Dark Eyes by William Richter

Dark Eyes
Author: William Richter
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ARC
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 3-15-12
At sixteen years old, Wally is a savvy street teen with a loyal group of friends and a will to survive.  Although the still keeps ties to the privileged home she belonged to before she ran away, her past and her longing to know who her Russian birth mother really is haunts her.  When she comes across some information about he past, she is pulled into a web of revenge, violence and dealings with the Russian mob. Time is running out for her to find her mother before her father does.

I wasn’t surprised to read that the author is also a screenwriter, because this reads very much like a movie. That isn’t a bad thing, but is a very external book without a lot of internal examination, which seemed to me to be very cinematic. As with any action oriented book, there are several things that you just have to accept about the characters  (rich girl living on the streets, mysterious backgrounds, everyone can shoot a gun etc..), but if you do that you will enjoy it immensely.

Dark Eyes is full of action, shoot-outs, Russian mobsters and street kids. Wally is smart, kind, strong and handy with a gun. As a heroine, she can measure up to any female action star. The story moves very quickly and there is no down time as she races to find her mom before her evil mobster dad does. I loved the Russian that was sprinkled throughout the story and I also loved the varying perspectives of Wally and the detective. I really grew to care about Wally and her band of misfits that remained so loyal to her, and there were some parts that were so suspenseful it seemed like I just couldn’t read quickly enough. The ending had a twist that I did not see coming at all, and it was bittersweet, which is my favorite.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was fast paced, action filled, and if Mr. Richter ever decides to use his screenwriting skills to adapt it, Dark Eyes will translate well into film. I’d buy a ticket, for sure!

I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

This book earned 4 birds

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Kate @ Ex Libris


106 responses to “Dark Eyes by William Richter

  1. Great review! I’m dying to read this book! Heard it’s the teenage version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Definitely sounds like my kind of read!

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