Tuesday, 3 May 2016

The Black Stiletto: The First Diary by Raymond Benson

Title: The Black Stiletto: The First Diary
Series: The Black Stiletto (#1)
Author: Raymond Benson
From: Netgalley
Genre: Superhero
Release Date: 5th September 2011
Challenges: 2016 Blogger Shame, 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge 
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

When Martin is bequeathed his mother, Judy's, diaries when she is striken with Alzheimer's, the last thing he expected to discover was that she was the Black Stiletto, a masked vigilante who was active in 1950s New York. Reading her first diary takes him back to discover how she became the Black Stiletto and the adventures of her first year, including how she became involved with the Mafia and the New York underworld.

I really liked the way that The Black Stiletto was told. There was a split in POVs between Martin and Judy. Martin's POV was in the present and offered a look into how he felt about the information, as well as a way to see a modern day Judy, whereas Judy's POV was written in a diary form so included reflection and the ability to report events in retrospect.

It was interesting to see the origins of a vigilante/superhero and the fact that there is the slight moral grey area that goes with it. Judy's childhood, particularly the teenage years, were explored in a way that made it clear events influenced her, but she also did things that would definitely be considered illegal. More than that some of her acts were pure revenge, and that added a different dimension to the story.

I must say though this book had a great mix of romance, action and adventure and it really did keep you reading. I don't know what I was expecting when I started The Black Stiletto, but I was definitely surprised at just how pulled into the story I became. There was no way of knowing what would happen and that made it a good read.

I enjoyed The Black Stiletto, and it was an entralling read.