Review: Prey by L.A. Larkin

Title: Prey {Olivia Wolfe #2}

Author: L.A. Larkin

Published: April 22nd 2020, Clan Destine Press

Read: April 2020


My Thoughts:


Investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe is back in L.A. Larkin’s latest exciting action thriller, Prey.

When the source that alerted her to a corrupt British Cabinet Minister dies in suspicious circumstances, Olivia ignores the warning from Global Threat Taskforce agent Casburn to drop the story, and instead chases it all the way to South Africa. With the help of friend and local police officer, Thusago, Olivia links the Minister’s tax haven account to a school principal in Soweto, and from there hunts down the powerful cabal who are playing a very dangerous and deadly game.

Short chapters and breathtaking moments of tension ensures Prey is a fast-paced read. Olivia’s investigation takes her across Africa as she tracks the clues that will lead to the mysterious head of the syndicate behind murder, money laundering and illegal poaching. And as Olivia attempts to avoid corrupt locals, and Casburn, with whom she has a complicated relationship stemming from the events in Devour, she’s unaware she has drawn the attention of a sadistic assassin sent to silence her.

The assassin is a horrifying character who takes delight in his macabre work, and streams it live over the Dark Web. Sensitive readers may want to skim a few descriptive paragraphs here and there, but his final confrontation with Olivia is a nerve-wracking encounter not to be missed.

While Olivia is not always sure who to trust, she does have allies in London, her mentor Butcher and his associate Ponnappa, helping her with investigation, and in South Africa, Vitaly Yushkov, Olivia’s former lover, steps in twice to save her life. I love that Olivia refuses to give up no matter the obstacles, she’s a kickass character who follows her conscience and the truth no matter the consequences.

While Prey is a sequel to Devour, which introduces Olivia in a similarly high intensity thriller, it’s not necessary to have read it to enjoy this (though I recommend you do).

An action packed story with a plot of intrigue and a dynamic lead character, Prey is a gripping and exciting read.


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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Apr 30, 2020 @ 12:24:28

    Great review. I agree, Shelleyrae, and I really want to read the first book now.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Apr 30, 2020 @ 20:34:26

    South Africa? Oh, that grabbed me rightaway — but other than that, this sounds intense, and a fantastic thriller!

    Liked by 2 people


    • L.A. Larkin Author Channel
      May 01, 2020 @ 07:05:12

      The setting adds a whole level of drama and beauty. I hope you enjoy reading Prey as much as I did writing it.



  3. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape
    May 01, 2020 @ 16:05:39

    This sounds like a great thriller! I can see why you enjoyed it so much Shelley 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Anne - Books of My Heart
    May 02, 2020 @ 05:19:19

    This is just my kind of thing but I would definitely start with the first one. Excellent review!

    Liked by 1 person


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  6. Helen Murdoch
    May 04, 2020 @ 03:13:57

    A thriller combined with travel? Yes please!

    Liked by 1 person


  7. Tracey (Carpe Librum)
    May 09, 2020 @ 01:08:34

    Glad you enjoyed this so much.



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