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A missing shipment of cocaine.
Three street-kids fighting for their lives.
A mafia hit-man intent on killing them.
A naive expat who gets in their way.
Who would you bet on?
Published October 7th 2019
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The events in Don’t Get Involved unfold over the course of a year with the book frequently switching points of view and timeline, the latter in sections entitled ‘Winter’, ‘Summer’ and ‘Autumn’. I’ll confess it took me a while to get to grips with the narrative structure and work out the order in which events were occurring.

The street-kids – Dima, and brother and sister, Sasha and Alyona – eke out a hand to mouth existence on the edge of Ukrainian society, living in dilapidated buildings and bei
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
...Are you okay?'

'I will be. The first layer of gauze has been wrapped around the pain.'


'Grandpa said that grief was like a wound. Time was like a dressing. A piece of gauze. At first the blood, the pain, flows through. Then, as the dressing gets thicker and stronger the flow stems, until it can no longer be seen. Sometimes a scab breaks. The blood seeps through again with a memory, but the dressing holds. Wit
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
After reading and enjoying a previous book by this author, I jumped at the chance to read her latest publication. Once again we are transported to Eastern Europe, this time however we are in the Ukraine as we follow a group of street kids who find themselves in danger and Nadia who had moved to the Ukraine for a fresh start and in her attempt to help them gets mixed up in something that could actually endanger her life.
The book is told from the points of view of Dima one of the street kids who s
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t Get Involved tells of the struggle of life for the many street kids living rough on the streets of Kiev. Every day is a struggle to find shelter, warmth, food, safety; the children having to beg, scrounge and steal any little scraps they could to get by. Sometimes these children must submit themselves to unspeakable things to earn a bit of money - just enough for a few morsels of food and drink, not enough to break the vice-like grip the corrupt hold over them.

That is until one girl comes
Alex Jones
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly my thanks to FJ Curlew for the invite on the tour and copy of her new book, Don't Get Involved.

It's always nice when an author takes their time to check out the site and then ask for a review, so when i had an email from FJ Curlew, and after reading what this story was about , i was really happy to be involved on the tour.

On the face of it , Don't Get Involved is a thriller, set in Kiev, Ukraine, and tells the story of some street kids who get mixed up with a drug deal, which leaves them
Jessica Belmont
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t Get Involed is my first read by F.J. Curlew, and it won’t be my last. Zet in Ukraine in 2001, in a time of unrest, this novel feels authentic. It’s written with such knowledge and research, that nothing feels flimsy.

The dual stories in this book overlap occasionally, but for the most part they are independent of each other. The story is marketed as a crime novel, but it isn’t what you’re expecting going in. This isn’t a bad thing, it was written really well, but there are surprises that I
Laura Turner
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Well now, THIS was a nice surprise, not what I was expecting at all … WOW, what a novel! To say I am blown away would be an understatement. From the very first page of Don’t Get Involved, I WAS involved and there was no way I was walking away, leaving or quitting.

In Don’t Get Involved, despite initially looking at a novel primarily based around serious crime, there is also a significant love story in the form of Nadia a
Caroline Venables
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what a read. You always see pictures and hear the term ‘street kids’ but in this book the author takes you into their lives. Their desperate fight for survival and what lengths they will go to just to live.

Nadia who has recently moved to the Ukraine, is looking for a fresh start, but meets these street children and very quickly gets wrapped up in their world. Heartbroken by their plight she resolves to help them,unaware that she is getting herself into danger. The chapters are told from dif
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