Dark Eyes is full of never ending plot twists, mob bosses, and hidden identities. While many Young Adult genre authors tend to water down adult themes, Richter doesn't baby his readers and takes risks. He's just about as risky as Wally. Our Russian born street smart protagonist is fearless, cunning, and eons wiser than her sixteen years.
It reads like a movie plays out, I could easily imagine every action sequence. Being boasted as a Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, Dark Eyes is right on the money.
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 she's 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 Wally's had her own killer training, and she's hungry for justice.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, this debut thriller introduces our next big series heroine!