22 April, 2012

Dark Eyes by William Richter

Dark EyesName: Dark Eyes by William Richter.
Pages: 383.
Publication: 15th March 2012/Razorbill.
Buy It: Amazon | Kennys

"Get ready for the vigilante girl detective of the next generation.

Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.

Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and shes just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She’ll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko—her darkeyed father—finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally’s mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wallys had her own killer training, and she's hungry for justice."

It is funny to see a book that revolves around a sixteen year old girl being compared to such a dark book such as The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I am not going to lie, I saw little comparison but the main comparison for me? Both books are great reads full of thrills, mystery and action.

Wallis a.k.a Wally is a adopted Russian orphan to a wealthy American family in New York. Wally, who has always been a bit of a wild child leaves homes at fifteen to live on the streets. With her crew, Tevin, Ella and Jake. When she comes across information about her birth mother, she goes on a dangerous race against time to find her: one that will turn Wally's life into a tale spin of running, hiding and avoiding being killed because Wally is not the only person looking for her infamous mother.

Wally is such an interesting female lead. There is something very compelling about her. I think it is due to the choices she has made to turn away from her wealthy life and live on the streets. You can tell she a lot of anger built up inside of her from over the years. The choice also makes Wally a very easy target to call selfish and stupid. She is a little of those two, isn't everyone? However, once you read the book, you find that there is reason behind her so called madness. Wally is also very smart, both intellectually and on the street. 

Dark Eyes is full of secrets. Secrets here, there and everywhere! Expect the unexpected in this book, that is all I shall say to you about these secrets. Well that and thankfully, Richter does clear up the secrets in the book. 

I can see Dark Eyes making a great film actually. That being said, Richter seems to have left Dark Eyes open to a sequel which, I, for one, would enjoy to read.

This story is for older YA readers and adults. There is dark and violent themes, which I thoroughly enjoy. 

Final Thought.
Give it a read. Richter has created a intriguing story full of action, secrets, struggles, twists and even a little romance and is probably one of the best YA thrillers written.


  1. I completely forgot about this book. There not really the same- except they are both set in NYC- but this book seems like it's similar in tone to "All These Things I've Done" by Gabrielle Zevin. Which I thought was pretty good. At least it was different.

  2. I've read and reviewed "All These Things I've Done" which I enjoyed as well. I preferred "Dark Eyes" though because it was more thrilling!