Review: The Santangelos by Jackie Collins

The Blurb

A vicious hit, a vengeful enemy, a drug addled Colombian club owner and a sex crazed Italian family… the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all.

Meanwhile Max – her teenage daughter – is becoming the “It” girl in Europe’s modeling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable, with her husband Lennie by her side, she lives up to the family motto – Never fuck with a Santangelo.

Lucky rules… the Santangelos always come out on top.

The Santangelos is an epic family saga filled with love, lust, revenge and passion.

The Review

On Saturday the 19th of September I picked up my very first Jackie Collins book. The Santangelos was sent to me by Book in the City for review and since I had never read anything by Jackie Collins before (believing that she wrote all those sexy books that I had never had any interest in reading) I decided to give her writing a whirl. I woke up the following morning to the news that she had sadly died after suffering from cancer.

What can I say about my first dip into the literary world of Jackie Collins? Well sitting here writing this review is a convert. I bloody loved The Santangelos.

It is such a shame that it is the last in the series because it has inspired me to buy the rest and start from the beginning.

The Santangelos are a successful family headed by the retired Gino Santangelos. His daughter, Lucky, is our protagonist and the story centres around the drama that her family manage to get themselves involved in. Son Bobby is accused of murder, daughter Max is living the wildlife in London to get over her movie star ex and Gino is gunned down in an assassination. Lucky is determined to find out who it was that killed her father but how far is she willing to go?

So, even though I have came into this world a little late I feel like I know the characters – Collins provides enough back story so new readers do not feel lost. That she manages to do this whilst maintaining a fun and frisky story is a credit to her talent as a writer. There is a reason why her writing is so popular and that reason is that she is damn good at telling a story.

I’m genuinely saddened that there are no more books about the Santangelos family but I am glad that I have the whole back catalogue to get through.

The Santangelos by Jackie Collins is available from September 30th.

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