I’ve waited for this story since The Thief when we got a glimpse of a destroyed Murhder at his B&B in South Carolina. He has the distinction of being the only member of the Brotherhood to be expelled. Over 20 years ago, he left Caldwell a broken and damaged man after having taking revenge on some really bad people who brought harm to a pregnant woman who still haunts him. Wrath declared him insane and kicked him out. He’s headed back now as that woman has asked for his help in finding her son. Meanwhile, Sarah Caldwell, a researcher for a biotech lab, has discovered some disturbing information about her company and her covert investigation has her crossing paths with Murhder.
As with every one of these books, there’s a lot going on. Rather than go into detail, I’ll give them a brief mention. Throe moves forward with his diabolical plan, which has entangled John Matthew in a terrible way and he’s resigned to a fate only he’s aware of. There are some strange shadows that pose critical danger to the vampire community.
But the heart of the story is all Murhder as we’re given so much insight from his point of view. He’s a complicated man who’s been disconnected for two decades. His relationship with Sarah was a lifeline, for both of them. It was lovely being a part of their discovery and his reawakening. I like seeing a misunderstood character triumph, not necessarily in others’ eyes but his own and I was rooting for him like I had some investment in the outcome. I guess I did because the author took me there.
Another unexpected aspect was Murhder’s developing relationship with John Matthew. I’d forgotten that Darius was his best friend and he was unaware of his death. Since Darius was killed in the opening chapter of the first book in this series, it was a real gift to learn more about the man who fathered John Matthew and built the enclave for the Brotherhood.
I really enjoyed this story and can’t ever imagine not hearing Jim Frangione narrate the story. The time just melts away as I’m transported into this world that’s like catnip for me. I’m now team Murhder and I loved the ending. And, this was a kinder, gentler Brotherhood and I think that was to give way to this man. Nicely done!
- Release Date: April 2, 2019
- Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #17
- Narrator: Jim Frangione
- Audio Length: 11 hours
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)