Detective Darby Shaw is back, and author Liberty Speidel pulls out all the stops to take her on a bigger, badder, more epic adventure. This book finds Darby settled well into her role – using her unique ability to bring murder victims back to life.
The discovery that the killer of the first victim that Darby raised to life has mysteriously died plunges her into a legal controversy, and a disturbing moral dilemma with terrible implications. This leaves her questioning everything about who she is and what she does. The thing that I think disturbed me the most however, is that the people around her didn’t seem too bothered by it. This dilemma is not fully resolved in the book and will likely continue to be a matter of story arc in the future.
At the heart of all of this though is the realisation that there are powerful people out there who have it in for Darby.
Retaliation is much edgier than the first book in the series, and adds a great deal more texture to the world. I continue to be enthusiastic about the possibilities these books offer.