Mariëtte Whitcomb | Orca

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The Book: 

Orca by Mariëtte Whitcomb, 2020
Finley Series #1

The Characters: 

Finley Williams
Her sister Lizzie and uncle Tom

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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Orca (Finley Series #1) by Mariëtte Whitcomb

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Book Blurb:

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…

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The Ending:

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Book spoilers ahead–if you haven’t yet read Orca, I suggest you turn back now.

Aiden was the Marcel Sniper. He and Finley end up dating, and she made him promise not to kill anymore.

In the epilogue, we find out that Tom had hired Ari and Eli to spy on Finley and Lizzie. Ari fell in love with Finley, and when he found out she was with Aiden he held a grudge.

My Review

This book was extremely dark and emotional, but also incredibly interesting and suspenseful. I loved the premise of a former soldier turned vigilante killer.

I love this author’s writing style. Each scene was beautifully written, so much so that I could feel myself there along with Finley. I really enjoyed the relationships the characters had with each other, especially Finley and Lizzie. While this book was very dark and in no way cheerful, it was clear how much Finley cared for her sister and that Lizzie was the only thing keeping the darkness from overtaking Finley.

I don’t know if I fully understood Finley’s motivation to become a vigilante. I know she had PTSD from her time as a soldier and was sickened by the Angel Taker’s actions, but some of her decisions seemed to take the hard route rather than the clear, easier path.

The ending was an awesome cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to get my hands on Book 2 to see what happens next. If you are a fan of dark, suspenseful serial killer novels, this book is definitely for you!

I loved the shark and orca analogies throughout the book. There are evil people in the world (the sharks), but there is always something bigger than the sharks: orcas.

I am definitely looking forward to reading the next two books in the series, both of which have already been published. A quick note: the blurb to the second book gives away the twist of the first book, so don’t read ahead!

About Mariëtte Whitcomb:

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. 

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Published in digital format on 24th November 2020

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