Angela Moreaux, a charismatic and seductively attractive expert in stock market manipulations, employed by an aluminium magnate, Kazimir Stankevitch, to dismantle his rival, a young billionaire, Dmitry Voronov, is drawn into a puzzling game of secret desires, second agendas and genuine intents that leads her to discover that what she really looks for lies on the other side of the deal. A Tricky Game was recognised among the top 10% of the screenplays by up and coming screenwriters whose work was submitted to the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting programme 2018 (Oscars Organisation, LA, California).
I love reading psychological thrillers so I was excited to get my hands on A Tricky Game by Seraphima Bogomolova. It’s only a little over a hundred pages, so I knew it was going to be a quick read, I just wasn’t sure how she was going to accomplish everything in such a short amount of space.
It took a bit to get used to the writing, but once I did, it was a compelling read. I didn’t connect with the main protagonist, Angela and I think it’s because she is over confident in her situation. Not a bad thing, just somewhat unexpected when you’re getting shot at.
The characters are very diverse and the plot pivots and turns in a refreshing way that kept me highly intrigued. I think I loved the ending the best, though. I will definitely be picking up Bogomolova’s work again, I thought the premise was fantastic and the story woven very intricately, yet captivating. I highly recommend to anyone who loves a good thriller!
Seraphima Nickolaevna Bogomolova was born in St Petersburg, Russia, into a family of scientist and intellectuals, — her mother, Tatiana Jurilo, is a Doctor of Philosophy with the research on non-commercial use of lasers and her late father, Nikolai Nickolaevitch Bogomolov, used to work on development of fuel for spaceships. Thus, Seraphima was raised in a spirit of innovation, independent thinking and creative solution approach.
She holds a BSc degree in English and American Literature, received in a private Institute of Foreign Languages in St Petersburg, with her favourite author being a non-English though — Alexandre Pushkin — a poet, playwright, and novelist of the Romantic era and the founder of modern Russian literature.
As a kid Seraphima went to a French language school but it never grew on her. On her own initiative she studied English language, dreaming of becoming one day an international affairs reporter, travelling the world and sharing cultural and social news. However, after graduating from the IFL she was set for a different kind of adventure, becoming involved with media industry, promoting and marketing lifestyle publications.
Seraphima’s talent in visual creative writing and artistic streak combined lead her to the path of first producing story-based ballets to her own scripts, «A Night in Paris’ Christmas ballet (2016), «I’m Your Man’’musical ballet (2017) and «Christmas X 3» magical realism ballet (2017) and now to screenplay writing with her current finished work being a screenplay «A Tricky Game’ (2018).
An idea for «A Tricky Game’ was originally conceived in 2013 and was first realised as a script styled novella. Four years later and several books and productions in between Seraphima has decided to re-write «A Tricky Game’ making it into a proper screenplay as it always destined to be.
Her other literary works include books — «Puzzled’ (2014) in Russian and English, «Unknowns’ (2014) in Russian, and «Mystery of Orient Express’ (2015) in Russian.
Seraphima Nickolaevna Bogomolova is also the Founder and Managing Director of the Souliris productions, an independent company specialising on producing unique ballet performances staged in exclusive locations.
Her life circumstances have brought Seraphima to many cities and countries of the world, including London, New York, Moscow, Dubai, and Geneva. But her all-time favourite city remains London — a melting pot of creativity, individualism and quirky ideas.