Monday, February 1, 2016

Killing Sarai

From New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.A. Redmerski, comes a dangerous and boundary-pushing new crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers.


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…

At fourteen Sarai was taken from the only home she ever knew and moved, with her mother, to Mexico. That was nine years ago. For almost a decade Sarai was held captive by a notorious Mexican drug lord that her mom gave her to. After so many years Sarai finally saw her chance for escape and took it. She hides away in the car of an American man that was meeting with her Javier, her captor, and hoped he would help her. But she realized too late that she left one criminal empire, just to get caught in another one. 

Victor is an assassin that was meeting with Javier to get the information on a job. He's not a nice man, and he doesn't pretend to be, so when he found a scared girl trying to run from the cartel he doesn't feel the need to protect her. But then he find out that she's important to Javier, the man he's trying to take down, so he decides to use her as bait. 

So many people kept telling me that this series was a must read, but stupid me I waited to read it, and now I kind of hate myself. This book was so...there is no one word to describe what this story was, actually. I was captivated from the very first chapter and found myself immersed in this dark and twisted world that Victor and Sarai lived in. 

The characters were really well developed, and I liked how strong they both were. We didn't get to learn too too much about Victor's past but it clearly wasn't a happy one. He had an air of mystery that surrounded him that drew me into his character, and I'm still dying to find out more about him. What I did find out, I loved, even the evil parts. He was the type of guy that clearly wasn't the sweet Hero, but it was his badass-ness that made him swoon worthy. 

Sarai didn't let the nine years she was held prisoner break her, she fought to get free and once out of that life, she fought to stay out of it. When the story first started I was instantly intrigued by her, and as it progressed I got to see that there was much more to her character than I originally thought. She wasn't just the captured girl that got free, she was brave, and strong, and willing to do whatever it took to stay alive. I loved seeing the complexity of Sarai and it was her character that entrapped me in this book. 

Overall, Killing Sarai is a a wonderfully dark and gritty tale that will snatch you from reality and toss you into the world of drug lords, assassin's, and secrets.The ending wasn't a huge cliffy that will make you want to rip out your hair, but it does leave you wondering what's going to happen next.

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