Review: Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong

Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong (UK edition)

Title: Wild Justice (A Nadia Stafford Thriller, 3)
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Publisher:Sphere (26th November 2013)

Wild Justice: the dramatic finale to the Nadia Stafford trilogy

Ex-cop Nadia Stafford has a dark secret. After taking the law into her own hands she was kicked off the force . . . and entered the shadowy world of guns for hire. She has her own strict code – works only for one crime family, only kills the really bad guys. But when a hit goes tragically wrong, Nadia is devastated. Is is time to leave the business for good?

Before she has time to decide, Nadia discovers that her own life is under threat. And worse – that terrifying events from her past may have triggered the attacks. With the help of Jack, her enigmatic mentor, Nadia is forced upon a dark path – towards the truth and towards her final destiny.

Rating: **** (4 stars)

WILD JUSTICE brings to a conclusion Kelley Armstrong’s brilliant Nadia Stafford trilogy. When a hit goes tragically wrong, Nadia is left adrift and unsure of her future. Wanting to help her, Jack presents her with a case that might very well provide Nadia with the closure she is looking for…

Kelley Armstrong is without a doubt one of my favourite authors. I found her first through her adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy series, and have since devoured everything I can get my hands on by her. If, like me, you are a fan of hers then you might want to consider checking this series out. There might not be werewolves or necromancers, but following Nadia and her job as a gun for hire will definitely keep you turning the pages.

At first, WILD JUSTICE presents itself as a typical book within the Nadia Stafford trilogy, but once the hit goes terribly wrong and Nadia is presented with the case by Jack things start to get interesting. The case is linked to a particular event in Nadia’s past that has played a huge part in her life – and the books. The plot of the book slowly unravels, and as you turn the pages the more you want to know what is going to happen next.

Nadia Stafford is an interesting character, and her story is both a compelling one and one that feels recognisable. She is a character who it is very easy to empathise with – you can see why she took the path she did. WILD JUSTICE provides a few revelations, and I enjoyed using the new insight to look back at past events. Jack is, as always, Jack: a gruff figure who provides support and guidance. WILD JUSTICE too provides insight into his character, and I really liked the fact that we finally get to know a little bit about his past.

WILD JUSTICE provides an adept conclusion to the Nadia Stafford trilogy. Armstrong provides a compelling story, and at the same time manages to wrap-up most of the plot threads of the trilogy into a solid conclusion. Although this series is meant to be a trilogy, I’m kind of hoping that there will be more stories set in this world.

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