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Reviewed by K S Marsden for Readers' Favorite
In The Executioner by Ana Calin, Alice is hardly a regular student, an ex-heiress who has just had her heart broken, but soon she is about to find out how dangerous the world truly is. The story follows Alice as she tries to move on with her life, after her plan to show that her ex-boyfriend loved her, and not her money, backfires in a spectacular way. The moment she spots a new student, Damian, she is instantly distracted. Alice finds herself embracing life and its challenges again, and is keen to take a hiking trip with some fellow students, up into the mountains. An accident with their train is the first clue that not everything in Alice’s life is as it appears. Suddenly she is thrown into a world of danger and, with every answer, there’s a hundred new questions.
I really enjoyed Calin's suspenseful story, The Executioner. It’s a lot darker than I was expecting, with a lot of violence, bloodshed, and twisted morals. The Executioner really hooks you in, and pulls you along, constantly guessing at who Alice can really trust. All of her potential “allies” have very big question marks over their heads, as they expertly offer their version of the truth to win Alice over to their side. Alice is often left in the middle, constantly at war as to follow her heart or her head, afraid of what will happen either way. The love interest is a straight-up Edward/Christian control freak, setting strict rules about what Alice can and cannot do, who she is allowed to speak to or interact with - which doesn’t appeal to me - but, I’m sure some people will find his overbearing protectiveness attractive. Overall, the story is a great, supernatural spin on a government suspense. I will be continuing with the series.