Sunday, April 15, 2018

Review: Behind The Hands That Kill by J.A. Redmerski

Behind The Hands That Kill by J.A. Redmerski
Genre: Suspense
Publisher: J.A. Redmerski on May 6, 2016
Format: Kindle
Pages: 204
Source: Bought

Amazon / Goodreads
Even professional killers need vacations, but for Victor Faust, his vacation in Venezuela is about more than relaxation and time alone with Izabel Seyfried. It is a chance for him to come clean to Izabel: to tell her the truth about why he sent her to Italy with his brother, the truth behind his interest in Nora Kessler, and about his knowledge of Izabel’s child with her former captor. But before Victor can spill his soul, reality proves that for some killers, vacations are just pipe-dreams.

Attacked and kidnapped, Izabel finds herself stuffed in a suitcase, while Victor later wakes up imprisoned in a cage. In any other situation, Victor would find a way out and save himself and the woman he loves—but not this time. When the identities of their kidnappers are revealed, Victor loses all hope, and begins the mental process of accepting his and Izabel’s last moments together. And Izabel’s final moments of life.

As if his circumstances are not complicated enough, members of Vonnegut’s Order are finally closing in on Victor. And when they do, he comes face-to-face with someone else he once knew and loved, who could either help him, or make a grave situation much worse. Victor’s past has finally caught up with him: the women he has cared for, loved, and killed; the families he has destroyed; the unforgivable crimes he has committed. And now he must face the consequences, and pay the ultimate price for absolution.

But when it is all over, Victor may not have the strength to pick up what is left and move on. Because the event changes him. Because love changed him. And because, unlike before when he thought it is was for the best, he cannot imagine a life without Izabel in it.

Thoughts: I needed to know all about the man Behind The Hands That Kill. I got that and so much more with present to past through out that fit perfectly with the plot. I loved that I got to experience his past instead of being told.

Not only is Victor and Isabel love tested but also my love for his character as well. He has done many bad things I was able to look past but one particular scene I had a hard time with. As a huge fan of In The Company Of Killers I know J.A. Redmerski is not one to hold anything back with her characters. I should of known she could never be that cruel.  I also should of known that not everything is what it seems to be when it comes to Victor. He always has a reason for his doings. Thankfully the scene I had a hard time with was handled. Because right along with Izabel I would of not been able to look past that.
I had a serious girl crush on Izabel. She has come a long way since the beginning of this series. Her character shined and showed some growth that I understand why Victor loves her.
There are a some new characters introduce. I am not sure about one of them but the other did catch my attention. There was a lot going on in Behind The Hands That Kill. This does leave different directions this series can go in the future.  Best read in order.

Rating: 4 Stars - Loved It

Series Order / Rating
#1 - Killing Sarai - 4
#2 - Reviving Izabel - 4
#3 - The Swan & The Jackal - 5
#4 - Seeds Of Iniquity - 5
#5 - The Black Wolf - 3


  1. Glad to see you enjoyed this one. I'm a little nervous to try this author again after not enjoying the The Edge of Never series, but man. This book sounds killer. ;)

    Great review.

    1. Oh yes I have been there before not trying another series if did not like a different series from a first time author to me. I prefer her suspense over her romance.

  2. Sounds like a lot of cool stuff going on in this book, and the series as a whole. And it sounds intense too.

  3. JoLee I devoured the first couple books on audio and frickin loved them, but then there was a publishing gap for audiobooks and the series fell by the wayside. I so need to pick up where I left off!

    1. Were you able to read Swan And The Jackal book 3? Book 3 and 4 are my favorite. You have to get up to date. Loving this series.

  4. I have *got* to continue with the series! I barely skimmed your review (because I don't want to accidentally spoil myself) but I'm still so glad I saw it. I read the first book (a year ago? more?) and totally enjoyed it but then it kind of slipped off my radar. (I hate when that happens!) I even have the next 3 books or so on my shelf ready and waiting. I need to pick up Surviving Izabel soon!
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    1. Oh Tanya you are missing out. I hope you get a chance to catch back up. Book 3 was my favorite and nothing I have ever read before.

  5. This one sounds really good. I would have to start them in order like you suggest. I also love reading the characters grow. Great review!


    1. Yes have to start in order. Get answers from previous book.

  6. I have heard how good this series is, but I haven't had a chance to pick it up yet.
    God to see that you were kept on edge and that things weren't always what they seemed.


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