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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Red Widow by Nathan Wilson is Book One in the Vivian Xu series, a good murder and mystery story, every bit as entertaining as it is engaging. Life has never been easy for Vivian. She’s been used by the crime-riddled world of the Czech Republic. Now accused of a homicide, there is only one way of staying out of prison — providing her services to a homicide detective who is ready to sacrifice anything to catch a serial killer. Vivian has a very difficult choice to make — to accept the deal and face the killer or to spend many years behind bars. Choosing her freedom, she decides to hunt the killer, but is she prepared for what awaits her? Is the homicide detective right when he says she’s not the type the psycho who would go for? And what if the detective won’t keep his part of the bargain?
Red Widow is a fast-paced and engaging read, a story with a brilliant beginning. Readers know something is at stake when they are introduced to the protagonist rushing to a meeting with the detective. Nathan Wilson does a great job while introducing readers to the conflict, and he does so very quickly. Readers have a good knowledge of who Vivian is and the author builds this character without the boring background story that could ruin the read. The dialogue is plot-driven, and it is essential when it comes to understanding characters and building tension. Vivian is a complex character, a woman who seems to be living on the fringes of society, working hard to live like every other person, without taking cover. Red Widow is a thrill, a great success, and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.