The real hero of this story is dead. You should have met him. He was a beautiful man. The love of my life. I didn’t deserve him.
Now what’s left are the jagged edges of the person I am without him, and what I have to do to get by. This isn’t even a story about love. Not really. It’s a twisted tale of revenge and hate—a happily never after.
The only man in my life now is the one I have to kill.
I’m Savvy Raine.
I used to be a wife.
I used to be a mother.
Now I am the Revenger
While this author is not new here at BT, she is new to me. This is my first time reading her published work, and it was quite the departure for me.
After Savannah’s husband and child are taken from her in a horrible car accident, she is a shell of the person she was before, when they were alive. Her only family is her brother. She is haunted by her past and sees no future for herself, until she realizes that she could get revenge.
And that is where the book got interesting for me. At 30%, I wasn’t sure if this book was for me, because of the language and violence, but something about Savvy kept me reading. It wasn’t when she was fighting or exacting revenge. It was when she was remembering her daughter, connecting with her ghost that held my attention.
The gravestone felt cold against her back. From where she sat, Savvy could hear the squeals and happy voices in the playground just over the hill. Maybe it was torture to come here. It never brought her peace. It did bring tears. And sitting on top of her husband and daughter felt sacrilegious, but what else could she do? It was the closest thing to hugging them she could find.
She wanted to believe she could feel them, but she couldn’t. She wanted to see them in her peripheral vision. She never did. Her mind refused to play any hopeful tricks at all….
Hugging her stomach, she took another traitorous breath. She told her brother she came here to talk to them, and that it made her feel better. Both were lies. She never spoke a word, in her head or from her lips. The heartbreak was white noise, an endless, desperate background.
I chose this excerpt because it reflects the human side to Savvy, where she seemed relatable to me. The other characters did nothing for me, except for Trooper the dog, but I just kept reading to see where things would go. While I didn’t find the ending that surprising, the ride there was unique, like nothing I’ve read before.
I always want to be honest about my ratings and reviews for books, because I owe our readers and the author that. I found the cursing and foul language crass and over the top, because every character cursed, so their voices/thoughts sounded the same. The extremely descriptive violence was too much and seemed to be for shock value. I didn’t care for Silas Sagan for most of the book. Even by the end, he had no redeeming qualities.
What really saved this book for me was the unique storyline regarding the science behind Savvy’s capabilities, and her drive to be with her family, not the way she went about doing that.
I give this book 4 unique storytelling stars and put it on my “middle-shelf-interesting read” shelf on Goodreads.
***I was given an copy of this book by the author for an honest review. Thank you Debra!***
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