The Golden Locket follows Gustav and Serena to New York. Ensconced in their Manhattan penthouse, all seems blissfully happy for Gustav and Serena. Still in the first flush of love, they have every satisfaction they could need.
But as they enjoy their New York pleasure ground, ghosts start to emerge from Gustav’s past, and when his damaged younger brother, Pierre, comes back into his life, he brings with him a dangerous threat…
With temptation waiting at every turn, can Gustav and Serena survive all the excitement that the Big Apple holds?
Having gobbled up The Silver chain I was really excited to read this, in fact I enjoyed the first book so much I kept putting off reading this because I didn’t want to get closer to the trilogy ending. Yes, I do realise that’s crazy behaviour, but I don’t care. ;p
This book starts a few weeks after the first one ends, and does a very respectable job of filling in the details of the missing weeks without bombarding us with information. In this book we see Serena as a much more collected and mature character, there are a few moments where the younger Serena shows herself but overall this is a much more grown up character, and in Gustav we have a man who is more relaxed and is finding his way to being the man he wants to be for her. At the end of the first book we met Gustav’s estranged brother Pierre, and this book develops his character, we start of with a man who seems completely together and sure of himself but little clues lead you to think all is not what it seems, and things unravel quickly. I think one of my favourite characters in this book was Polly, she went from being this strong-minded, independent woman to a raging mess. I’m sure we all know someone who has had this happen; you get totally strung out by a guy. I couldn’t wait to see what she did next, and she did not disappoint. Another character who seemed to be looming ever larger in the background was Margot, Gustav’s ex-wife, her potential presence still causing upset and paranoia.
While I loved the character and story development we see in this book, there were a few scenes that felt forced, almost out of character. But as someone who is currently trying to ‘discover’ myself sexually I understand they were things that had a real place. And while they made me a bit uncomfortable they did nothing to damage my love of the book or my desperate urge to read the next instalment…….now. A good addition to what is shaping up to be an excellent series.
*Disclaimer – I received this book for free from the author but was under no obligation to review it here.