Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Where Evil Waits by Kate Brady Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

Special prosecutor Kara Chandler is very good at her job, so good that a homicidal mastermind vows to kill her and everyone she cares about. Desperate to save herself and her son, Kara seeks out cartel hit man Luke Varón. The last time she dealt with Luke, she saw him beat the system and escape prison. But now, the most dangerous man she's ever met is the only one who can keep her alive.

Luke Varón isn't who he appears to be. After spending years in the criminal underworld, he seeks redemption . . . and revenge. Yet when he sees the fear in Kara's eyes, he can't walk away. People around her are being murdered, and only he can help uncover the killer's motive. Now as danger closes in, Kara and Luke must trust each other with their darkest secrets - before the evil in their lives destroys them both."

Those two lovebirds, Kara Chandler and Luke Varon, are really adorable. Both of them. Cute, especially with Kara's fiery manner and Luke's sort of smug (there's no better words to describe it; how about this one: knowing things other people don't) attitude. It's like staring at two puppies for Christmas. Very cute, very aww! 

The creeper. Sasha is the creeper/serial killer/villain of the book. A disgustingly good and skilled serial killer, Sasha is a hard one to catch. Apparently, he did some jail time early in his life, then went back to stalking Kara. Oh please. This detail isn't a spoiler. (Well, sort of spoiler? It was mentioned in the first chapter of the book). Ah...oh, well. The secret ("secret") is out, I guess. Anyway, I just want to say that this guy is really sick. I mean, sociopath sick. Very smart, but mentally ill. Sometimes, I want to shoot him in the face or kick him in the place that will make him squeal like a little girl. The author did a very good job of creating hatred toward this villainous character. She made me hate him with a passion. 

Where Evil Waits is mostly a book about "How?" and "Why?" It's not a classic "Whodunit?" book. It's a more of a "How did Sasha kill people?" among other questions. The "Why?" is "Why the killer does this?" The plot slowly takes you down the road, answering questions you didn't even know you had. Using a series of flashbacks, the plot jumps back and forth, from the present to the past. Too bad there isn't a psychic reading along the lines. (Psychic reading isn't needed; it would be interesting if it was there though). No flashforwards, if you must take a note.

Kara Chandler cares for her son, is somewhat suspicious of Luke, and came from a rich family. The third part is sort of truth. She was adopted by a rich family. What's even more sad is that it looks like she didn't seem to have a great relationship with them. (Lots of spoilers in this section). Anyway, she's a widow. She's determined. She's smart. She's angry at pretty much the entire world. And she's scared. (Actually, screw angry. She's scared for her son's life. As for her life, she doesn't really care. Like a true mother...)

Luke Varon is the "bad boy" (notice the quotes) of this book. He's no evil guy. He's actually (and strangely, at first) the good guy. He did a favor for Kara and had the hots for her. I thought that feeling was one way until I read Kara's POV. Luke is smart and truly sweet in the inside. He's the one who is pretty much changing in character. Hah! He's changing alter egos. After all, he does work with the... (gasp!)

What's great about Where Evil Waits is that it's a standalone book. There's no need to read the previous book (about Town Sheriff Mann). It's so easy to abscond yourself into the book. Disappear and settle into the book. It does have a nice ring to it, right?

Rating: Four out of Five

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