The Darkest Half by J.A. Redmerski

November 22, 2022

"I know who you are, Victor."

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The Darkest Half by J.A. Redmerski

In the Company of Killers #8
Release - September 19, 2022
Genre - Romantic Thriller
Multiple POV - 1st person
Heat - 1.5 out of 5
Format/Source - ebook borrowed through Kindle Unlimited
Length - 210 pages
Publisher - Indie (Lonely Raven Studios)

Other books in the series: Killing Sarai * Reviving Izabel * The Swan & the Jackal * Seeds of Iniquity * Black Wolf * Behind the Hands That Kill * Spiders in the Grove

With the abandonment of Victor Faust and nowhere left to go, Izabel sets out on her own to continue the assassin’s life she has grown to become so intimate with. But she quickly learns the hard way that such a life cannot be survived alone. Within months, she is captured by The Order, with the true identity of the ever-elusive Vonnegut just a hair away. And to make matters worse—or better?—her cellmate is none other than Niklas Fleischer.

While Izabel and Niklas are being left to starve to death in hopes that their capture will result in Victor Faust’s surrender, Fredrik Gustavsson has also found himself in a predicament of his own. Willa, his childhood savior who became the most notorious female serial killer of the modern age, is keeping him imprisoned. But what does she want from him, a woman devoid of empathy or the faintest understanding of human emotion? And what will become of Fredrik if he fails to give her what she wants?

In the suspenseful conclusion of the In the Company of Killers series, Vonnegut will be revealed—to Izabel and Niklas’ shock and devastation—and the lives of the once thriving rogue Order led by Victor Faust will come full circle.

And not everyone will make it out alive.

My Two Cents

3.5 "Is this really the end?" stars

After seven books that had me worrying over the fate of these characters, pulling my hair out, biting my nails anxiously... We're finally here.

It's the final book and yet, there's so much story that could still be told that I'm not holding my breath that this is the real end.

So where does this book leave those we've come to care about?

Izabel and Nick were taken captive and for those that always wanted them to be together... get those thoughts out of your head. It was torture to watch them devolve and slowly die together, all in an attempt to draw out the true target: Victor. And where was our illustrious anti-hero? You'll never guess. And I can't even tell you because with the amount of twists and turns this story took, anything I tell you will spoil it.

Know this... Izabel was still one of the most unaccomplished agents I've ever seen portrayed. Girl still couldn't catch a clue. Her thoughts were so simple. You're about to die... where's your mind at???

And then there's Fredrik. I don't even know how I feel about where his journey took him. I didn't like it and I'm hoping there will be a book out there one day to give his time with us a proper end.

Nora made an appearance, but she wasn't given the true shine she deserved. I'm not her biggest fan, but she played her part and she did it well and I don't think this book did her justice.

All I know is this: my mind was blown by some things that happened in this book; I'm still on the fence when it comes to Izabel; Nick deserves all the best the world has to offer; and I will never get enough of Victor Faust!

About the Author

J.A. (Jessica) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon best-selling author. She is also an international bestseller and award winner. Jessica is a hybrid author who began indie-publishing in 2012 and later signed several titles with a traditional publisher. Her works have been translated into over twenty languages and have been optioned for film and television.

In addition to writing books, she works with various programs to create her own cover art, interior art, design, formatting, and fantasy maps. Jessica loves The Golden Girls, Xena: Warrior Princess, nature, the universe, anime, manga, bookstores, and fantasizing about the apocalypse. She is from the United States but currently lives in Mexico with her husband.

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  1. Wow- this sounds like quite the ending even if everythnig didn't quite wrap up perfectly. I hope you get that sidebook... and that the author keeps exploring this world. We always need more, right? Especially w/ certain characters :)

    1. I hope so too, otherwise I'll always be left feeling like it was unfinished.

  2. YES! I totally agree with this review. So good with twists but still frustrating. I wanted more for everyone. Great review!

    1. Thanks! I knew you'd get my meaning exactly 😊

    2. I totally did! That Fredrik stuff and then the end. I needed more info there, too.

  3. This is an author I definitely need to read! I want more romantic thrillers on my belt and I need more to add to that category for the Romanceopoly this upcoming year! I can see why the heroine was a cause for concern though.

    1. If you enjoy them, this series is definitely a must-read! With each book, I couldn't put it down and it's a story that sticks with you.


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