The Untouchables (Ruthless People, #2) by J.J. McAvoy

by Allie Burke

I published a review of this book when I was only 71 pages in, DNFing it at 16%. I was annoyed at the plot-driven anti-developer of a book. But, I got back to it yesterday because I just so badly want to like this series, and it was surprisingly, unputdownable from that point. I finished the rest of it in two days. It had its flaws – endless typos, bad, banal writing like “I let out the breath I didn’t know I was holding”, and the whole annoying thing where Liam calls Melody “Wife” (it’s all very insincere, this thing they do) – but this time, very much unlike the first book, I fell hard for the Callahans. I even had feels in some parts, which had been an nonexistent phenomenon with this series up until this point.

The Untouchables delves deeper into family relationships, marriage, and things that not even the most powerful crime family in the world can run from. I wept a few times, and did that thing where you start reading faster at about 70% because you don’t know what is going to happen and you’re scared for the characters. You feel for them and you root for them. Apart from book one, you get to see inside the heads of all of the Callahans, not just Melody and Liam. And it is beautiful. This plot is locked down tight – all except one detail that had me rolling my eyes – and it is good. There is power, loyalty, and murder, and I can’t get enough. This series is well thought out unlike any other mafia series I have ever read.

It’s hard to reveal any more than that because everything is a spoiler – it is that kind of book – but if you can get past typos and bad writing in the first book and in the first half of the second, I would say it is worth it. I’m glad I stuck with it and am looking forward to book three, American Savages.


Allie Burke is the creator of the literary magazine and writers society Organic Coffee, Haphazardly. Her writings have been featured in Vice Magazine, Refinery 29, and in bestselling books sold nationwide. She lives in Long Beach, California.

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