A groundbreaking YA thriller following a diplomat's daughter from New York to Europe's criminal underworld in search of her kidnapped father. The Cruelty is the first book from a groundbreaking new YA voice: an utterly compelling thriller. When Gwendolyn Bloom realizes that her father has been... read more kidnapped, she has to take matters into her own hands. She traces him from New York City across the dark underbelly of Europe, taking on a new identity to survive in a world of brutal criminal masterminds. As she slowly leaves behind her schoolgirl self, she realizes that she must learn the terrifying truth about herself. To overcome the cruelty she encounters, she must also embrace it.
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By Sharelle Scott
Gwendolyn has enough on her plate dealing with the snobs she goes to school with, the anniversary of her mother's (violent) death, and a Dad who works too hard. Then her dad goes "missing" while on assignment - and she learns his job includes a lot more than "diplomacy". Worse, his employers are hinting that he disappeared quite willingly. Unwilling to believe he'd just walk away and leave her, she is faced with a difficult choice: she can move to Texas and live a normal life with her maternal aunt - she\'s only seventeen, after all - or she can enter her father\'s world to try and find him, hopefully while he is still alive. What follows is a crash course in the world of espionage, and a desperate search across the criminal underworld of Europe, hoping to find the traffickers who kidnapped her father. This story has plenty of action to satisfy fans of thrillers, but the characters are what really sold this to me. Even the bad guys aren't nameless thugs. And at the heart of it all is Gwendolyn, and a question she has to face, again and again: how far is she willing to go to save her father, and where will she draw the line? Because it's a cruel world, and there's only one way for her to succeed.
By Sharelle Scott