• Title: Orca
  • Author: Mariëtte Whitcomb
  • Publisher: Self-Published on November 24, 2020
  • Genre: Crime Thriller
  • Pages: 237
  • Formats Available: Digital
  • Rating: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: Graphic Violence, Murder, Themes of Child Physical and Sexual Abuse, Human Trafficking, Torture, Kidnapping

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Orca Blurb

If you prey on the innocent, I’m coming for you.

War didn’t change me… Four months as the enemy’s captive did. I returned home broken, scarred, the call to combat echoing in my soul. Haunted by the deaths of my squad, a darkness festers inside me, set on vengeance.

Seven little girls died at the hands of the Angel Taker. He thinks himself invincible, taunting the police and the families of his victims with letters. If the police can’t stop him, I will. I’m not bound by man-made laws. Starting with the Angel Taker, I will hunt him and every other vile predator down. The dark web won’t keep them safe; I’m not afraid of the abyss.  

I don’t care if this path destroys me, or the police realise a woman is responsible for the bodies found hanging across the city. The victims deserve freedom, and their deaths avenged.

Soon I find myself in the crosshairs of the Marcel Sniper. The worst he does – kiss me. As sure as my name is Finley D. Williams, that kiss is the best I’ve ever had.

Perhaps I’m not alone in this fight after all…

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My Review

The first book in the Finley series, Orca, is riveting and emotional. I’m not going to lie. It is a hard book to read. The emotional overtones and the chaotic gruesomeness are very well-done.

To be frank, I skipped a lot of the most horrific details because they were too much for me. But, once I skipped, I could not move forward. It was morbid curiosity that had me circling back and reading what I missed. 

I didn’t understand Finley’s decisions. Nor did I identify those decisions with how her character should be. Her degradation into vigilante mode made no sense to me and lessened her appeal.

I also don’t know how I keep choosing books that describe guns in so much detail. I give not one whit about guns, yet I learned more about them than I ever wanted to know from recent reads. This book is no different. There is no need to describe guns in such detail. When I read a book with action, I don’t care if the gun is a Glock or a Sig. I only want to know that the bad guy is dead.

However, even with my disappointments, I have to say that this book is wonderful! The storyline is poignant yet haunting. But, at the same time, I lived through a mild case of nausea throughout. How do you describe a book that you both loved and hated? That is my struggle now.

I award this book 4 out of 5 stars. The reason is that I wanted to throw the book across the room, but I couldn’t keep myself from reading every word. To me, this is the mark of the best kind of book. When your psyche is battling itself, you are in it so far you can’t get out if you want to.

About the Author – Mariette Whitcomb

Mariëtte Whitcomb studied Criminology and Psychology at the University of Pretoria. An avid reader of psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels, writing allows her to pursue her childhood dream to hunt criminals, albeit fictional and born in the darkest corners of her imagination. 

When Mariëtte isn’t writing, she reads or spends time with her family and friends. 

Author’s Social Media: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Bookbub

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