Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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

Killing Sarai by 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…


Thriller / Suspence


5 absolutely mind blowing stars. This book deserve to be made into a movie. I can just imagine watching it in HD.

Every time when half of the GR page is showing updates on the same book. I know is going to be great and I'm right. I’m so engrossed and immersed into Killing Sarai right from the 1st chapter, when Victor made his appearance and referred as the ‘American’ by our heroine Sarai. This is the kind of book that drew me in right from the start and I wanted so bad to read the whole book in one sitting, but had to succumb to the reality of having to work. 

Sarai is some sort of prisoner of Javier, a psychopathic Mexican drug lord that keeps her with him since she was 14 years old. Sarai didn’t succumb to her fate and had been waiting for the opportunity to escape his clutch. She found it one day when she saw Victor, a hired assassin that shows up at Javier’s place. After she devices a plan of escape and manage to hitch with Victor, she found herself getting in a mess and also a lifetime experience that she had never anticipated. 

Victor, the assassin, found himself reluctantly in the company of one of Javier’s prize possession. Most of the time, we were being kept in dark about his motives of keeping her and he is so damn mysterious. As per the usual assassin personality traits, he is stoic, uncommunicative, cold as a cucumber, but socially adaptable to every circumstance thrown at him. I’m not sure why, but I had a thing for stoic hero. I’m swooning after him the moment he appeared. And he is so badass too.

What really sold me is the romance department, is subtle and simmering at slow current. Not those in your face kind of romance with instant attraction and full of lust. They hardly touch each other more than half of the book beside him tying her up and her trying to punch him. But that only makes me hanging on to their every minor exchange like a dog panting over a bone. The development is much more believable compare to those conventional romances that I usually read. Sarai concern is only to use Victor to help her escape while Victor was thinking how to make use of the situation to his advantage. They didn’t turn into bff all of a sudden and it takes time before they start to care for each other. Many times we can see they are contemplating with their decision, their struggle to trust or to even care. 

Most of the chapters are from Sarai’s POV, but we do get some from Victor’s POV as well. But I need to admit that I much prefer reading about Victor from Sarai’s POV because he is much sexier that way. I actually didn’t really read the excerpt of this book before diving into it. It seems like is already foretold that eventually Victor is putting everything at risk for helping Sarai. He is so selfless and honorable like that for even helping a woman he is not sleeping with.

There was so much that happen in this book, action-packed, adrenaline pumping, bullets flying and so much more. Climax after climax. Just when you thought something was settled or solved, something else happen again. I think I need to take a deep breathe everytime something blew up. Javier, the sick bastard was trying to track down Sarai, Victor had mission to completed, people to be killed and Sarai just want to live. And then she want to follow a different path of life. Most of the time my heart was drumming and pumping hard right along with Sarai. There was so much emotion in this book. I gasped, I shouted, I cried, I laughed and I swooned. 

Sarai was such a strong character. She isn’t a kickass heroine, but she definitely a survival and a fighter. She never let things that happen to her destroy her life. I can’t wait to see how she going to turn her life around after she gain her freedom to do whatever she desire.

“I’m a real piece of work,” I say. “I almost feel like punching myself.”

There was no brutal cliffhanger, thank god. The bittersweet ending makes me sighed and I felt contended with it. I’m sure we will see more of Victor and Sarai soon. I will definitely mark my calendar for the next release. I’m missing Victor already.

“Victor Faust did much more than help me escape a life of abuse and servitude. He changed me. He changed the landscape of my dreams, the dreams I had every day about living ordinarily and free and on my own. He changed the colors on the palette from primary to rainbow—as dark as the colors of that rainbow may be.”

Rating 5/5