by Douglas Lindsay

My ratings : 4 out of 5 stars

I got this book from NetGalley in trade for an honest review. Thank you Bastei Entertaiment >>be<< for this opportunity to review this book.

This is an interesting title to read. One of the reasons I choose to review this book is because of the title. Apparently, there really is a Judas flower, which is explained in the book that it’s the flower from the tree that Judas hanged himself. At first, I thought it’s going to be some medieval story (although have read the synopsis before requesting). Apparently, it’s not and the story is still interesting to follow through.

The flower from Judas tree

The story is basically about 3 friends who have done something bad in the past. Their friend is murdered and they try to cover it up. The Judas flower comes to the point where the victim at that time was researching about Judas and the killer wants to connect that. From my point of view, I think it’s quite far-fetched. But still it’s quite interesting to read.

For the first half of the book, things seemed like hanging around the first victim. Not until the half of the book that things started to get interesting and looks connected to each other. The story is not too fast, but it still has a bit of a twist. At first, it looks like a regular murder, with money as the background issue. But in the end, it’s part of a vengeance. It’s quite misleading in the beginning, which makes the story more interesting to read.

You have to keep reading to find out what happen in the end. The manner of the murder is also very theatrical.

Characters in this book are focused on Pereira, the detective as the main role. Her life and relationship with her daughter and ex girlfriend is taking a lot of portion in the story. The emotional aspect of the Pereira seems to muddle the point of the story. I mean, it’s good to read a struggle of a single mom, but I expect more to see the relationship between Pereira and Bain as partners. This is after all a thriller story evolved around police and crime.

Recommended for those who like story about vengeance, a bit of twist in the plot and plenty of human emotion that involved in a story.