Genre: fiction, suspense, contemporary, financial
When young associate Katya Kuznetsova loses her job at Lehman Brothers in London, she takes up a new investment banking role in Moscow, Russia. Determined to succeed, Katya finds herself trapped by her lifestyle. At the same time she tries to prove her self-worth but subconsciously engages in self-punishment, including ever more destructive sex, alcohol and drug abuse. Eventually, things get out of control, leading to the dreadful consequences Katya is trying to fix, humiltating herself and losing everything she owns; but she finds something, which was always there, she just couldn’t see it, something priceless… Snow Job: The Great Game is the first novel by Jenni Ferchenko.
Part harrowing tale of corruption, part contemporary memoir, part suspense, this was an interesting blend.
Katya Kuznetsova decides to change her life… and gets a new job in finance in Moscow, and with all the pitfalls this entails. Corruption, drugs, sex, and a lot of pressure – this is not a lifestyle recipe for long-term happiness…
This novel was an interesting read, but I did find it hard to review. Some parts were flowery and slow-burning, others fast-paced and sharp. The dialogue was realistic, while the characters fluctuated in levels of believability. But, overall, it held my interest and left me thinking about the events and characters after I’d finished reading it. And that is the reason I would recommend it.