Book Review: Ricochet by Keri Lake

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Title: Ricochet
Author: Keri Lake
Genre: Dark Romance
Length: 21 hours 36 mins, 600 pages
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis

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 son.
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.

Grace Review

WOW! That was my first thought after finishing this book that was easily one of the most intense stories I’ve ever read.

So many feelings and emotions rolling through me:
Fear, of the terror unleashed by a psychopath. Fear of the unknown.
Sadness at the loss.
Anger and horror at actions of many.
Hope that peace would be found.

Physically, it felt like I was:
Being chewed up and spit out, over and over.
Kicked in the gut.
Left on the side of the road, as roadkill.

And I loved every minute of it! Really!

The point of this review isn’t to turn you off from reading the book. Did you not see my rating? The point is warn you of the level of darkness you are getting into, but if you can handle the dark, this book is an exemplary take on a story of vengeance.

Set in the crime filled streets of Detroit, corruption runs deep, led by Michael Culling, the seriously fucked up Mayor. He is a true villain, with no a speck of feeling or remorse for his actions. Rather than joining forces with good, he creates his own personal army, the Seven Mile Crew, to weed out parts of the city or population he wants to control, a play on his own last name.

Cull: transitive verb
1: to select from a group; choose
2: to reduce or control the size of (as a herd) by removal (as by hunting) of especially weaker animals, to hunt or kill (animals) as a means of population control

Part of the weeding included the family of Nicholas (Nick) Ryder. Through a series of flashbacks, the horrors that fell upon Nick’s family are told in detail. These scenes are not for the weak of heart. Nor are the scenes that follow as Nick seeks his revenge against those that destroyed everything that mattered.

You destroy a man’s life, he seeks revenge.
An eye for an eyes.

And that’s what Nick becomes known as, the Eye for an Eye killer.

While the violence is handed out in heavy doses throughout the book, a love story slowly builds in the background. There’s a lot more to Aubree, Michael’s wife, than Nick expected upon kidnapping her. Hate and anger towards one another morphs to something more as small truths are revealed. With trust and a shared hatred for Michael, the connection builds stronger.

“I’d kill for you.”

There’s a bit of the twist to the story. I personally didn’t figure it out, but looking back, I saw all the clues were there (the two people I group read this with figured out the twist, but they are smarter than me, so . . .). Looking back after the twist, it all makes sense.

This is the first book I’ve read from the author, and it certainly won’t be the last. Not only did I love her crazy fucked up mind, I loved how she wove together three distinct POVs, Aubree, Nick, and Cox (the evil Chief of Police how supported Michael’s plans). Each added a layer of tension to the story, and in the case of Aubree and Nick, some softer points to lessen the level of tension. The words that built this story, are harsh and unforgiving, yet poetic.

A slow, morphine drip of satisfaction swam through my veins, making my heard pound.

This book sucked me in from the first page. My only regret while reading this was that I couldn’t read it all in one sitting. This is one of those books you sit down to read and look at the clock 4 hours later, hands shaking. If you can handle an intensely brutal but powerful story, I can’t think of anything I’d recommend more than this one.

– Grace

*An ARC was received from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

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