Hello, Sunshines, I have the huge pleasure to be kicking off (a bit late in the day) the blog tour for this compelling new book; Orca by Mariette Whitcomb, which is the first book in the new Finley Series. I can’t wait to share my review of this book with you all.
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Emma at Damppebbles for the invite to this blog tour.
About the Book
Orca by Mariette Whitcomb.
Genre: Phycological Thriller/Crime Fiction
Series: Finley Series #1
If you prey on the innocent, I’m coming for you.
War didn’t change me… Four months as the enemy’s captive did. I returned home broken, scarred, the call to combat echoing in my soul. Haunted by the deaths of my squad, a darkness festers inside me, set on vengeance.
Seven little girls died at the hands of the Angel Taker. He thinks himself invincible, taunting the police and the families of his victims with letters. If the police can’t stop him, I will. I’m not bound by man-made laws. Starting with the Angel Taker, I will hunt him and every other vile predator down. The dark web won’t keep them safe; I’m not afraid of the abyss.
I don’t care if this path destroys me, or the police realise a woman is responsible for the bodies found hanging across the city. The victims deserve freedom, and their deaths avenged.
Soon I find myself in the crosshairs of the Marcel Sniper. The worst he does – kiss me. As sure as my name is Finley D. Williams, that kiss is the best I’ve ever had.
Perhaps I’m not alone in this fight after all…
The first thing which sprung to mind about this book when I sat down to write this review was…how do I write this review? How can I do this book justice, and tell the world how exceptional it is?
I was completely blown away with Orca, it twists the senses and has you hooked from the very first sentence, it’s not one for those who like a lighter read, this is hard-hitting, brutally honest and which tackles some seriously haunting topics.
The opening is gripping, we meet the main character; Finley Williams, returns home after four months of being a captive, the ordeal has obviously affected her not just physically but she has been diagnosed with both PTSD and survivors guilt after seeing her entire squad brutally killed before her eyes while she walked free.
Finley is a cracking character she has been through her own hell, she is fierce, strong, determined, protective and full of anger at the injustice of those who have been let down, she has battled her own demon’s not exactly successfully but that raw vengeance and fragility which is mashing up together in her troubled mind makes her the avenging angel she becomes.
She isn’t the stereotypical heroine, she has plenty of flaws which makes you question her decisions and at times her sanity, but she is an impressive woman for sure and you have to admire her grit and thirst to avenge those wronged and I also love that on top of her single-handedly running around like a vigilante …or maybe like bat-woman? There is also the hint of a romance for her, in the form of a super sniper; Marcel.
Orca is written in the first person, we see the entirety of the thrilling storyline through the troubled eyes of our leading lady; Finley. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Finley, she is a wonderfully complex character who has a real passion for helping these young and abused women tell their stories and getting the justice they deserve.
First-person narratives have always been a little hit and miss with me, but Whitcomb’s writing style is engrossing, I love the way she puts the reader right in the middle of the scene, she pulls you into Finley’s fragile yet constantly active mind.
Orca isn’t the easiest books to read, it’s emotionally exhausting, brutally vivid and plays games with your imagination, but saying that you will be bowled over by a plot which is both intricately woven, disturbing and compelling and also heart-breaking and unnerving.
There is something very relatable about this book, the plot is like something from tabloid breaking news, but it’s the raw human emotion especially that of Finley which really captures you. The plot is dark and has been pulled from the darkest recesses of the mind, there is a believability about it which is both shocking and engaging.
Orca is an exceptional debut, I thoroughly enjoyed being transported into Whitcomb’s dark world and I can’t wait to return again, which I hope will be very soon.
About the Author
Mariëtte Whitcomb studied Criminology and Psychology at the University of Pretoria. An avid reader of psychological thrillers and romantic suspense novels, writing allows her to pursue her childhood dream to hunt criminals, albeit fictional and born in the darkest corners of her imagination.
When Mariëtte isn’t writing, she reads or spends time with her family and friends.