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Killing Sarai kept me on my toes from the very first page until the end. I was instantly captivated by the thrilling story, the perfectly crafted characters and the amazing writing.
"Javier saw something in me he didn't see in the other girls. I call it a sickening obsession, he calls it love."
I'm mostly good at judging whether I'm going to like a book or not just by reading the first chapter and after reading the first chapter of Killing Sarai I was hooked! The story begins immediately and I was spared all the introduction that many authors unfortunately think is important to understand their books better, which to me it isn't.
I like it when I'm thrown right into the action and more or less left to myself to figure out what is going on and who the characters are, it's much more realistic and exciting that way. So I LOVED that this book began in medias res.
The writing of the book was fantastic. I was captivated by it and hung unto every word as if my life depended on it. The pace is constantly high and after finishing a chapter I felt like I had been holding my breath through the entire thing.
And I loved that though the book dealt with very serious subjects like violence, drugs, sex and slavery I was also able to smile a lot while reading. It is all about the small moments.
"I don't move. She may have guts, but she's still fidgety and it would be unfortunate if she shot me by accident."
Victor was wauw and swoon and scary! I was really confused about him because a part of me felt like I shouldn't like him, because he is a killer and really cynical and he. was. scary!
But I quickly came to adore him. He has not had an easy life, and I do have a very soft spot for the wounded anti-hero.
And his ego is HUGE! (Just look at that previous quote) But he was confident in himself and his own abilities in a way that made me respect him.
And ahh swoon when he revealed that he actually had emotions (which didn't happen very often) I was weeping with joy and totally swooning like the fangirl I am.
"I want her to look upon me, just for a moment. But she never does and I walk away."
"He's smiling. Not just his eyes, but his lips, too. He's so beautiful to me. So dangerously beautiful."
.. Like I said, it's all about the small moments - and those moments were precious to me!
Sarai is one strong woman and I liked her instantly because she wanted to escape on her own from the man who had kept her captivated the last 9 years of her life.
She has a very strong survival instinct and though she has had a difficult life she still has the ability to love and care, which I found to be a very important characteristic.
Throughout most of the book I was waiting impatiently for something .. anything to happen between Victor and Sarai but not much did and in the beginning I was SO frustrated with that, but then I realized that the romance between Victor and Sarai was so perfectly written because it was realistic to the story and to the characters, which made what they had so much more important and deeper, and though there weren't any great love declarations their romance still made me swoon.
And the suspense .. ahh be still my frantically beating heart!
I could not put this book down! Something was always going and .. and come on, the title IS Killing Sarai so I was so scared for her throughout the entire book.
And those last 4 chapters, GAH! I was so scared of what was going to happen. With this kind of book where you already know before you begin reading that you definitely won't get a happy ending with butterflies, unicorns and rainbows I always pray for a somewhat happy ending that at least won't crush my heart.
This quote reflects pretty well how I felt when the book ended:
"But then my smile fades and my heart finally dies completely (...)"
My poor heart! But at least there is going to be a sequel, phew! And I'll be counting the days until I can read it.
This book is a must read and I would recommend it to everybody who loves great writing, well-rounded characters and a plot that steals your breath away!