Savage Reckoning by C. Hoyt Caldwell

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4-stars

With a badge pinned to her chest, she didn’t give a shit what the town or God thought of her. She was the law. 

I was not expecting to love this as much as I do! Honestly, I started the first few pages and thought ”oh God, this is going to be bad,” but I persevered because I feel I’ve given up on a lot of reads lately and I’m so glad I continued with it. As soon as we met Step and Kenny talking about anal sex, I knew I was going to love this novel, (that sounds all kinds of wong).

Step and Kenny are closeout kings… in other words they’re hitmen. But they’re not all evil and malicious, they got feelin’s too, “Well, now I’m just all kinds of hurt. Neither girls has plied their horny ways on me.” No but in all seriousness, they’ve got some sort of morals, and these morals are what lead us into the rollercoaster ride of a story this is.

Our MC Dani Savage (ridiculously cheesy cool name) is the only deputy that takes her job seriously around Baptist Flats and so when she hears stories of a bunch of missing girls from in and around her area she can’t let it go and has to do something to console the many broken and distraught mothers. A bit of a fuckup closeout jobs leads Dani to Step and Kenny where they enlist each other’s help to get to the bottom of the mystery of the missing girls.

This is by no means a sophisticated, thought provoking novel, it’s just pure grit, humour with a couple of inciteful anecdotes, “Each woman’s got a different ‘forget-shit’ trigger, Kenny. A man’s whole goddamn purpose in life is to figure out that trigger and pull it”, mashed together to make an excellent, fun and exciting read. Each character, no matter how small or large their role in the story, was developed brilliantly and although there were some obvious parts of the plot it didn’t even matter because you’re having too much fun reading it to care about the fact you can guess what happens next.

Genuinely one of the funniest novels I’ve read in such a long time even if it does deal with some pretty gruesome stuff. Anyone bored of meaningful, eye-opening type thrillers? Well pick this one up as your next book to help loosen you up a bit. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for more from Kenny and Step!

Buy it here!

I’d like to thank Netgalley and Random House Publishing Group – Alibi for the opportunity to read this in an exchange for an honest review.

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