Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski
(In the Company of Killers #1)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 20th June 2013
From the author of the New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling novel, THE EDGE OF NEVER, comes a story of passion and survival…
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…
Age Group: General Adult 17+
I raise the gun a little higher, settling the barrel at the back of her head, but not touching it. I don’t want her to be afraid before she dies and although I know she fears nothing, death is something we all fear in our final moment even if only the smallest part of us is conscious of it. I don’t want her to fear it at all and she can’t if she doesn’t know that it’s happening.
“How old were you when you became what you are?” she asks.
Caught off guard by the question and maybe more-so by the shifting of the mood, I hesitate before answering.
“I was nine.”
She sniffles and wipes her eyes with the hand near her cheek.
“You were very young,” she goes on. “I guess in a way like me, you never had a chance to live a life of your choosing. I guess maybe we aren’t really so different from each other.” She pauses. “Except I might be more like your brother than I care to admit. He’s as angry as I am.”
I release my finger from the trigger and slowly, so she doesn’t know, move the barrel away from the back of her head.
“It must’ve been hard growing up with Niklas,” she says.
I set the gun back on the bed next to me and before I know what I’m doing I’m cradling the back of her head in my hand again.
My Review ~ ‘Killing Sarai’ by J.A. Redmerski ~ 5 Stars
I’ve spent the last few hours since I finished this book struggling to write a review, as all I seem to be typing is ‘wow’. ‘Killing Sarai’ is a phenomenal book, and is one of those stories that has you on tenterhooks from beginning to end.
I’m not usually one for gangster/mob type stories, and have only recently begun to really enjoy this type of genre, and I am so glad that I have branched out to reading this type of story, otherwise I’d never have read this incredible book.
I loved how the characters were depicted in this book, especially since in a lot of these types of books, the hero tends to be a bit romanticised. I loved that there were no false impressions given of the characters. Nobody apologised for who they were, or tried to make excuses for their behaviour, they accepted their load in life and got on with it, and this was such a refreshing change, and really made me connect to the characters so easily.
The development of the characters in this book, in particular Sarai, was stunning to read. There was a real transition between the girl we see at the beginning of the book, and the more hardened girl who we see at the end. I loved that there was a real question that resonated within me as a reader as to the question of nature versus nurture. By having witnessed all of the things that they have in their lives, does this mean that there is no hope for Sarai and Victor to leave this life behind them, or are they permanently scarred by their experiences.
The way the importance of family runs through the story and between the characters was a beautiful addition to a wonderful love story. We question whether the bond between brothers is stronger than the bond between a man and a woman he has sworn to himself to protect. Niklas’ character was one that I imagine a lot of people will dislike, but I instead found myself sympathising with him, despite being afraid of his actions. Sarai has never had a proper family, and has grown up only with those who she has then lost. For Victor and Niklas, through all the losses in their lives, they have always stood by each other, even when they had to stand against powerful people to do so. Their loyalty and devotion to each other was beautiful and I really admired Sarai for telling Victor that she wished she had a similar sibling relationship.
Overall this was an amazing novel, that really question’s what to be innocent is. A heartwarming and heartbreaking story of love, loss, betrayal and destiny.
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.