Never Say Sorry by Rose Edmunds

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    This is a conspiracy theory thriller with a difference. When an elderly research scientist threatens to expose the fact that a pharmaceutical company suppressed a cure for cancer years ago, all manner of skeletons start rattling in cupboards all over the world.

    Has Big Pharma really suppressed a miracle cure for cancer?

    Feisty journalist Claudia is doubtful until her source is brutally murdered and his papers go missing.

    Hugo’s career in Corporate Finance hangs by a thread. A cancer cure conspiracy would scupper the deal he’s working on, but he can’t ignore the facts.

    After meeting by chance, the unlikely pair embark on a search for the truth that takes them from London to New Jersey to Rio.

    But dark forces are conspiring against them. Plunged into a world of mysterious hedge funds, secret insider trading and unexplained killings, can Hugo and Claudia stay ahead? Can they even stay alive?

    Review by Geoffrey West:

    Rose Edmunds
    Rose Edmunds

    This is a conspiracy theory thriller with a difference. When an elderly research scientist threatens to expose the fact that a pharmaceutical company suppressed a cure for cancer years ago, all manner of skeletons start rattling in cupboards all over the world.

    The key protagonists are sexy sassy and decidedly feisty young journalist Claudia Knight (let’s hope we see more of her in future novels) and posh boy handsome Hugo, who has faults aplenty, but is essentially lovable, hopeless in some ways, but underneath his inadequate exterior is someone who is decent, resourceful, kind and who has integrity.

    This unlikely pair, working both alone and together, begin to unravel the mystery, that spreads in all kinds of unexpected directions, in London, New York and Brazil.

    I don’t know much about big business, hedge funds, takeover bids and so on, but Ms Edmonds obviously does, and she introduces facets of high stakes business arrangements and dirty deals with pizzazz and style. So that takeover bids, venture capital and ‘due diligence’ research and other such things are explained in a no nonsense, unobtrusive interesting way, so that you’re never ever bored and always informed with crystal clarity.

    Be ready for a dark devious plot with lots of twists and surprises, several murders and a attractive hero and heroine who plunge into and out of many difficult scrapes.

    Going into more details might spoil the story, so it’s easiest just to say that if you enjoy cleverly crafted conspiracy mystery thrillers, with lots of thrills and surprises, this is for you. The protagonists are attractive, flawed in many ways, but unlike in some thrillers, you care about them and you really want them to succeed. It’s an easy read, accessible and thoroughly enjoyable. I hear that Ms Edmonds’s is writing a second novel and I cannot wait to read it.

    Review by Terry Tyler:

    I was pretty impressed with this; the plot is very well put together, with few of the traits so often to be found in a debut novel. I was interested in the subject matter anyway, ie, a conspiracy to prevent the widespread knowledge about a cure for cancer, much of which I am sure goes on. It was obvious that Ms Edmunds is well versed in the ways of the high-flying financial world, too. The whole story was very convincing.

    A clever plot is nothing without great characters, of course, and although I found some of them a little one dimensional, one of the two main characters, Hugo, a reluctant and atypical city boy, was marvelously portrayed, and carried the whole book, making it more than just a thriller. He was very likable and I found myself pleased when I got to more ‘Hugo bits’.

    If you like stories with plenty going on and no superfluous detail, especially those about the world of high finance, I’d say this should be right up your street. Well done, Ms Edmunds!