There are some minor typos, but that is about everything.

Nevertheless, there are some things I did not like about the book. It is hard for me to explain them all without including some spoilers, but I will do my best. I already mentioned that the reader can find everything in The Poison Profession – crime, love, sex, hate, punishment and drama. The problem for me was that there is too much of everything, especially for one novel. Probably, if the different parts of the plot were divided into different books, then maybe, the reader would have had more time to acknowledge each stage of the characters’ development. As the story is now, it is hard for the reader to believe in fast passe with which everything is happening.

Having taken everything I have just wrote into consideration, it is really hard for me to rate this book. It is very hard for me to decide if I like it or if I hate it more. I took some time after reading the book before I sat down to write the review. My idea was to see if the book was going to leave a mark or that I would need to check with my notes. Loving or hating it did not matter The Poison Profession made a big impression on me.

The rating I am giving the novel is:
Idea: 4 out of 5
Story-line: 4 out of 5
Editing: 4 out of 5
Twist: 5 out of 5
Total = Willingness to read more by the same author: 4. That is only what the numbers say. I am not sure if the next book in the story is not going to be a little bit too much for me.


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