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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In Pacific Reaper: Detective Emilia Cruz Book 5 by Carmen Amato, the dead body of a gang member is discovered inside a tent in the remote Coyuca Lagoon reserve. It’s a ritualistic murder, a sacrifice to Santa Muerte, Mexico’s forbidden saint of death. The case instantly proves difficult for Emilia and her partner, Silvio, when their tech refuses to process the crime scene and their only suspect suddenly dies while in custody. Then mutilated bodies hanging from billboards start to appear. Emilia’s skills and resoluteness as a detective will be tested as she and her partner continue to dig further into the case. When the people closest to her get hurt, Emilia starts to wonder if the supernatural is in the works.
From the beginning, it’s clear that Pacific Reaper is a standalone book, even though it’s the fifth instalment of the Detective Emilia Cruz series. The plot is well-structured, but pulls no punches and sometimes is not an easy read－gruesome murders, drugs, gang wars, and corruption among others. The suspense builds gradually, which serves the plot well when all the dots get connected, one by one. Some parts of the narrative are slightly lengthy with details, but overall the pace of the plot and the storytelling is good. The lead characters made an impression on me, particularly Emilia. It’s easy to root for her as she has to balance her family, her love life, and her work that comes with difficult colleagues and even difficult tasks. All in all, Pacific Reaper is a good read and another solid instalment from Amato for fans of the series.