Series: In the Company of Killers #3
Published on March 5th 2014
Genres: Adult Fiction, Crime, Dark, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.
And then Seraphina was gone.
It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.
But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.
Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?
In Killing Sarai, I’ve come to love Victor Faust and Sarai (or Izabel Seyfried) as the main characters, so when I delved into the sequel Reviving Izabel, I knew what to expect, but was still left surprised because of the huge plot twist that I never saw coming.
To be in love is to be dead already because eventually it kills us all.
Fredrik Gustavsson was introduced in the sequel, so I knew what kind of character he was, but getting into his head was a whole different story. He is called the Specialist. He is the one that you call if you want someone to interrogate. He gets to the bottom of things, one way or another. Imagine Dexter Morgan, but worse.
Is it possible to smell the evil in someone like a canine might scent a tumor? I wonder if my blood smells as disgusting as his.
Fredrik was very much in love with his wife, Seraphina. And in this book, he was searching for her, not because he really wants to be with her, but he wants the closure that he felt he deserved. In a way, Seraphina was like him. They both lived in the dark side, and Fredrik found his match in her.
Her face was full of excitement and danger and risk and trouble—everything I always steered clear of. Everything I was afraid of.
As a Specialist, he prided himself for his instinct to know if someone was innocent, or is a big of a liar. This part of him made me sympathize his inner turmoils.
I don’t kill innocent people. I, while although a sadistic bastard and torturer and killer, have limits and standards.
What surprised me the most was how soft Fredrik was. I did expect a much darker tone to the story, but what I read into it was how, in the hardest of hearts, there will always be a sliver of light.
The pain of being near her and knowing that I can’t give in to my feelings for her, is the worst kind of pain I’ve ever felt.
I choke back my own tears because they’re fucking ridiculous and they don’t belong in my eyes. I don’t have that right. I don’t want that right.
The major twist to the story was a total mindfuck. I was left speechless and I had to put the book aside for a bit to process what just happened. I mean, seriously, no way! I thought…but…but…Yeah, that totally happened.
I never expected to feel Fredrik’s pain, but it was so palpable, that my heart felt so heavy, and I wanted him to come crawling under the covers with me so I can let him cry himself to sleep while I cocoon him in my arms. There, there.
There will be no one after her. There will be nothing after her except the shell of a man I was before we met.
One of the things that I liked about this book is the friendship between Izabel and Fredrik. Izabel found a family in him, and I really loved that Victor understood their friendship. I also liked Dorian Flynn, one of the new members of the Order that Victor Faust started. If the author will write it, I am looking forward to a book about him. I think he’s a very interesting character.
As much as I wanted to give this a 5-star rating, I felt like it lacked the action that I expected from it. The first two books kept me on edge, and I think this is more of a dark romantic novel with a bit of action thrown in here and there. But I still think it was strong enough to make an impact to the reader.
If you’re looking for an adult book series that is packed in with a unique plot, memorable and likeable characters, then pick up In The Company of Killers by J.A. Redmerski. She is an awesome author and I love her books! #
The Interview :
I am a huge fan of Dexter from the TV series, and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him because of how he came to be. What was your inspiration when you wrote Fredrik Gustavsson into the series?
Some of my inspiration came from Dexter, me being a huge fan and all. But Fredrik is very different from Dexter in the ways that count the most – Fredrik feels emotions and he feels them quite intensely. Fredrik doesn’t need to kill, he needs to torture because that’s what he experienced all his young life growing up (though sometimes his victims do die). Fredrik’s ‘need’ is fueled by vengeance and not by an emotional illness. While he was in a way inspired by Dexter, there are many unique qualities to his character that easily sets him apart entirely. I’d say Fredrik and Izabel Seyfried are much more alike. smile
After reading bits about Dorian Flynn, I became curious about him. Will he have his own book in this series?
Definitely! I intend to give all of the main characters their own books, including some future characters that haven’t been introduced.
Will we see more of Victor and Izabel in the next books?
Victor and Izabel are the main characters because the series began with them, so they will show up a lot in all of the books.
Should we expect a realistic conclusion to the series when all this is over? (Not soon, I hope!)
It depends on what your definition of ‘realistic’ is concerning a series like this. The only thing I can say is that I plan to shock everybody with the ending. I love mind-blowing twists and turns my readers don’t see coming. smile
Author Info :
Born November 25, 1975, J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children 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.