Thursday, 23 January 2014

Wild Justice

Wild Justice is the final instalment of the Nadia Stafford trilogy and therefore this review may contain spoilers for Exit Strategy and Made to Be Broken.

Jack brings Nadia an offering, a file on the man who raped and killed her cousin and got away with it. If she wants, she can kill him, or Jack will do the honour. But stirring up the past brings Nadia face to face with some harsh truths and someone is out to get her.

It’s been such a long time since the last Nadia Stafford book, I had given up hope of getting more but I am so glad Kelley Armstrong decided to finish off her story. I always enjoyed the tenuous relationship between Nadia and her mentor, Jack, and here we get some closure and well as delving into her uncomfortable past, the very reason she became a professional killer in the first place.

If you never liked Jack, you may be in for a disappointment. This is mostly about the tentative relationship between him and Nadia. He is still gruff and economical with his words, but his sentences do get longer…well, yes he speaks in sentences. In the previous book, Nadia had realised she wanted more from him than the fatherly, mentor role he provided but was clear that he didn’t want the same. He’s a lone wolf, but one that’s aging in a profession that doesn’t take kindly to age. That foundation is built upon in Wild Justice and I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between them.

As for the thriller side. They’re hitmen (or hitpersons, not sure what you’re meant to call them) so there is a certain amount of subterfuge and killing, but I think Kelley’s voice shines through it all. Nadia is often the first to point out the clich├ęs or schoolboy errors that others might make or think about when it comes to her profession. The warmth in her characters is the same as her other series, and makes this trilogy one to read even if thrillers aren’t your thing.

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Book Source: Purchased

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