A book review: Rico Stays

Rico Stays (Pigeon-Blood Red): Duncan, Ed, Crombie ...

TITLE: Rico Stays

AUTHOR: Ed Duncan


I received an electronic copy of this book from Book Publicity Services in exchange for my honest review. My thanks goes to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for the opportunity to review this book.

*Synopsis taken from Book Publicity Services*

After enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders stepped in to protect his girlfriend from a local mob boss’s hot-headed nephew, all hell broke loose.

When the smoke cleared, the nephew had vanished, but three goons who had tried to help him lay dying where they’d stood. Fighting for his life, Rico was alive but gravely wounded.

Out of the hospital but not fully recovered, he needed a place to crash – a place where he wouldn’t be found by men who surely would be looking. A place like the cabin owned by lawyer Paul Elliott, whose life Rico had saved more than once. Trouble was, Paul’s girlfriend hadn’t forgotten Rico’s dark history. Or Paul’s fascination with him.

Using Rico’s girlfriend as bait, vengeful killers soon would be coming for him. The only question was whether he would face them alone or with help from Paul.

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Rico Stays is the third book in a crime thriller trilogy. When approached to review this I was assured that each book can be read as a standalone so with that in mind, alongside the fact that anything categorised as a thriller is bound to spark my attention, I decided this one was worth a read. I wasn’t wrong!

I can confidently agree that this book can be read as a standalone because I haven’t read the other titles and I didn’t feel as though I was at a disadvantage. Perhaps others would argue that they had more of an affinity with certain characters because they had met them before but I didn’t struggle to feel connected. In fact I thought the characterisation was so good that immediately after being introduced to the title character Rico I felt enough of a connection to be invested in him and his journey. This didn’t change as the novel progressed. He is the classic anti-hero, a man who doesn’t always make the right decisions, but one that you can’t help but root for because ultimately his intentions are good. It wasn’t just Rico that kept me reading though, for me every character had a purpose, and each played their part in the unfolding story. Characterisation is one of the most important aspects for me, and I’ll soon switch off if I feel as though any characters are pointless, or if I struggle to feel invested in them. With this not being the case here I was hooked and eager to keep reading.

There were many other positives also. Firstly the pacing; there were no points where the story dragged, much the opposite in fact, everything seemed to unfold in just the right way at just the right time. There was enough mystery and suspense to satisfy the genre within which it is placed, without it seeming as though it was taking too long to get to the point. In addition, the plot itself was clever, well constructed and the ending was not obvious. This is testament to the writing skill of the author, because I’ve read many books of this type where it is so clear where things are heading that irrelevant of how good the idea is, the overall outcome is disappointing. I’m pleased to confirm this wasn’t realised with this book.

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If I was to describe this book in one word I would probably use refreshing. Perhaps not an adjective you would expect for a crime thriller but there is reasoning behind my choice. So many thriller novels can seem recycled or as though they have borrowed an idea from somewhere else but that is not the case with Rico Stays. It’s exciting because it feels new and it’s written in such a way that I didn’t find myself comparing it to anything else.

Would I recommend this one? Definitely! It’s quite short in length so it could easily be finished in a couple of sittings. It’s exciting, intense and entertaining. Fans of the genre would definitely enjoy this one, and I’ll be looking to read the others in the series for sure.

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Have you read Rico Stays? What did you think about it? If you haven’t read it do you think that you will? As always I would love to hear your thoughts!

Thanks for reading, I hope that you enjoyed!

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Until the next time…Jess x

2 thoughts on “A book review: Rico Stays

  1. Thorough and thought-provoking review Jess. It sounds quite fast-paced and I like that it’s short enough to read in a few sitting. I can’t bear books that just use words to fill up the pages, dragging the inevitable out. It looks like something I might read.

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    1. Thanks Caz 😊 It is a great pace to get through quickly yes, and absolutely worth a read if crime fiction appeals to you 😊 I couldn’t agree more, nothing worse than unnecessary filler in a book, I like to get to the point 😂 I hope you enjoy it if you do check it out 😊

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