Book Reviews

Dancing With Shadows by Adrian Chruchward

I received a copy of this book through Ryder Author Resources in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

I was really interested in reading this book because of the blurb which promised a lot of action, political intrigue, and drama. I was a little disappointed by the story, but it is still an okay read nonetheless.

Goodreads synopsis:

35893005Human rights lawyer of the year Scott Mitchell is publicly arrested on suspicion of laundering $250 million for the Chechen mafia. The social media trolls come out in force to vilify him and he’s immediately sacked from his six-figure job at a prestigious London law firm. With the threat of a criminal trial, no employment prospects, no income, and dwindling savings, Scott sets out to prove his innocence.
As he embarks on a journey taking him to Malta, Hungary and Russia, he becomes a pawn in a power play being fought out in the shadows between UK and Russian intelligence agencies. Scott must choose between his unswerving belief in the supremacy of the rule of law and pragmatism…


Scott Mitchell is a human rights lawyer who is arrested on money laundering charges in a very public manner. The whole case seems shady, but that doesn’t stop social media trolls from passing their judgement. In a classic case of “I came out to have a good time and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now“, he gets involved in a lot of legal turmoil and power plays by government officials in UK and Russia, when all he wanted was his lawyer of the year award.

This is a story that should work. Churchward has all the elements in place–an oligarch, a shady professor, scheming police officers, and meddling Russian military officials. But this huge list of elements is probably why this story doesn’t work. There’s just an information dump. And people keep getting added to the mix, as the others die.

The writing was stellar, but it wasn’t used properly in the story. There’s a lot of information that doesn’t really help the story in any way. Take this one for example:

“…He wouldn’t do so, but he wanted to hear her voice again, to hold her; better still, to be held by her. It was a familial type of yearning, nothing sexual.”

This comes a paragraph after one explaining how the main character and Sophie (the “her”) were almost like brother and sister. We don’t care. You don’t need to dump all this information on us. If a female other than the presumed love interest even talks to Scott, the author is quick to point out that the female is gay. And don’t even get me started about Ekaterina, the love interest. She’s written poorly and is extremely one-dimensional.

This book could have been so much better than it actually is. I hope the next book by this author does better and holds my interest even beyond the blurb.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5


What did you think of my review? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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5 thoughts on “Dancing With Shadows by Adrian Chruchward

  1. You know, you are SO right about the information dumping part! That just seems to make the book drag on and ON. Plus, that really gets on my nerves☺
    I haven’t tried any books of this sort, though.
    Great review, as usual! 😀😁

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