- Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle
Rating: * * * * *
Series: #3 Blood For Blood Trilogy
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: 5th Jan 2017
Please note this review contains spoilers for the previous book in the series, Inferno.
A blood war rages on the streets of Chicago.
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?
The third and final instalment in the explosive YA Blood for Blood series which started with Vendetta and Inferno.
I’ve always thought that the novels in this series are like action films, with their high stakes, fast pace, snappy dialogue and vivid descriptions. Mafiosa makes for a truly blockbuster finale. It was everything I wanted and more! The best series get better and better with each book, and this trilogy has certainly done that. Mafiosa is Catherine Doyle’s best book yet.
One of the best aspects of the novel is its unpredictability. There’s constant, palpable tension between the two rival mafia clans – the Marinos and the Falcones – and their hatred and vengeance know no bounds. You can never guess what is going to happen next: there are countless surprises, twists and turns, especially the one at the end of Part III. This meant I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough and I read the book in one sitting. From the minute it arrived in the post, I was glued to the pages (and before that I was eagerly waiting by the front door for it to come!).
I loved, as always, the scenes between Millie and Sophie. They have such a wonderful, warm, loyal and equal friendship, and the dialogue between them is both hilarious and heart-warming. I particularly liked their brainstorming and banter about high school dance themes.
As well as Millie and Sophie, the novel is full of other fantastic characters and awesome character development. I really liked witnessing a more light-hearted side to Valentino, seeing more of Gino, learning more of Elena and Donata’s story, and hearing more about Luca’s hopes and dreams.
Mafiosa is a real emotional rollercoaster, as all the best books are. I grieved with Sophie for her mother. I laughed with her at Millie’s jokes. I feared for her whenever she was in imminent danger (which was most of the book). I swooned with her whenever Luca was around! I also felt emotional throughout the whole book as it’s the last in the trilogy, and this is the kind of series that you wish would never end!
What a riveting, unpredictable and satisfying end to a truly original and thrilling series. I cannot wait to read whatever Catherine Doyle writes next.