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?
* I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of Forever (Grand Central Publishing), via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review *
What if you had one last chance to make things right? To change your ultimate fate? Reya Sinclair is a Redeemer. It's her job to offer that opportunity to lost souls right before they die. Their decision doesn't change their death but it does change their destination after.
Detective Thane Driscoll is lost. Bordering on the ledge between good and evil he has become someone he doesn't recognize. He spends his free time searching for ways to deliver his own brand of justice and seemingly try to make up for the past.
When cases come across his desk that all involve a mystery woman, he's sure she's the lead he needs to solve them. She doesn't actually kill them but why is she always there? What are her motives? As he digs deeper he discovers things are about to become more personal. His soul may be the next in danger.
A fast paced world full of hidden agendas, kick ass characters, and secrets beyond your imagination is what CJ Barry brings to the table in Redemption. The story reminds me of why Urban Fantasy was the first genre I truly fell in love with.
Reya Sinclair is beautiful, yes, but she's not some flighty weak woman. She's strong, brave and knows how to handle herself. She had a rough past that she fights to overcome as well as the darker side of herself.
Thane Driscoll is dark and brooding and delicious. He's the ultimate flawed "hero". With hidden talents undiscovered until he meets Reya, we see him change as the story progresses.
The writing was smooth and the pages flew by. The first half was a little slower due to the obvious world building and fact finding and after that it just took off. This series promises to be one of the top!