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Villain by Caro Savage

Title: Villain

Author: Caro Savage

Published on: 6th October 2020

Genre: Mystery and Thrillers

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Detective Constable Bailey Morgan is back at doing what she’s good at – working undercover. It’s Christmas Day and Bailey’s birthday when she receives a call from Frank – a cop with whom Bailey has worked with previously.

A son of a crime lord was blown to death. The victim was a C.I. and chances are, someone who knew his true identity killed him. What the case needs is ‘a woman’s touch’. Bailey is chosen for the job as she has experience posing as an undercover cop.

Bailey is still fighting the demons that haunt her day and night. After the last undercover job went horribly wrong, Bailey was captured and abused – mentally, physically and sexually. She’s still dealing with the scars that disfigured her body.

Bailey’s job is to make her way into the Crime Lord’s empire, posing as a buyer of arms. Meanwhile, Bailey’s father has fallen seriously ill. He wants her to find his missing daughter – Jennifer – Bailey’s elder sister who went missing when Bailey was 6.

Villain is a fast-paced, jaw-dropping thriller by Caro Savage. I was hooked on to the story and could not put it down until the end. The story is sure to bring shivers down your spine.

Bailey Morgan is a pro when it comes to working undercover. Although her last job went horribly wrong, a few sessions with the department’s shrink brought her back to work. No matter what, Bailey wants to do her part in serving justice.

Bailey’s love for her work started soon after her elder sister Jennifer’s disappearance. The cops had searched high and low before pushing the files into the cold case unit. When Bailey joined the department, she tried her best to look at the case with fresh eyes but her efforts went down the drain. Mister Signiss, the imaginary friend Jennifer had, might have been not-so-imaginary. Did he really exist? Was he the one who took Jennifer away?

Throughout the story, we see Jennifer going through bouts of anxiety – a side-effect of the psychological trauma she went through when her cover was blown. She tries to hide the scar on her face with her hairstyle but it still attracts a stare or two.

Nancy Molloy, the victim’s mother runs the Organized Crime business. Her younger son Rick might be the boss but he’s still Nancy’s puppet. Nancy is a revengeful, vile and vicious woman. She’s hell-bent on finding her son Adrian’s killers and bringing them to justice – in crime lord style. There’s another person who’s name I wouldn’ mention here – only because they hold an important clue in solving the case. There’s also a startling revelation on the home front for Bailey – No spoilers. 😀

Villain by Caro Savage is a well-plotted and well-written thriller. You will never see the twists coming. Just when you think ‘Gotcha”, there’s another twist. The story is totally engrossing and keeps you on the edge of the seat. A little trigger warning with the torture of physical and sexual kind. Nothing in detail though.

Caro Savage is an excellent storyteller. Be it the writing or the character development, this story is absolutely mind-blowing. Since I have been raining praises, it goes without saying Villain by Caro Savage is a highly recommended read from me.


Many thanks to Rachel for the blog tour invite.

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