Book Review → Redemption

17824861Title: Redemption
Author: CJ Barry
Series: Soul
Publication Date: October 1st, 2013

Synopsis: Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer of Souls. Her mission is to give Earth’s most depraved sinners a shot at redemption just before they are slated to die. Her own redemption is on the line as she fulfills her duties, leaving a trail of dead bodies in her wake. It’s all going perfectly well until one detective takes notice, possibly bringing her salvation to a halt.

Thane Driscoll is a good cop who’s seen too many bad guys get away, including the man who murdered his father. He exacts his own style of justice, even if it costs him his humanity. A string of mysterious deaths leads him to a woman who’s not quite human and might hold the key to finding his father’s killer.

When death and shadows descend, New York City becomes a battleground for the forces of light and dark. As the body count rises and sparks fly between them, Reya and Thane race to uncover a terrible truth. Can one man hell-bent on revenge and one woman determined to save her eternal soul be enough to keep the planet from spiraling into darkness?

Review: I really enjoyed this book when I started it, but about 75% through it I felt that it started to drag out. I love the world that Barry has built and her amazing play on ‘Heaven and Hell’. I normally don’t read books about angels and demons but she’s done it in a way that it really doesn’t play on a particular religion. Overall they aren’t really referred to as angels and demons but as light and dark.

Also it bothers me that they keep mentioning Thane and his legacy status but nothing is ever really said about what that entails, not even when it is just Reya and Orson talking. I really think it would have added to the book if she had told us a bit more about the world she built. I feel like there was something missing and that overall the story was a little flat.

Stars: ★★★
Recommendation: Borrow it
I received an ARC of this book on Netgalley. This in no way affected my review.

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