I was a massive fan of Child 44 so when someone on twitter suggested that Bequest was similar I jumped at the chance to read it. Unfortunately Bequest was much simpler than Child 44 and I think the two books will appeal to a different group of readers.
Bequest is a thriller that centres on the Ukrainian legend of the lost Cossack gold, a large quantity of gold that was rumored to have been deposited in the Bank of England in the 18th Century. The gold would now be worth enough to bankrupt the Bank of England and change the balance of power within Europe. Many Ukrainians dream of finding a connection to this inheritance; finding a secret document that links them to this fortune. It is this that happens in Bequest, leading to a race to secure the fortune before it lands in the wrong hands.
Bequest is fast paced and easy to read, but the book lacked any real tension. There was the occasional heart stopping moment, but it was all over too quickly for me.
The story switched between several time periods, including the 18th century, but the whole book read in the same way. This meant that apart from the odd reference to their situation there was no period atmosphere.
The majority of the book was set in dusty libraries/archives. I enjoyed learning a bit about Ukrainian history, but prefer to become immersed in someone’s life and emotions rather than to chase a large amount of money through long lost documents.
This book will appeal to anyone who enjoys fast paced investigative thrillers, especially those who’d like to learn a bit more about Ukrainian history.
Other bloggers loved it:
Bequest glistens with as much gleam as a 24 carat nugget Rob Around Books
…an intriguing and enjoyable novel… Euro Crime