"This dark and gritty murder mystery debut also highlights the prejudice and racism experienced on a daily basis within British communities. "
With a powerful foreboding energy The Redeemer thoroughly provokes thoughts and feelings. Journalist Shanna Regan investigates a series of vigilante killings with links to the local Jewish community. Written in the first person, Shanna is determined and courageous, along with the flip side that can bring, of being obstinate and headstrong. Her prickles initially created a barrier and I found myself viewing her from a distance, as her defences lowered I began to admire and root for Shanna. Her personality fills the pages and at times encourages an unsettling edge with echoes of sadness as she determines to find answers. As the jigsaw began to form and information filled in gaps, insight and recognition arrived in lightbulb moments. The key themes of identity and revenge hammer home with vivid concentration. In the interests of integrity I want to state that I know the author Victoria Goldman personally, but I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this novel as a Liz Pick of the Month. With an almost glowering intensity The Redeemer not only creates a chilling mystery, it also takes you into the heart of a Jewish community, and for me, opened up a new world of understanding.
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|