Forgive Me by @joshuacorin

Forgive MeThey call themselves the Serendipity Group, a charitable organization that helps victims take revenge on those who’ve wronged them. But when the group’s hit list leaks, the hunters become the hunted—and two innocents are caught in the crossfire.

A pair of newlyweds are waylaid in Atlanta after a bad storm disrupts their flight to Paris. They are stuck in a dingy airport hotel room—until a stranger insists the happy couple take his lavish suite. But the man’s kindness is a ruse: They are being used as bait, and soon find themselves prisoners of a maniac with a hacksaw—all because of a list of thirteen people marked for execution.

Ex-FBI agent Xanadu Marx doesn’t know how her name ended up on the list, but she’ll be toast if she doesn’t take herself off it. Now a civilian on parole after a career-killing mistake, Xanadu Marx supposedly has three days to live, and the question isn’t whether she has an enemy gunning for her, it’s which one. But when two wide-eyed newlyweds may have become collateral damage, Xana realizes that there are some sins that can’t be forgiven.

ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: ★★★★★

One-Sentence Summary: An ex-FBI Agent has to figure out who is out to kill her before it’s too late

Review: Ex-FBI Agent Xanadu Marx is pretty much unique amongst crime thriller heroes: she is a recovering alcoholic, lesbian, ex-FBI agent and full of snark. And whilst she is undoubtedly the central character in the story and around who this series is built, this book is more than just about her, and is told from the perspective of many different characters – and that is what makes this book so interesting and so easy to read.

I read the first book in the series but I have to admit that apart from the fact that I enjoyed it, I don’t remember much so I had a tiny bit of trouble at the start trying to remember who Hayley and Em were and how they had met Xanadu and the only thing that could possibly be improved in the book was maybe giving more context for people who hadn’t read (or forgotten!) the first book.

As to the rest, it was absolutely gripping. I especially loved the opening couple of chapters which almost seemed to be poking fun at the crime genre by making the whole situation quite ridiculous and like the start of a joke – what do you get when a Haitian priest, a mortgage broker and a newly wed couple all end up in a luxury hotel room ……?!

The twist at the end? I totally didn’t see coming and it made my jaw drop. Now who do I need to kill to get my hands on the third book in the series ……

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