- Tapa blanda: 391 páginas
- Editor: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (19 de junio de 2013)
- Colección: In the Company of Killers
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1490436529
- ISBN-13: 978-1490436524
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº156.206 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 19 jun 2013
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From New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal best-selling author J.A. Redmerski, comes a dangerous and boundary pushing new crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers. --- -Reading Order- #1 - KILLING SARAI #2 - REVIVING IZABEL #3 - THE SWAN & THE JACKAL #4 - SEEDS OF INIQUITY #5 - THE BLACK WOLF #6 - BEHIND THE HANDS THAT KILL --- 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.
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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, two cats 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.
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I love Redmerski! I finished this book in just a few hours because I couldn't tear myself away from it. I seriously cut a family outing short because I HAD to come home to find out how this one ended. It's a long story with lots of twists and turns. I think I went through every possible emotion while reading this one. I was angry, scared, frustrated, hopeful, confused........but in a good way. :) This is one of those books I know I will pick up again and wish I could read it as though it was the first time. The story is unique and the characters are complicated. The ending was perfect for them and their situation. I don't want to elaborate on why because I want to be sure not to give anything away. Don't go into this one with the expectation of sex sex sex. It's there in the slightest bit but it's so far from the central theme from the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I can't wait for the next one in the series.
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!
Redmerski's story about Sarai and Victor isn't rushed or filled with ridiculous dramatics like so many books these days. Sarai is a very strong individual that is explored and explained quite well psychologically. Her relationship with Victor and how it evolves is well-paced and believable in it's progression. The dual perspectives add a lot to the story and the voices of the characters are distinguishable from each other, which isn't always the case when an author attempts to write from such a strong male's perspective. Victor and Sarai are such well thought out characters with so much depth. Their reactions and thoughts felt very genuine, allowing the reader to feel as if they truly understand and empathize with them.
While a lot happens in this book, it's done in a way that doesn't make the reader become bored with the story and wonder when it's going to end. While Livvie and Caleb will always be my favorite couple, I fell in love with Sarai and Victor and cannot wait to read what happens next.
Thank you Redmerski for such a wonderfully captivating story!
The first night I picked up the book, I stayed up until 4 in the morning. Nevermind work or school schedules, I could not stop reading. And when the book was over, I didn't have the normal "awww, butterflies" or "well, that was nice" feeling. No. It was something else. I was hooked from page one, and my heart was pounding all the way to the end. An entire movie manifested in my head, complete with dramatic fight scenes and its own soundtrack. I was into this book.
There was a little bit of everything during this emotional whirlwind...Rage, fear, and wide-eyed panic...You know, the good stuff to keep you on edge. Scene after scene, author J.A. Redmerski writes every conversation, every move, every detail so vividly. The emotions just flew off the pages and hit me, sometimes a startling jolt and other times a paralyzing agony.
Victor Faust turned out to be the exact kind of "hero" that I needed to read about next. A murderous hit man, you ask? Well, no...Tough, calculating, and completely in control? Yes, I'll have some of that. Victor is not a conventional hero, but he's an irresistibly complex character nonetheless. In the beginning, his demeanor was cold and business-like, but I couldn't help but be impressed with his efficiency and his ability to always stay a step ahead of everyone else...He's the type of intelligent/dangerous that you just can't tear yourself away from!
To me, there were really two sides to this book. One had Victor quite literally in the driver's seat...methodic and commanding...and that part felt fast, frenzied, and exciting! The second is when he begins to revolve around Sarai and that cold facade of his starts to break down. Although still action-packed, it has a more poignant feel, the more he watches her and understands her.
If you didn't get the hint from the assassin-hero and the reckless-heroine, though...this was also not a typical love story. *rubs hands together maniacally* While tension undoubtedly builds and an attraction is there, the "romance" doesn't show up immediately. (Let this serve as a warning if you're the type who likes the squees and awwws from the get-go!) I actually preferred the pacing! It would've been worse to feel rushed into believing their connection. Instead, I watched a pretty heartrending struggle unfold. These two ultimately share a dark and unusual connection...Violence. Death.
The book is told mostly in Sarai's point of view, but several chapters from Victor's perspective are woven in. Afterall, Sarai was held captive for years and doesn't know much about the "outside" world. Victor's POV is much more composed. It provides a reprieve from the chaos and confusion going on in Sarai's mind, and it provides an element of mystery that Sarai's POV cannot. I was wondering so many things about Victor, his past, and the Order he works for...Mentally pacing back and forth about what his next plan would be...
There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me entertained and a little bit unnerved, but at crucial points in the story, I got what I needed...that satisfied feeling after a revelation, of everything coming together and clicking. In a matter of a few pages, I went from typing notes like "WHAT WHAT WHAAAT" to ones like "WELL THEN, TWIST, YOU WIN." (I may have been a little amped up...) The moments of action and suspense were even enough to give me chills. The standoffs and the confrontations...Chills.
In the book's closing moments, though, Victor managed to melt and break my heart...not just Sarai's, but mine too! He confides in her and does something so ARE YOU KIDDING ME? amazing...Then, it happens. The "Knife, meet Heart" moment. It was a bittersweet ending, but it left the impression that something else and something big was looming. This book just took hold of me, and I was completely immersed from the first page to the very last. I could not wait to dive into the rest of the series and right back into the chaos of Victor and Sarai! Killing Sarai is a 5-star must read!