Review – Foul Lady Fortune by: Chloe Gong

The first book in a captivating new duology following an ill-matched pair of spies posing as a married couple to investigate a series of brutal murders in 1930s Shanghai.

It’s 1931 in Shanghai, and the stage is set for a new decade of intrigue.

Four years ago, Rosalind Lang was brought back from the brink of death, but the strange experiment that saved her also stopped her from sleeping and aging—and allows her to heal from any wound. In short, Rosalind cannot die. Now, desperate for redemption from her traitorous past, she uses her abilities as an assassin for her country.

Code name: Fortune.

But when the Japanese Imperial Army begins its invasion march, Rosalind’s mission pivots. A series of murders is causing unrest in Shanghai, and the Japanese are under suspicion. Rosalind’s new orders are to infiltrate foreign society and identify the culprits behind the terror plot before more of her people are killed.

To reduce suspicion, however, she must pose as the wife of another Nationalist spy, Orion Hong, and though Rosalind finds Orion’s cavalier attitude and playboy demeanor infuriating, she is willing to work with him for the greater good. But Orion has an agenda of his own, and Rosalind has secrets that she wants to keep buried. As they both attempt to unravel the conspiracy, the two spies soon find that there are deeper and more horrifying layers to this mystery than they ever imagined.

“No, she’s a liar. A beautiful liar, but a liar nonetheless.”

Holy twists! So many unexpected revelations happened in the last 20% of the book. I felt like I was constantly like “holy *^%#”.  I really loved the feel of Foul Lady Fortune. It is set in older times with a constantly look over your shoulder eerie feeling. 

I loved trying to uncover each detail with Rosalind & Co. Constantly trying to figure out who is hiding what, who is double crossing, and who is killing. With so many of the agents, there were so many blurred lines, it was hard to figure out who was where. Which I guess is the point of being spy.  At first it is a lot to take in, but once you do the story takes off in a “who dun it” style and it is epic.

With our man duo, Rosalind and Orion, I adored watching them grow on one another. They both have such a different, yet awful past that it was wonderful watching them grow together. I’ll be extremely curious to see how the evolve in the second book along with Celia, Oliver, Phoebe, and Silas too.

Overall, Chloe Gong knocked it out of the park. She did a wonderful job weaving all the mysteries and story lines together. Cannot wait for book two!

– 5 out of 5 splatters –

Published by Jena Freeth

30. Boy mom. Book lover. Fitness junkie. Shopaholic.

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