Title: Soul Reapers (Eli and Ava Thrillers #2)
Author: Shay West
Published Date: 30th November 2015
Rating: 3 stars
*Thanks to the publisher for the review copy*
Synopsis: Detectives Elliot “Eli” Robbins and Ava Aguilar are stumped by a series of seemingly unrelated kidnappings. Utilizing all possible resources, Eli and Ava struggle to find answers despite little physical evidence and few witnesses. When a strange piece of paper is found at one of the crime scenes, it sends Eli and Ava on a chase for a killer who isn’t what he seems.
Review: This book took me quite a while to read because it was fairly long. I was curious to try another book in this series after the interesting murder mystery twist of the first book. And this book continued to be just as unique, adding a religious twist to this murder mystery which puzzles all the usual detectives who wouldn’t even consider something supernatural being related to the murdering at all.
This book brings us back to the old characters although you don’t really need to have read the first book to understand this one. Ava is back looking young and beautiful as ever with Eli, her work partner still wanting to be with her but not wanting their job to get in the way. Eli keeps on trying to move on from his ex-wife and has a pretty difficult time in this novel as Ava starts to seriously date someone else for the first time. Love problems do have a little tie into this.
I wanted to be able to rate this book higher, but the middle, after getting introduced to the case, really dragged for me. It seemed to be repetitive and not really amounting to much. The writing style was alright but nothing too amazing to keep me hooked even when the plot was dwindling. It was such a shame that there were absolutely no leads until 75% of the way through the book because if more happened, I think I would have been able to enjoy the book a whole lot more.
BUT the ending of this novel was quite the something. In fact, I loved the ending so much that once I got to that final 25% I couldn’t stop reading until I knew how everything went down. I wish I could take scissors and cut out the last quarter of the book and make it it’s own novel (with a little of the beginning glued to it) because then I am pretty sure it could’ve gotten a full 5 stars from me. There was so much suspense in those last moments! The main character had to make a really tough choice which tugged at my own morals and values as well. It was the kind of decision that a whole ethical debate could have been based around. It was a brilliant way to end the novel.
The final paragraph ended on a cliffhanger that leaves the promise of more book one characters returning to the limelight and another sequel to come in the future. I’m not sure how I feel about that yet, but it gives me some food for thought.
Olivia’s Question: Would you be able to sacrifice yourself for the sake of the whole world?