“I am the girl who fell in love with a killer, and the girl who still loves him despite knowing what he’s about to do. I accept my fate. I am fearless. Bold. And ready. I am Izabel Seyfried.”- Izabel, Behind the Hands That Kill
Synopsis via Goodreads: Even professional killers need vacations, but for Victor Faust, his vacation in Venezuela is about more than relaxation and time alone with Izabel Seyfried. It is a chance for him to come clean to Izabel: to tell her the truth about why he sent her to Italy with his brother, the truth behind his interest in Nora Kessler, and about his knowledge of Izabel’s child with her former captor. But before Victor can spill his soul, reality proves that for some killers, vacations are just pipe-dreams.
Attacked and kidnapped, Izabel finds herself stuffed in a suitcase, while Victor later wakes up imprisoned in a cage. In any other situation, Victor would find a way out and save himself and the woman he loves—but not this time. When the identities of their kidnappers are revealed, Victor loses all hope, and begins the mental process of accepting his and Izabel’s last moments together. And Izabel’s final moments of life.
As if his circumstances are not complicated enough, members of Vonnegut’s Order are finally closing in on Victor. And when they do, he comes face-to-face with someone else he once knew and loved, who could either help him, or make a grave situation much worse. Victor’s past has finally caught up with him: the women he has cared for, loved, and killed; the families he has destroyed; the unforgivable crimes he has committed. And now he must face the consequences, and pay the ultimate price for absolution.
But when it is all over, Victor may not have the strength to pick up what is left and move on. Because the event changes him. Because love changed him. And because, unlike before when he thought it is was for the best, he cannot imagine a life without Izabel in it.
Deciding that they are in need of a vacation, Victor and Izabel head down to Venezuela to spend some time together. But this is more than just a vacation. Victor hopes to finally come clean to Izabel about his past and about a few other secrets he’s been hiding. But his plan is shot to hell when the couple gets abducted and taken to an unknown location.
The past has come back to haunt Victor and in order to save the woman he loves, he must confess all his sins. In the end, only one of them will make it out alive. Let the confessions begin!
“Killing someone you love is not something one can ever prepare for. And in my case, it is not something one can change, either. Whether by my hands, or by the hands of my enemies, Izabel was destined to die too soon—and either way, it was me who ultimately kills her.”
Behind the Hands That Kill was my MOST ANTICIPATED release of all the releases for 2016. Redmerski announced that the sixth book in the In the Company of Killers series would be a surprise release and I stalked the both Amazon and Goodreads like a CRAZED FAN so I could get my hands on it as soon as it went live. Then, the day came. THE BOSS ARRIVED!
THIS WAS ONE HELL OF A BOOK! There was never a moment where things slowed down. There were many times I had to take breaks and deep breaths because TOO MANY things were happening at once. THERE WAS ABSOLUTELY NO CHILL! Redmerski does not spare out hearts!
We finally get to know more about the boss, Victor Fraust, and learn how he became the cold-blooded killer he is today. Usually a man of little words, Victor does a lot of talking throughout this book. It’s CONFESSION TIME and all will be revealed. Each confession takes a toll on Izzy and Victor’s relationship and this maybe the last straw that finally breaks the camels back. I really enjoyed seeing this other, a bit more emotional, side of Victor. We never really knew what was going on in his head and I always questioned how true was Victor’s love for Izzy. But now, there is no doubt in my mind that this man loves Izzy. He is willing to sacrifice everything for her, kill for her and Izzy does not hesitate to do the same.
Izabel is AMAZING as always. She’s is a survivor and puts up a fight until her last breath. I’m actually really proud of the decisions Izzy made in this book. It shows her growth as a character, to want to be an individual who can stand on her own and not depend on Victor to protect her all the time.
There are two JAW-DROPPING plot twists in this book that made me drop my eReader. I can’t believe that Redmerski even went there, although I shouldn’t be surprised. Like I said before, NO CHILL WHATSOEVER!
“I am the ticking time bomb. I am more unstable that I ever could have imagined. You are discipline, and I am rage. And the only way I know to control the chaos inside, is to eradicate the things that control me.”
We are introduced to a number of new characters in this installment. The Stone siblings are completely insane. Although I may not like them, I got to say, they have taken this story in a whole new direction. They are completely wild, lethal, and unpredictable. I’m not sure if they can be trusted but I hope that none of these new characters do anything to jeopardize the lives of my faves, or I may just have to kill them myself.
The ending gave me heart palpitations. Things have gone beyond tense, this has become EXCRUCIATING PAIN! I really can’t predict what is in store for these characters and I fear for all their lives. The next book is going to put kill me, I know it.
“The stars will die before we do, Izabel…the stars will die before my love for you does.”
I anxiously await the next installment in this series. I have a number of theories and I hope things play out like how I think they might because some of these things will be game changers and will lead characters to having to make tough decisions. Also, Redmerski has no plans to wrap this series up anytime soon and I am so excited. BRING ON THE KILLER ASSASSINS. I AM READY!