Thanks to NetGalley and Alibi for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: They call themselves the Serendipity Group, a charitable organization that helps victims take revenge on those who have 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’re 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 knows 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.
Starting with a honeymoon from hell for an innocent young couple, the action starts on the first page and never lets up! Forgive Me is the follow-up to Cost of Life. This is where I ran into a little trouble having not read the first book particularly in regards to character development. So, if this sounds like the book for you, don’t make the same mistake I did. That said, I still enjoyed this book. Xana is a likable but flawed heroine, who is dealing with the aftermath of what happened in the previous story. She’s a recovering alcoholic who also has many positive qualities that will have readers rooting for. She’s got plenty of courage, brains and snark to go with it. Her struggle to overcome her past adds some much needed depth to this story. I found the plot itself to be a little predictable but I still enjoyed the story. There’s quite a few twists that all lead up to an ending that managed to take me by surprise. Overall, I think Forgive Me is an entertaining police procedural and it has me looking forward to the third book. In the meantime though, I need to go back and read the first book!