Redemption is the fifth book in the brilliant Ash Park Series by Meghan O’Flynn. This series just goes from strength to strength, each book delivering an intense, gripping, and polished read. As I have said numerous times now, I am so impressed with Ms. O’Flynn’s ability to spin an incredibly clever thriller- her books just get better and better as the series evolves. The amount of tension, suspense, shocks, and brilliant twists, surprises, and puzzling situations that she infuses into each story really makes me sit up and take notice- always unpredictable right up till the end- delivering heart pounding, stomach clenching, and mind-blowing reading. I read the instalments in fairly quick succession because I didn’t want to forget any of the details- so as each story unfolded, I was held in its grip, anxiously holding my breath, glued to the pages and clamouring to find out what happens….. and I’ve loved every single breathtaking moment.
I suppose that this could be read as a standalone if you really wanted to- but, I strongly recommend reading the entire series (or at the very least books #1 and #4) before starting this one and I will explain- this story takes place 6 months after the events of the previous book and there were pertinent, tragic developments that set the tone and mood of this book and impacts on one of the major characters mindset, in a huge way. The author also takes us full circle, taking us back to where this journey began by revisiting events and storyline from book #1- so I feel that having all that information is also important because it gives you a greater perspective of events, motivations, and insight into the recurring cast of characters, backstory, and other pertinent information. All of which will enhance your overall reading experience of this book (and series as a whole)!
Detective Edward Petrosky is a broken man. He was already heavily burdened by tragedy and pain from a traumatizing incident 10 years earlier, where his young daughter was brutally raped and murdered. Then the devastating events in the last book (#4) only compounded his feelings and self-loathing, as well as destroying the last remnants of his shattered soul- intensifying his guilt and self-recrimination. He’s in a major funk, down so deep he can’t see any light, feeling like he’s failed all the people he loved. But Ms. O’Flynn will push him to the limits, maybe even going so far as pushing him over the edge. He is thrown into a complex and multi-faceted investigation where the ghosts of the past come back into play. He’s thrust into the most intense situation to date! I can’t say too much more without giving away spoilers but suffice to say I gnawed off all my fingernails as I accompanied him through this shocking, thrilling and complicated story.
I really, really, really, really hope that this isn’t the last we’ll see of the Ash Park Series (hint, hint, Ms. O’Flynn ?)
Thank you, Ms. O’Flynn!!!
Reviewed by @angelahayes