Happy release day, Debra Anastasia, and congratulations on the release of The Revenger!
The real hero of this story is dead. You should have met him. He was a beautiful man. The love of my life. I didn’t deserve him.
Now what’s left are the jagged edges of the person I am without him, and what I have to do to get by. This isn’t even a story about love. Not really. It’s a twisted tale of revenge and hate—a happily never after.
The only man in my life now is the one I have to kill.
I’m Savvy Raine.
I used to be a wife.
I used to be a mother.
Now I am the Revenger.
“What the hell are you?” He searched frantically for the door latch, his panic making him oblivious to the open top of the Jeep above him.
He didn’t deserve an answer, and he wouldn’t get one. Only in her head would she respond. She pulled him from the backseat and held him aloft, thinking, I’m a mom without a reason. I’m a person without a life. I’m dead with no escape.
I am constantly overwhelmed by the amount of talent Debra Anastasia has. I’ve yet to meet anyone who can craft a tale the way she can, drawing you in so that you believe the unbelievable—suspend your logical mind and just allow her words to wrap around you and make you witness to the story as if there should never be a doubt about their legitimacy.
The Revenger is her latest tale, and it opens with such pain—a woman who’s lost her husband and her daughter to an accident she feels she’s responsible for—I teared up from the image of her at their unmarked gravestone. For a year, Savvy’s been a ghost of a person, eating because that’s what you do, bathing for the same reason, but not living. Her brother Toby keeps an eye on her, making sure she doesn’t try to harm herself—again. But she’s got no purpose anymore.
A year after the accident, Savvy is just trying to find a way to end it all when suddenly she’s different. Her vision is clearer, she can hear more acutely, and her strength—where did it come from? She sees people differently, too. The bad guys are now crystal clear to Savvy. Is this her purpose? Was she spared from death to stop the criminals? The rage she feels is new and powerful, and it gives her a sense of purpose until she comes across the person truly responsible for the death of her husband and daughter. Is revenge why she’s still alive? Or is her purpose something deeper than revenge? Can she restrain these new instincts to kill and instead, show the killer her truth?
That’s about all I’m going say for now because I don’t want to spoil anything. However, this story takes you on so many twists and turns and ups and downs it should be a roller coaster. I honestly thought I had it all worked out a third of the way in, and let me tell you, I was wrong, wrong, wrong! And that made me so crazy happy! I love when an author can surprise me with plot twists and unexpected turns.
The Revenger is a story about pain. Pain and suffering and hoping like hell that it’s all worth it in the end. And it’s also about love—because, come on, it wouldn’t be a Debra Anastasia story without love in it. It’s not your normal kind of love, though. It’s learning about the different kinds of love. It’s learning how to love and how to accept that love can be real—can exist—and that it doesn’t make you weak but instead makes you strong.
Did it make me cry? Yup. A couple of times, actually, and the last time was simply from the way the author put her beautiful words together. But this book also gave me a sense of satisfaction… you’ll have to read for yourself to understand why.
Congratulations on the release of this amazing story!
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