Review: The Swan and the Jackal by J.A. Redmerski

Posted August 7, 2015 by FMA in 4 Stars - It quenched my addiction!

Review: The Swan and the Jackal by J.A. RedmerskiThe Swan and the Jackal (In the Company of Killers, #3) by J.A. Redmerski
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Series: In the Company of Killers #3
Also in this series: Reviving Isabel, Killing Sarai, Seeds of Iniquity, The Black Wolf
on March 3rd 2014
Pages: 381 pages
Genres: Romance, Suspense


From New York Times, USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author J.A. Redmerski, comes a dangerous and boundary-pushing new crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers.
-Reading Order- #1 - KILLING SARAI #2 - REVIVING IZABEL #3 - THE SWAN & THE JACKAL #4 - SEEDS OF INIQUITY - A Prequel (2014)
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?

JA Redmerski has me at a complete loss. I am not sure if that’s good or bad. It just is. I went into this without any expectations other than excitement at getting to know Frederick, and what secrets he was hiding. In the beginning, things were slow for me, I got bored and confused because Redmerski was holding information back as she was building suspense and her story. Again, not good or bad, it just is how the story progressed. But usually for me, when the story works this way, my mind goes into over drive and works hard to figure out what the missing link is, what the secret is, what the heck is going on, and it usually does figure it out. But not this time. I had no idea that was coming.This is a dark read. A gritty read. And, I am not at all satisfied with the ending. Does that mean it was a bad ending? No, it ended how it should have. But I wouldn’t call it a traditional HEA either.Having said all that, this book was written with the Redmerski touch. She always captivates, engages and details beautifully (even if it’s the darkest subject matter). The characters are very well developed and the plot never falters.

About J.A. Redmerski

J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is an international bestselling author and award winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have so far been translated into twenty languages.

Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have been picked up by one of Brazil’s largest publishers – Suma de Letras; Paikese Kirjastus in Estonia; Ephesus in Turkey; Konyvmolykepzob in Hungary. The series has been optioned for television by William Levy.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN is Jessica’s newest love story.

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