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Killing Sarai

(In the Company of Killers #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  30,384 ratings  ·  3,017 reviews
Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy.
Kindle Edition, 3rd edition, 268 pages
Published January 19th 2014 (first published June 18th 2013)
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Hulya Kara Yuksel
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Movie trailer is out now!!! 😎😎😎


OMFG finally we have official photos... 😍😍😍


And you can read Jessica's official blog post. ❤She is also giving some info about book 7!🙂


VICTOR FAUST is getting ready to kill!!! LOOK AT THIS, PLEASE! 😍😍😍

I can't believe this is finally happening. 😎



OMG people look at this!!! K
Kristin (KC)
*4.5 Stars*

Now THAT is how to make readers fearlessly fall for the bad-boy!

Killing Sarai is an action-packed, unconventional love story that will undoubtably push your boundaries as a reader. Its bold setting takes place in a twisted world where kidnapping, sex slavery, and cold-blooded murder barely induce so much as a flinch. Its intensity will astound you and its unique character development will have you unashamedly rooting for the bad-guy—who, quite possibly, is not as bad as he seems...

Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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Wow... just wow. That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about this book. It really ‘wowed’ me. J.A. Redmerski just has a knack for writing my favorite books. This book is so different from the Edge of Never, but just as good. Darker reads, books with a little bit of a twist. Books where the hero is really the ‘bad guy’ too. Those are my absolute favorites. And this book fit right into that category.

Sarai is a girl who has been a prisoner of a Mexican dru
Aestas Book Blog
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

OK. Yeah. I fell for the bad guy.

From the first few pages, Killing Sarai had my undivided attention. Unputdownable!

The story here is that of an American girl, Sarai, who was handed off to a Mexican drug dealer at the age of fourteen by her own mother. Her life since then has been one filled with drugs, brutality, murder and slavery. She knows escape is futile - it would be suicide. Out there in the middle of Mexico, there is literally no where she can go. So when an American hit man comes to
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beautiful but defeated and damaged.

Can he be her savior?

Sarai is a 23 year old girl.She's been held as a captive for 9 years.She cant stand witnessing the rapping and the abusing anymore.She has to escape.Yet her only opportunity for a ticket to freedom is an American.He is a cold blooded murderer but given the circumstances she cant be picky so she sneaks into his car threatening him and she is praying that her plan has worked.However back in the compound she left behind her best fr
Ash Wednesday

Anyone up for some Jeopardy?

I'll take familiar blurbs for 200, Alex.



Okay let's pause for an awkward second and admire the pink, tattooed elephant named Caithness Macbeth in the room.


Everyone good?

Don't get me wrong, this is a totally different story (more along the lines of Leon: The Professional but not as good), but given the distant yet still noticeable similarities with a favorite series and my gripes against this book, I'm having a hard time thinking of what I liked
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

Omg it was amazing!!!Killing Sarai kept me on my toes from the first page until the end!!I was captivated by the thrilling story!!!I love it!! :))

This is a story about Sarai....


who at the age of 14 her mother gave her away to a Mexican drug lord named Javier who has developed an obsessive liking towards her...
She was been forced into a sexual relationship with Javier.
Sarai finally caught a chance for freedom when Victor a hired assassin and a dangerous man visits the compound for some special mi
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
5 Completely Enthralling Stars
I don't think that this thing between us is love, or even lust. It's something else, something powerful and unmistakable that neither of us have been able to ignore. But it doesn't have a face. Or a name.

I am discipline. Sarai is rage.

This book was a roller coaster of emotions that I wished would never end.
I still can't exactly put into words everything that I felt about this book.

I went from




and back to

The writing was brilliant. The story was "unab
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
3rd time reading this and I'm still obsessed with this series

Oh man. This book was like a drug, I craved every messed up page.
Alexis *Reality Bites*
SPOILER FREE REVIEW -mature content reader discretion is advised.
5++++STARS out of 5
Genre: Romance/Suspense


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This is how you do it. This is how you write and tell a story. J.A. Redmerski just set a bar... And that shit is sky scrapper high. Seriously people I inhaled this book in one day. ADRENALINE PUMPING, OMG THAT DID NOT JUST HAPPEN, GASPING FOR AIR, HEART POUNDING, PAGE TURNING, DAMN THAT WAS HOT AS HELL CAN I GET A SERVING OF VICTOR PLEASE!

“There is a stark difference between fear and uncertainty, Sarai. You fear nothing but are uncertain of everything.”

I have had this book recommended to me a lot over the years. But the thing is, dipping into older published dark romance normally isn’t the best experience, so I’ve put off this 2013 publication for a while. But honestly? This actually was a really enthralling read that held up really well in 2018. And I am really excited to continue on with the series.

Sarai - Curren
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
First Read: May 3, 2015
ReRead: January 24, 2016
Third Read: April 13, 2018

ReRead Thoughts: How the fuck did I ever hate my precious baby Niklas. I love you so much.


It's like Mr. & Mrs. Smith in book form. I can't wait to collect the rest of this series and get introduced to all the characters.

MY NON-SPOILER SERIES REVIEW https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVyN9...
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was ridiculous. And I really like it. Can't wait to write a review. ...more
5 **kick-ass** STARS

“Despite my growing fear, I still want to be right where I am, trapped in the merciless arms of a killer.”

My kind of book. I can't even begin to tell you how right this read was for me. Killing Sarai is one of those stories that just clicked with me from the first page. Angst, action, edge of the seat suspense and a subtly developed romance story. None of that insta-lust nonsense.

First and foremost I have to thank my dear friend Jasmine for recommending me this s
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie
5 Fast Paced and Gripping Stars!!!

Sarai has been held captive for nines years, subjected to the whims of a mad man. She has never given up hope of escape, so when she sees an american visitor, something that's never happened before, she takes a chance and risks her life for freedom.

But nothing is always as it seems. Gun in hand, Sarai forces Victor the american visitor to take her to the american border. But Victor isn't the salvation Sarai was looking for, she realises that she may have left he
Jennifer Kyle
”I am discipline. Sarai is rage. I am aware of my choices at all times. Sarai’s choices are more aware of her, lying in wait to decide for her based on the severity of her mood with no intention in leaving her any conscious control over it.”

J.A. Redmerski’s Sarai is nothing like her hit novel The Edge of Never which I loved. This story is an entirely different animal. I read the book the first day it was released but sat on my review because I wasn’t sure I could come up with enough adjectiv
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
So the only complaint I have is I wish there were a little more smuttiness in this book...That's b/c Victor is so effing HOT! But storyline, characters, sexual tension and everything was WOW!! I loved it :)

For some reason while reading this I kept picturing Jason Statham from The Transporter as Victor.
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"I couldn't look a normal person in the eye and tell them what happened without thinking I'd lost my mind, or succumbed to Stockholm syndrome. But Victor could've had his way with me many t
Jacqueline's Reads
I LOVE THIS NEW COVER!!!! OH.MY.GOD!!! It's time to order my paperback :D

6 Stars, no 15 Million STARS!!!!

Full review with guest post J.A. Redmerski - > Jacqueline’s Reads

The very first thing I need to say is that I absolutely, with my heart and every fiber in my body LOVED LOVED … did I say LOVE? YES! LOVED Killing Sarai

Yup, Killing Sarai is up there with Hopeless, Beautiful Disaster, Real and Tangled. I don’t have that many spots on my top favorites, but Killing Sarai deserves that spot
Clumsy Storyteller
“You made me feel real emotions. You unlocked me.”

this book is great, i loved every part of it because it was very unpredictable it was filled with action, suspense, drama, danger, slow-burning romance, it's perfect.

when i started reading it i had a crush on victor, seriously guys by the end of the book i was blindly in love with him, he reminds me of HITMAN the movie.

I am attracted to him. I do have a strange, unfamiliar feelings for him. And I hate it!

Sarai was kidnapped and sold at age 14
Georgia ♥



5 and beyond MIND-BLOWING Stars

...such is the life I lead, a dark and lonely path lined only with the solitude of death.


What is a person to do when forced to its limits? What becomes of victims of abuse when they live through it daily for years? Are we a product of our environment, shaped and molded of the circumstances around us, adapted and programmed to survive no matter the cost? And what is the line that differentiates bad and good?

Frankly, there is no black and white. Just
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
“There is a stark difference between fear and uncertainty, Sarai. You fear nothing but are uncertain of everything.”
― J.A. Redmerski, Killing Sarai


3.25/5 maybe even 3.5
This is my first book by this author. It was a very entertaining novel, with a perfect amount of thrill, suspense and romance ! My only issue with it, is that it wasn't as Dark as I wanted it to be, it started out with a bang and hooked me from the beginning but then quickly fell apart when I hit the 60% mark. So Yeahh, I think
** A spoiler free review**

** 6 Dangerously Sexy Killer Stars**

A MUST read!


This book really had it all! It was a suspense filled, drama packed, thrilling novel with an edge of hot romance. It had my stomach in knots and I was on the edge of my seat from the very beginning. Each sentence was so well put together, the words just rolled off the page like silk. I was completely absorbed in the story, the characters and found myself hanging onto each word like it was my lifeline. I deliberately took
Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
2.75 Stars

I felt like this wanted to be gritty...but not too gritty.
Sarai was supposed to be innocent/jaded..but not too innocent/jaded.
Victor was supposed to be all cold killer dude...but not too cold.

Get the theme?

I felt like everything was done in half measures. Like the author wanted to be "edgy," but only the politically correct version of edgy.

So instead of actually being edgy, most aspects just came across as trite.

Overall, I thought it was decent...and I'll eventually read the next one.

"I am not your hero. I am not the other half of your soul who could never let anything bad ever happen to you. Trust your instincts first always, and me, if you choose, last."

This book had all the elements that I LOVED in a romance suspense/thriller book that it was an absolute no-brainer that this would be a winner for me.

Assassins <- BAMF in suits with guns and multilingual (A lot of bonus points here!!)
Michael Fassbender Victor
BAMF heroine
*** FREE RIGHT NOW!!!!! 🔪♥️💉💀https://amzn.to/2wEINCs


WOW. Just Wow.

Words that come to mind after reading this fantastic little book – Suspense. Drama. Action. Sex. Tension.

I f*cking loved it!!!

Killing Sarai revolves around the heroine, Sarai. She has been held captive under a disgusting Mexican drug lord for 9 years, living on his compound, and has been his favorite ever since she arrived and has not been able to escape.

One fateful night, “The American” aka Victor aka Bad Ass MotherF*cker, come
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I have to say, I was a little nervous picking up Killing Sarai because I’ve read dark stories and I didn’t know if my heart could take it. It was dark, but thankfully not on the level I was worried over. Sarai was a heroine that took an opportunity and ran, and I was rooting for her the whole way!

Sarai was taken from the US by her mother at age fourteen to go live with a drug lord, Javier, in Mexico. Unfortunately for Sarai, Javier always had his eye out for her:

“I call it a sickening obsess
“This goes against everything that I am, Sarai,” he says and then kisses me.
“No, it doesn’t,” I whisper and kiss him back.“It’s you becoming more of who you really are.”

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J.A Redmerski ..

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Holy fuckin shit ....


The ending ... Off the charts amazing !

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Killing Sarai is the story of Sarai , who has been living as a slave to a Mexican mafia/druglord named Javier for the past 9 years of her life . Javier has a twisted description of the entire scenario though . See
Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞
This is a story about two people that were denied a normal childhood and had to change themselves in order to survive. Sarai was given to Javier, a Mexican drug lord, by her drug addict mother (!!), at the age of fourteen and held hostage for nine years. Victor was recruited by The Order at the age of nine and trained to be an assassin, that's right...an assassin. This is their story.

Okay, so let me just start with a couple of things...the first being this book really has a strong Dark Duet vi
chan ☆
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mafia, 2019, dark-romance
why is this hyped
Beatrice Masaluñga
Reread October 2017
- Rereading before Spiders in the Grove releases. I made my guesses of who's going to betray on book 7th and I don't like my guesses at all. It makes me nervous.😩 Anyways, I miss my favorite group of assassins and I enjoyed this book for the second time. I'm still rooting for Victor & Izabel peeps ;)

First read: January 2016

This is one of the cases when you are trying to come up with words but couldn't think of any. I had a hard time
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J.A. (Jessica) Redmerski is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon best-selling author. She is also an international bestseller and award winner. Jessica is a hybrid author who began self-publishing in 2012 and later signed several titles with a traditional publisher. Her works have been translated into over twenty languages and have been optioned for film and television.


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