Monday, December 1, 2014

REVIEW - Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers #1) - J.A. Redmerski

TITLE - Killing Sarai (In The Company Of Killers #1)

AUTHOR - J.A. Redmerski


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 Review:

Wow! I'm speechless, this book was incredible. I had been in a complete book funk for a few weeks. I couldn't seem to find something to read that I could continue with. Then I decided to try this. I'm so glad I did. 
This story is unique, with it's raw and gritty, dark story, I was hooked. 
The writing style completely captivated me, I couldn't stop reading. Just what I needed to get stuck back in to reading.

Sarai, was 14 when she was taken to Mexico by her mother. To live with a powerful and heartless drug lord. A man who also makes his money in slaves. Which is what happens to Sarai. She is left with him, and becomes his most cherished slave. For nine years, Sarai is imprisoned in a large compound with other girls for 9 long years. She has to watch countless scenes of violence and rape. Usually to the other girls she is imprisoned with. Some of the things she has seen, should scar her for life. Yet we learn that Sarai isn't like most. Her survival skills are amazing.

We see this at the start, when an American comes to the compound. He is an assassin and is there to collect payment for a hit he has been hired for. 
Sarai sees him as an opportunity. The first American she has seen in a long time, and freedom out of the compound. So she hides out in his car ready to get away from her hell. 
Except Sarai has no idea who the American, Victor is, and what he is capable of. Although free in one way, she is now trapped again. She is now on the run, and wanted by the Mexican drug lord, he is not prepared to give up his property and will do anything to get her back. 

So begins their story, one minute running one way, then running back. Although free from the compound, Sarai is now starting another kind of fight. Victor and Sarai find their own bizarre kind of normal. What Sarai comes to see, doesn't phase her, she has already seen so much and seems to be able to handle it. The building chemistry between Victor and Sarai is also really intense. Victor will not give in to it and fights it, but it's obvious something is going to happen. The wait is addictive.

Pretty much every page of this book is packed with action and nail biting tension. I loved the detail that went in to the background on this world. Nothing was skipped or glazed over. The combination of the incredible writing and the amazing story was such perfection, that the romance element just sweetened the deal, and made this story incredible. I can't wait for book 2. I need to know what is going to happen next!

5 Huge Stars. 

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