Book One of Rowan Grey’s Calamity and Retribution series, Lambs to the Slaughter, reminded me of the concept behind the Bookshots series, an energetic no-nonsense hard-hitting ride. This was a book where you knew from the first moment that there were only two outcomes, and neither alternative would be all that pleasant.
From the very first page Rowan Grey cut the brakes, he was intent on dragging you into the maelstrom James Callaghan was experiencing and ensuring that you felt the deep lows and the pulse racing fear as you turned each page.
The format of the book did make the reading experience seem a little rushed, and to me it felt like a pre-sequel (Which I assume it must be given it is Book One), but there was no denying that the format worked in this instance.
The short chapters, the constant action, the intent of James Callaghan propelled the plotline to its fast-paced conclusion without missing a beat. You barely had time to exhale before the next move in the drama, and though the ending did provide a resolution, it felt like there was more to be said.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes the Bookshots series, James Patterson’s work in particular, and enjoys a good adrenaline pumping read.