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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** Review by Author Carol Gambill

“Comparing Scars” by John Walker is the second of four books from the “Dark Retribution” quartet.

“Jake and Louise feel compelled to confess their darkest secrets to each other before they can commit to a life together, comparing the scars life has made on their personalities and souls, knowing that their confessions will either strengthen or destroy their relationship.

Interwoven into this is the police hunt for a criminal responsible for explosions occurring around the city, Jake's obsession with a decade-old undetected murder, his own recent Near-Death-Experience and Jack Parrish: a friend he has not seen for 16 years, believed to be dead by some, while others believe he is a fugitive suspected of several killings, still alive and living in hiding.”

After reading “Comparing Scars”, one can’t compare the first book of the quartet with the second.

“Comparing Scars” rolls with a slightly different tempo. Here Jake and Louise, already in admiration of each other, spend several days together and through that time intimate and decisive secrets are shared, although both are somewhat reluctant in revealing. Through it though, they learn about one another and because of those revelations, a deeper respect and love is reached.

Jake appears to be a laid-back and level-headed bloke even after a past of being bullied. The author tells us how strong the individual has become from them, especially after being trained in his youth as a fighter by some of the best. He is confident and loyal.

Louise is an understanding woman. One that can see passed Jake’s history and love’s him unconditionally. She is patient and kind.

I like how John Walker makes his main characters genuine through a realistic environment while convincing it further through circumstances, particulars of places and people encountered along the way.

Although the beginning of “Comparing Scars” was a bit slower than I would have wished, it allowed the reader to become more personally in tune with Jake and Louise while both; the newest characters introduced and Jack’s reappearance delivered an intrigue and taste of the next book in the quartet.

Of course, the book’s cryptic element in everyday occurrences should be noted with why things happen the way they do. But still the significant question lingers in the why Jack and Jake mutually experience this deeper spiritual sense.

“Comparing Scars” is a elaborate read with genuine characters and scenes. It is a great commencement for what is to be experienced in succeeding books.

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