Tuesday 21 December 2021

✪ Unforgiven ✪ Sarah Barrie ✪


Once a victim, she's now a vigilante. An addictive and suspenseful thriller for readers of Candice Fox and Sarah Bailey.

Lexi Winter is tough, street-smart and has stood on her own two feet since childhood, when she was a victim of notorious paedophile the Spider. All she cares about now is a roof over her head and her long-term relationship with Johnny Walker. She isn't particular about who she sleeps with ... as long as they pay before leaving.

Lexi is also an ace hacker, tracking and entrapping local paedophiles and reporting them to the cops. When she finds a particularly dangerous paedophile who the police can't touch, she decides to gather enough evidence to put him away. Instead, she's a witness to his death ...

Detective Inspector Rachael Langley is the cop who cracked the Spider case, 18 years earlier - but failed to protect Lexi. Now a man claiming to be the real Spider is emulating his murderous acts, and Rachael is under pressure from government, media and her police colleagues. Did she get it wrong all those years ago, or is this killer is a copycat?

Lexi and Rachael cross paths at last, the Spider in their sights ... but they may be too late ...


 Copy received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest review 

Sarah Barrie, you had me at "once a villian, she's now a vigilante" - and you didn't lose me until I finshed the last word.

Unforgiven has a bit of a noir feel to it for me.  It is dark, it is gritty, yet at times I was laughing out loud - I want a Dawny in my life!

Lexi Winter - my goodness that woman is something else.  After all that she has been through, she does what she needs to do to survive, all whilst helping from the wrong side of the law.

 And she is not someone I would want to p*ss off hahaha.

When her past comes back to haunt her, she doesn't run away from it, she runs at it full pace and tackles everything that comes with it.

I liked how her relationship with Rachael comes back together, and how the trust in each other grows again.

The subject matter is not an easy one, however the way Ms Barrie takes us into the world of child sex trafficking was handled so well (in my opinion) and it will have you sad, it will make you mad, it will make you want to make a difference somehow).

This has been by far my favourite Sarah Barrie book that I have read.  I would really like to get more Lexi Winters in the future.