Sally Mellors is back in K.T. Findlay’s An Implacable Woman…
Thank you to Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for giving me a free Advanced Review Copy in return for an honest review.
This book is the sequel to A Thoughtful Woman, which I reviewed back in April. It starts off right where the first book left off, on the golf course. In this book, Sally is approached by a local farmer, Josh, who is worried about his daughter Janice. Janice’s husband was arrested for domestic violence against his wife and was sent to prison, but only received a year’s sentence. He will be getting out soon, and Josh (and Janice) are both terrified that his daughter will start getting hurt again as soon as he’s back. So, Sally (dressed as Selina) is back out on the hunt…
You can find An Implacable Woman on Amazon.
I really enjoyed A Thoughtful Woman — it’s a really thrilling read with some great characters. I read this straight after finishing the first book so I would have it fresh in my mind when writing this review. (Check out my review of A Thoughtful Woman!)
In An Implacable Woman we learn more about Sally as well as Emma, Sally’s best friend. It’s great to go deeper into their motivations as Sally (as Selina) is back out targeting men who hurt their wives. Sally examines her own reactions — can she continue to act normal, or will her violent tendencies get away with her? And is she really a cold-hearted killer? Sally’s advice to some siblings that her and Emma come across are inspiring. I love that she talks to them like adults, and encourages them to make art if they want to.
The impact that Selina’s actions are having on the wider community are explored in this book. The women in the area are cheering for Selina and see her as a hero. Local men are worried they may be Selina’s next victim so domestic violence reports are down by 90%. Perry, a local policeman, feels emasculated as Selina has done more to help others in a few months than he could through legal means over the past few years.
Sally is still a great character, though I didn’t agree with all of her decisions in this book. She does make some mistakes in this one (no spoilers, though!). I was worried that the books may start to become too unbelievable if each murder was carried through exactly as planned. She does have a lot of good luck though!
I was a little disappointed that Freddy and James, the agents from the first book, did not appear further in this one. They have a brief appearance at the beginning and the end. I hope they will be back in a future book as I did miss their sense of humour and banter!
This was another fantastic read! You don’t have to read A Thoughtful Woman to enjoy this but I’d certainly recommend reading both in the series. (Especially as A Thoughtful Woman is a very thrilling read!) I am really hoping for a third, I can’t wait to find out what Sally will do next!
K. T. Findlay has also posted additional maps of the area in which the books are set on his website.
The blurb for An Implacable Woman
If a tooth costs a tooth and an eye costs an eye
When a man hits his wife, then it’s his turn to die
Furious that the courts and police can’t prevent respected surgeon John Kirby from beating his wife, Sally Mellors steps in to save her. Permanently…
But Grace Kirby isn’t the only one who needs saving and Sally quickly discovers she’s taken on a much bigger job than she’d thought.
With her unique ability to blend justice with fun, Sally sets joyfully about the business of removing the monsters from women’s lives, but is she in danger of becoming a monster herself?
As her friends in the police get ever closer, Sally has some serious questions of her own to answer.
I’m the author of the Sally Mellors adventures and the Prince Wulfstan books.
Ever since I first saw James Burke’s wonderful Connections series, I’ve been fascinated by the way a single new idea can change the course of history. The more I learned, the more intrigued I became about how some ideas stuck while others initially sank without trace, only to resurface perhaps hundreds of years later to change everything. The first Prince Wulfstan book, In Two Minds, explores this idea not just by introducing new ideas into a medieval society, but by showing just how difficult it would be to pull that off in practice.
I’m equally fascinated by the justice system. People expect it to be fair, which is why we allow it to resolve our disputes instead of simply taking revenge ourselves. But watch an individual case play out in court and it can seem more like a high stakes game between lawyers than the pursuit of absolute truth. And if you think it’s a game, do you still accept the result if you lose? Is that still justice? At what point will a perfectly normal, perfectly decent person snap, and what happens when they do? Is it possible to plunge into the darkness of revenge and remain the normal, decent, happy person you were before you started? Enter Sally Mellors, who’s going to give it a damned good try in A Thoughtful Woman.
I live on a small farm where I fit in my writing alongside fighting the blackberry, and trying to convince the quadbike that killing its rider isn’t a core part of its job description.