The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.
Three years ago, I had everything.
A beautiful wife.
A reason for living.
Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.
They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.
A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.
I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.
Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.
An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.
If she doesn’t destroy me first.
WARNING: **Not recommended for readers under the age of 18 due to graphic violence, sex and strong language. Trigger warning for self harm.
I don't hide that I flove dark books, dark thrillers, psychological mind f**ks, etc. Well, thank you Keri, because this is another one that I fell for!
I expected so much from this book, even though this is my first Keri Lake book, just from the book's blurb. I read it, and I knew that this was a book I NEEDED to read. I didn't just want to read it, need is the right word! I needed the darkness the blurb promised. I needed that excitement of the thriller side of the book. I needed the characters to mess with my head. Well, I got everything I was hoping for, and then some.
I will warn those who might be teetering on this one or plan to read it... There are some really gruesome parts in this book. Although I embraced them, those with weak tummies might not. So if you don't like gruesome, just be warned, there are a few parts where you may want to cover your eyes and shut your imagination off.
I honestly, wasn't sure where Keri was going to take me with this book. I have read kidnapping books before (and was pleased with them), but as I read this one, I prayed that it would stand out. I didn't want it to fall into the lake of all of the others. It sure didn't. Like a butterfly, it flew out the window with it's own beautiful uniqueness. It stood on its own feet. It took my breath away.
Retribution is always a good theme for a good story. Everyone loves to see the wronged make their own rights. In this case, more people have been wronged than you think. As this story unfolds, so does the taste for blood. As the taste for blood gets stronger and stronger, so does the need to see torture and killing. This has it all... all in gory detail in some cases. An ear here, a finger there, a life over here... It's all the same. A means to an end... An end you may or may not want until you get it!
So since I have nothing but great things to say, you are probably wondering why I didn't give this a five-star rating. You may think I am an a-hole for this reasoning, but it is just something I can't seem to look past. Sorry. This story also is part love story. No biggie. I can dig it. However, there were a couple of sex scenes that went on way too long for me. I felt they were overkill, which is a buzz kill for me. One of them literally lasted for two whole chapters. I just can't look past this. I lost the "groove" I was on while reading these scenes. Aside from these, this would have been a five-star for me. Many will love it no matter what. Many will and already are giving this book rave reviews... This is definitely a book I am recommending you read.