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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Kings and Concubines is a suspenseful thriller novel by author Matt Gale. Seven years ago, our six central heroes committed an incredible crime, an event that bonded them for life. Now, however, one of their number has suffered a violent attack that left them verging on death, and the remaining five don’t know whether to blame one another for the attack or to look outside of their circle for clues. As the time looms upon which they agreed to finally split their ill-gotten gains, it becomes clear that not all of them may survive to take the cash they earned years ago. Is their kingpin Max Mason really to blame for this? Only a dangerous and psychological journey will help them to find out.
The prose of Kings and Concubines is a stylish inner monologue from the perspective of Lukas, a member of the daring robbery group. Each of the five central characters had their strengths and weaknesses, but I was particularly impressed with the development of Charlotte as a strong female co-lead, a rarity in this genre of fiction. Matt Gale’s conversational prose is easy to read but also rich with personality and detail, endearing the reader to even the most unpleasant of characters and situations. The plot is largely character driven, though its inception is ingenious and the locations over which the action takes place are slick and well described. In places, it was as if I were reading a Tarantino movie. Overall, I’d definitely recommend Kings and Concubines to fans of action, crime and suspenseful fiction.