The Executioner by Shauna Allen

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Title: The Executioner

Author: Shauna Allen

Genre: Family/Romance/Drama

Rating: *****

Review: The opening to the Executioner was great, we meet Officer Asher Creed working in a prisoner with death row inmates after being medically discharged from the army. After his latest execution he runs into a true crime columnist called Genevieve Stone who agrees to talk to off the record. We learn that Asher comes from quite a large family that are all boys except for their sister Claire who mysteriously disappeared ten years before, we start to get a bit of backstory and the prologue begins to make sense. I loved watching Levi and Asher interact as it is a typical brotherly relationship although both have their own problems.

As we approach the ¼ mark in the novel we see Asher and Genevieve meet for dinner to discuss the execution of  John Moreau, during this dinner we see Asher gets extremely comfortable with Genevieve and they talk extensively about their lives and families although he leaves out the fact his sister has been meeting for ten years. Asher gives Genevieve a little information but they do agree to meet again. We can see the pair both like each other although Genevieve’s motivations may not be true but only time will tell. We also see Asher’s family is a good family but they don’t really talk about the dark things in their lives like Claire’s disappearance or the death of Levi’s son; Asher’s nephew.

As we cross the ¼ mark in the novel we learn more about the Creed family including that Silas and Claire were twins and because of this he is kind of left out because everyone sees Claire in him. Out of all the family Asher seems to be the most affected by his sister’s disappearance. We also see him and Genevieve meet once again and this time it becomes more personal when Genevieve tells Asher she is going to seduce him once the story is over and he’s up for the challenge. We see both Asher and Genevieve open up to each other about their lives in a way they haven’t before with anyone else.

As we approach the half way mark in the novel we see Asher ask Genevieve to write an article about Claire just to see if it leads anywhere new after 10 years on uncertainty and not knowing where she went. I loved how Asher and Genevieve actually ended up in a relationship – it kind of reminded me of the Okay scene from the fault in our stars – and they arrange to meet the rest of the Creed family to being working on Claire’s article. I just loved seeing Asher and Genevieve open up to one another but we also see how good Genevieve can be for the Creed family, she even brings Silas out of his horrid mood and brings a feeling of hope into the family home.  We can also see Asher and the Creed family give Genevieve something she has never had before in a loving family environment. We also see Genevieve get closer to the Creed children as she questions each of them for the article. When she talks to Silas though I get some weird vibes like he knows more about Claire’s disappearance than he is letting on.

As we cross the half way mark in the novel we see Genevieve complete her article about Claire which when reading it made me well up so much. We also see Asher and Genevieve officially become a couple and begin to work on being in a relationship which neither of them has done for years. A day after the article about Claire was posted in the Herald the Creed family get a phone call saying a backpack was found almost identical to the one Claire had when she went missing, they also found a mobile phone inside which they are trying to access to prove it is Claire’s. Asher seems to know in this moment that this is the beginning of the end for this chapter in their lives and he knows that they will find out what happened to Claire in the end. He also begins to admit to himself that he loves Genevieve especially when he begins to think about weddings and babies with her.

As we approach the ¾ mark in the novel we see the Creed family identify the backpack as Claire’s and they are happy as this is the first sign of Claire in nearly a decade but sad because this could mean that she is dead and that her body will follow eventually. I was pleased to see that despite Claire’s backpack being found the family only grow stronger and come together in a way that many fictional families don’t they would fall apart. We see Asher completely open himself up and give himself to Genevieve which she gladly accepts. The family also prepare to search the area where the backpack was found and Asher is beginning to believe that Silas is right in his assumption that Claire is dead.

As we cross into the final section of the novel a week of searching goes by with no more leads so the police call off the search indefinitely, at the same time an horrible article written by Genevieve is printed leaving Asher hurt and angry although he soon realises someone tampered with the article during editing. The final 20 pages of this novel were beautiful as we see Asher and Genevieve moving in together and get engaged but heart-breaking when a body is found. We don’t know if this body is Claire’s or not as the novel ends but I really hope there is a sequel to this book at some point, even though there is a book about Levi I want to know what happens to Asher and Genevieve after the discovery of this body.

Overall, I loved the executioner and would highly recommend it. It is a great crime/thriller/family drama with a really adult feel to it.

This book was sent to me for review consideration by Hidden Gem Books

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