Friday, 12 July 2013

Review: Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers #1) by J.A. Redmerski

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers, #1)Killing Sarai

Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: In the Company of Killers
Pages: 393
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Self

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.
This is their story…

Review: 4 out of 5 stars

Killing Sarai is certainly intense, action packed and gritty; I’ve been curious about J.A. Redmerski and her books and after seeing a number of positive reviews for this one and wanting to read something a little darker, it seemed to be perfect for me. I was also drawn to the beautiful cover which I feel suits the book perfectly.

Sarai Cohen has been confined to the walls of a Mexican drug lords home for the past nine years, favoured and treated differently to the other girls around her she has witnessed some horrors and experienced abuse and fear; when an opportunity comes in the form of a hired killer to escape, she jumps at the chance of freedom.

Victor Faust is all sorts of messed up, with his life filled with murder and crime he is a hardened character but also extremely controlled and intriguing, he doesn’t know whether to save Sarai, use her or kill her. Part of a secret organisation where he has been since his childhood, he doesn’t know of a life outside of corruption, violence and death.

I felt disconnected from Sarai and Victor initially but I think this was mainly because of the people they had become and the upbringing they both had – they have both had to adapt to survive; I was saddened by what they had endured but had hope for who they could become; Victor was a complex and mysterious character who had me questioning his sincerity but I came to love the way he protected Sarai; Sarai had a lot of strength, despite how she had suffered she coped to survive but she held a lot of anger for the life that had been taken away from her, they came to form a mutual trust which I loved watching progress.

The pacing was spot on for me up until around the half way mark when things change dramatically and an important key player is eliminated, I didn’t know in which direction it would go from this point but it was still as riveting and hold on to the edge of your seats exciting.

I adored the dual POV’s; getting an insight into both Sarai and Victor’s thoughts and actions was wonderful and written perfectly – I don’t think the story would have worked as well without it. I am a HUGE fan of any form of romance and the chemistry is apparent between them from the beginning but I was curious to see how it would all play out, I didn’t think there would be any sappy knee-wobbling moments and even though we don’t really know how either is truly feeling it was great seeing the build-up to the point where they actually give in to the attraction, especially Victor.

Quote: “I don’t think that this thing between us is love, or even lust. It’s something else, something powerful and unmistakable that neither of us have been able to ignore. But it doesn’t have a face.”

The writing is perfection! J.A Redmerski has created gripping, detailed scenes and completely fleshed out yet imperfect characters like no other and the unpredictable plot kept me completely fascinated.

Overall, this is a darkly intense, suspenseful read that definitely keeps you wanting to know what will happen next and while we don’t get a cliff-hanger ending as such, it does leave you needing more.

J.A. RedmerskiAbout the Author: J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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  1. I'm happy that you enjoyed it, Sharon! You perfectly described how you felt about the book. I was also worried that things would slow down after you-know-who died but it was still as exciting!
    Lovely review! :)

  2. Love the review! I'm dying to read this one. I love J.A. Redmerski's writing and this one looks and sounds like it could be a pretty intense dark read. I can't wait to meet the characters, and become totally engrossed in the story!

    Chapter by Chapter

    1. Thanks Maryann, once I started this I couldn't put it down, an amazing story with flawed yet really likeable characters.

  3. Wonderful review, and I love romantic suspense you have me curious from the world to the charters.

    1. This was great Kimba! it was a dark and gritty read which I loved.

  4. I LOVE dark and gritty books and killers. I bought this last week and I really have to get to it soon.
    Have you heard of Captive in the Dark by CJ Roberts???

    1. I have been so curious about Captive in the Dark but I'm not sure if I'd really like Caleb - I'm going to have to check out your reviews again.

      I hope you like this one Nereyda, it was quite different to anything I have read most recently which I loved.

  5. I have one of her other books, her first, I think, and have heard amazing things about her writing. This one does sound emotional and gritty but like something I would really enjoy reading about. I love dual POV's too. I'll have to pick this one up!

    1. It was really good Candace, I have just grabbed a copy of her other book The Edge of Never and will be starting it ASAP.

  6. I bought this. I am glad you enjoyed it. Now I am prepared for an intense read. Great review.

    1. I can't wait to see what you think Ellen, I couldn't put it down :)

  7. Hi, I'm looking for another book to read as good or similar to the Company of Killers series. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks



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