The Russian Doll

The Russian Doll


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'I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day . . . Superb!' - Mara Timon, author of City of Spies

The Firm meets McMafia in Marina Palmer's thrilling and exciting novel, which opens the door on the Russian high life in London and corruption at the heart of British politics, reaching all the way into the Secret Services.

Packed with twists, intrigue, betrayal, romance and suspense, The Russian Doll constantly wrong-foots the reader and delivers a perfect narrative, right to the last page.

How much did she just say the salary was?

When Ruth Miller returns a dropped scarf to Elena Shilkov, she is whisked from a dreary shared flat to a world of unimagined luxury.

The super-rich Russian wants a new personal assistant and won't take no for an answer.

Ruth gets accommodation, a credit card, and a complete wardrobe makeover.

And she's good at the job; distributing gifts, attending galas, dealing with the high-society movers and shakers fighting for Elena's attention.

Then the sinister truth begins to reveal itself, that nothing is quite what it seems in Elena's dangerous, deceptive world.

Ruth should get away.

But it's already too late.

'Best book I've read this year' - Simon Conway, author of The Stranger

'The Russian Doll gripped me with layer upon dangerous layer' - Alison Bruce, author of The Moment Before Impact

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    The Russian Doll Reviews


    You know the old adage, “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is”? Well look no further than The Russian Doll, if you want proof of it!Russian oligarchs are business oligarchs of the ...

  • Paromjit

    Marina Palmer drops the reader into the murky world of Russian oligarchs living in London, giving us a glimpse into the machinery of political manipulation and their world of super wealth. 23 year old...

  • Ceecee

    4.5 rounded up. Why is the sight of a blonde woman with her two girls looking in a jewellers window something which attracts Ruth Millers attention? The blonde drops are very expensive scarf, Ruth ret...

  • Martin Paul

    A fine contemporary thriller with some nice twists and turns.First off, although Marina Palmer may be a new name to readers, her alter-ego Imogen Robertson will be well-known to readers of historical ...

  • The Cookster

    Rating: 3.0/5Although this is the first novel that has appeared under the name of Marina Palmer, it is actually a pseudonym for Imogen Robertson, who has written a number of books in the historical fi...

  • Sue

    Listened to the audio. This is a gripping novel with two original and convincing female leads, Ruth from Middlesbrough and Elena from Russia / Kensington. It’s a clever and very contemporary plot wi...

  • Kirstie Cooper

    As much as I enjoyed this book, and enjoyed the storyline, I did struggle slightly with the flow of the book. Seemed to take me ages to read it, which I don't really know why - just wasn't a smooth re...

  • Alma

    4.5 Really enjoyed this as it was a totally different take on what could be, and probably is, going on in the higher echelons of businesses, politics and the aristocracy of different nations and how p...

  • Graham

    Great Expectations – it’s one of the patterns of the English novel, the magical device to break the class barriers. Note, a gal with a portion of 50,000 a year might have great expectations but do...

  • Monika Armet

    This is an excellent book, full of pace and action that gripped me from the beginning.The reader meets Ruth when she survives a terrorist attack in a London’s café. Ruth is deemed a heroine: she pi...