Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle—until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share.
And then Seraphina was gone.
It’s been six years since Fredrik’s lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he’s getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia—after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited—suffers from amnesia and can’t give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past—because she and Seraphina share it—but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead.
But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia—because he knows that to love one, the other must die.
Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?
(Note: THE SWAN & THE JACKAL is NOT a New Adult title. It, and all other books in the series are categorized as Suspense/Crime/Thriller.)
Published March 5th 2014
We've been excited to get more of the In the Company of Killers series for a while. The time never seemed to be right, so it took us a while, but can I say just whoa! I have been utterly slayed. I cannot still believe how this book turned out. Right. This book kinda broke my heart a little.
Fredrik in the other books, was introduced as a close confidant to Victor Faust (if he actually has a close confidante) and a sadistic "closer" ,if you will, who does the interrogation of criminals and determines their fate based on whether or not they lie to him. I fell in love with this tormented soul, not because he has a bit of crazy in him, but because his past is daunting, terrible, and makes me want to try to hug him before he tries to stab me! Hah. Fredrik has a blood lust thing going on and normally I'd be a little freaked by someone as dark as Fredrik, but I'm not. His motives made sense to me and while his past his still quite mysterious, the hints made me feel like he was justified in his reasons for why he did what he did. He's such a tormented soul and I, for some crazy reason, identified with his hurt, his pain, and his mindset.
Cassia. What to say about her. I really can't say a whole lot without spoiling the entire plot line! I know she is a conflicting character, that in general I am still in shock over her plight. I love her character, and think that she is a hugely smart matchup against the dark and insanity of Fredrik. I liked Cassia a lot. I loved that her character was both simple and complex-that she had a lightness and a darkness-- and had such a sincere sweetness that balanced nicely with Fredrik and his dark soul.
This read, like I said, is a hard one not to spoil, but hopefully you may have tried J.A's series before, or will with this one. The series is dark, and gritty, and literally about a company of killers. I can't get enough, and can't wait for what happens next! I love this series...it's strong characters, it's mysteriousness, it's insistence on not conforming to one particular genre. I love it and am very eager to see where it takes us next.
Courtney: 4 stars
Shelley: 5 stars
Shelley: 5 stars
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