Book Review: 88 North – by J F Kirwan

This is the third, and final, book in the Nadia Laksheva series from J F Kirwan which features diving as a background. That’s something I’ve not come across before, and it intrigued me enough to read the first one – and have since devoured books 2 and 3.

Don’t worry though, unlike some, the author doesn’t ram his knowledge down your throat in an effort to prove how much he knows. It’s just enough to make you feel like you’re right there with the characters.

So, without further ado, here’s the actual review. If it tickles your fancy, then there’s a link at the bottom of the review. That one is to Amazon but the book is available on iBooks and all other good ebook retailers.



I’d been eagerly awaiting this book and I most certainly wasn’t disappointed!

This is the third in Kirwan’s ‘Nadia Laksheva’ series and we were left on a precipice at the end of the last one regarding the consequences of Nadia trying to tackle her nemesis, the evil Salamander. In this one, we find out for sure…

Nadia has now lost her entire family to the twisted machinations of the man determined to make the world pay for a betrayal decades ago. The only person she has is Jake – the MI6 agent she teamed up with in book one (66 Metres). But Salamander has plans for him too! There’s one point you might have to hold on to your lunch with respect to that – just giving you fair warning!

In the previous books, there have been resting places, so to speak, where the action slowed down briefly for whatever reason and gave us pause to breathe. In this final part, however, there’s no chance of that! The action begins almost from the first page and doesn’t slow until the last couple of pages. I must admit, I was a little worried about how this one would end but I have to say, Kirwan did a beautiful job on this point. It was the perfect ending.

Although I loved the first book, I did – as my review stated – have a bit of trouble connecting with Nadia. She’s not exactly the easiest character to warm to. But by book 2 (37 Hours), she had grown on me a little more. And now, I can safely say, I’ve thoroughly connected. She’s more rounded now, and more ‘real’. I think that’s right for the character too – she’s grown, had to learn to trust people, and through that she’s let people – including the reader – in.

It’s definitely a great ending to a great series, and one I’d highly recommend.

*I read this advance copy voluntarily.


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