Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers #1) by J.A. Redmerski
Published June 19th 2013
About the book
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…

My Thoughts
FANTASTIC! Really enjoyed this one!!

I didn’t know much about the story when I eagerly jumped into Killing Sarai, but I knew that J.A. Redmerski has a true knack for writing a compelling novel filled with strong and extremely captivating characters as evidence in her novel The Edge of Never. As I journeyed through her newest book, I was surprised to see it was a completely different voice and setting from what I expected, which only proves that Redmerski has was it takes to take her readers on an unexpected journey filled with action and drama.

In this story, we meet Sarai who was kidnapped at the age of fourteen and held captive by a drug lord in Mexico. When the story commences, we witness her first attempt in nine years to escape from Javier’s compound when an American hit man named Victor is hired by her captor for a contract killing. Thinking she can escape, she makes a bold and reckless move by hiding in Victor’s car in the hopes he will help her return to the U.S.

Victor has been trained as a hit man since the age of eight, and relinquished his freedom in the name of “The Order” where he is commissioned to carry out various killings for a lucrative payout. After visiting his latest client, he drives away with one of his employer’s prized possessions. When he discovers Sarai in his back seat, they both realize that any turn they take will land them down Death-wish Drive, and what ensues is a constant challenge of survival.

I was held captive (no pun intended) by this story. Sarai and Victor make one hell of a complicated pair. There was minimal romance in this novel, but that didn’t take away from the emotional punch these two were able to deliver. Hearing their story unfold through alternating perspectives was both emotional and powerful.

The narrative was impeccable! The entire time it felt like a movie that unfolded with constant drama and action. This speaks volumes to Redmerski’s ability at carefully crafting scenes so vividly that you can’t help but picture the images as the action flows through your mind. Well done!

Overall, I truly enjoyed Redmerski’s attempt to deliver a thrilling novel that was filled with suspense and constant action. It might be light on romance but it’s nowhere near limited in heart and emotional power. Great novel that lends a different voice to this amazing author’s ability to tell a great story. I can’t wait for the next installment!
4 Suns

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